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Τραγανές μπάρες δημητριακών με μήλο και κανέλα - Vegan in Athens

Crunchy cereal bars with apple puree and cinnamon

The idea for these bars came from another recipe for oatmeal cookies that a friend gave me a few years ago. Although the cookies were very tasty, they called for margarine and white sugar and thus, I wanted to create something simple that we could consume as a snack at work or even as a sweet, without worrying about our health. So I replaced the white sugar with brown and instead of margarine I used olive oil. The result was even better than the classic oat biscuits, and these cookie-bars became our favorite snack!

Usually when I make the bars, I use rolled oats because they are not expensive (even if we choose the biological brands), but they are also delicious with rolled buckwheat flakes -if we want to avoid gluten, or rolled zea (Triticum dicoccum).

Crunchy cereal bars with apple and cinnamon - Veganinathens.com

The recipe is very easy to make and due to its high nutrient content, the bars can be prepared as a snack for children. Even a small bar is enough to satisfy our hunger when we need to eat something between our meals and thus I usually have a small cereal bar in my bag when I’m out.

If we decide to make them at home, we can become a little bit creative by adding half cup of dried fruits of our choice.

Τραγανές μπάρες δημητριακών με μήλο και κανέλα - Veganinathens.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oat flakes
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds or chopped nuts
  • ½ cup dry coconut, shredded or almond powder
  • 1/3 cup apple puree
  • ½ cup raw brown sugar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Τραγανές μπάρες δημητριακών με μήλο και κανέλα - veganinathens.com

Method

  1. To make the apple puree, wash and peel 1 medium apple. Cut into large pieces and place in a small pan along with 1-2 tbsp of water. Cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Mash with a fork and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes more until all the liquid has been evaporated from the bottom of the pan. Turn off the heat and let the puree aside to cool.
  2. To make the bars, combine into a bowl 1/3 cup of the apple puree with the sugar and the olive oil until well mixed.
  3. Add all the other ingredients and mix well with a spoon. Let the mixture rest for half an hour.
  4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and spread the mixture evenly with hands, shaping a square or rectangular. The thickness of the dough should be about 1 centimeter.
  5. Bake in preheated oven at 170 oC for 15 minutes. Then remove the tray from the oven and with a sharp knife cut square or rectangular bars. Lower the temperature of the oven at 130-140 oC and continue baking for 15-20 minutes until crisp.
  6. Let the bars to cool and keep in a box.

Τραγανές μπάρες δημητριακών με μήλο και κανέλα - veganinathens.com

Note: These cookie-bars are delicious and I am sure that you will make the recipe again and again. To make sure that the recipe will work each time, use the same measuring cup for all of the ingredients.

 

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