And after the tandoori potatoes, one of course needs something sweet for dessert. Again, this is something on the healthier side - which does not take away anything from its taste.
Cranberries are something which are very very healthy and let themselves be combined at will with any number of spices - the result is almost always good. Of course, fresh cranberries are not always easy to get - but the dried or frozen option is almost as good.
The nomenclature "Cranberry Bar" is probably somewhat of an understatement and slightly misleading, as it contains tons of other ingredients - but a Cranberry-Oats-Cinnamon-Nutmeg-Cardamom-Cloves-Hazelnut-Almonds-bar is probably a bit of a stretch on the tongue and the title bar.
4 tbsp - oat flakes
4 tbsp heaped - whole wheat flour
3 tbsp - golden syrup (you may use increase the amount)
5 tbsp - apple sauce
3 tbsp - sunflower oil
3 tbsp - low fat milk
2 tbsp - hazelnuts, finely crushed
2 tbsp - almonds, finely crushed
2 tbsp - dried cranberries
1/4 tsp - bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp - cinnamon powder, clove powder, cardamom powder
a generous pinch of nutmeg powder
a little orange rind
a little granulated or coarse brown sugar to sprinkle on the dough
- Preheat the oven to 180 degree C and grease a rectangular tray.
- In a bowl, mix together the golden syrup, apple sauce, oil and milk.
- Whisk together the rest of the ingredients (except the brown sugar) in an another bowl.
- Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and mix lightly. Do not overmix.
- Spread the mixture on the greased tray and sprinkle a little brown sugar over it.
- Bake for approx 14-15 minutes. Allow to rest in the oven for a couple of minutes then, let it cool in the tray .
- When cool, cut into squares.
These cranberry bars were an absolute hit with my husband and my friends.
Wanna have a bite ? :)
Wishing you all a Happy 2010!