FOOD : FUDGY FRUIT AND NUT SPICED SNACK BARS

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Helloooo everyone!

Blogging about food isn't always as easy as the photos depict. Aside from coming up with recipes, you have to deal with the dreaded moments of 'is it cooked?' 'does it taste good?'. Those two absolutely failed me trying to come up with a bake last week - let's say I spent £3 on lemons and to much avail there's no lemon in this recipe.

But I digress, as in some instances some things just work like my Coffee Caramel Brownies (clicking the link may change your life). Using sweet potato as the base for brownies gives this delicious texture so I thought, why not make a tray-bake that has the filling carbs of sweet potato but the breakfast taste that keeps you going through mid-morning or afternoon meetings, shopping trips, and isn't the regular granola.

Enter, the Fudgy Fruit and Nut Spiced Snack Bars. A perfect mix of sweet, filling and tasty flavours in a fudgy form. It may confuse you, but it'll leave you wanting more and do the trick for keeping you satisfied.

Ingredients
1 Small Banana | 1 Medium Sweet Potato | 1 Tsp Cinnamon | ¼ Tsp Ginger and Mixed Spice | ¼ Cup of Nuts/Seeds/Dried Fruit of choice | ½¾ Cup Nut Milk | 3 Tbsp Soya Yogurt | 150g Rice Flour | 35g Sugar | 55g Soya Butter | ½ Tsp Baking Powder


1. Preheat the oven to 180°c, and boil the sweet potato until it's soft and mashable. Cream the butter and sugar together until a smooth consistency.


2. Weigh out all your dry ingredients including the spices, and pop to one side. Weigh your chosen nuts and seeds, and chop into small pieces.


3. Drain the sweet potato and mash in the pan. Take you banana and also mash into a smooth consistency. Combine both into the wet mixture, and slowly alternate between adding the yogurt, milk and dry ingredients.


4. When it's the right consistency - a little bit wet but fudgy looking - combine the nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Pour the batter into a parchment lined baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes until firm and dense, but a little bit moist still.



5. Once it's all finished cooking, remove from the tray and allow to cool. Cut into squares and store them away for your snacking delight!



These snack bars are fabulous on their own for 'on-the-go' moments, or you can get fancy and drizzle some chocolate on top for a healthier pudding - trust me, it's good with chocolate ;) These are also really good for Halloween, as they're orange and sweet - you might want that chocolate on top though to keep the kids nibbling away at it!
The banana adds a lovely flavour with the cinnamon, definitely tasting like second breakfast and keeping you tied over until lunchtime. If that's not a successful bake, then I don't know what is. Isn't it nice when things blend together?


Are you a snack bar / tray bake fan? Will you be trying sweet potato in your pudding soon? Are you loving the festive spices and smells?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x


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