We recently had the Cooking Channel magically appear on our satellite menu. We’ve been watching old episodes of Food Network shows and some I’ve never heard of. Although most cooking shows are seriously lacking in vegetarian (much less vegan!) fare, I still like to get tips on techniques or ideas of recipes I can veganize. One recipe that looked like it had a shot at a make-over is “Chewy seedy oat and apricot bars” from Rachel’s Favourite Food. The end result was good, but not an unequivocal success. For one thing, the recipe includes metric amounts and I think my conversions left something to be desired. Also, the original uses something called “golden syrup,” which from what I could tell (thanks to Google) is a British specialty. Substitutions aren’t recommended (they think quite highly of their golden syrup), but in a pinch one could use maple syrup or a mixture of corn syrup and molasses. I chose maple syrup because I thought it would be healthier, but I think the thinner consistency affected the final outcome. I also had to bake my bars for much longer than the recipe states and I still wasn’t totally happy with the texture (Will thought it would make a great pie filling). So, I’ll post what I did and welcome suggestions for ways to make this more “bar-like”.
Chewy Oat and Apricot Bars
- 1 2/3 c. oats
- 1/2 c. slivered almond
- 1/4 c. peanuts
- 1/4 c. shredded coconut
- 1/4 c. flour
- 14 Tbsp. margarine
- 14 Tbsp. maple syrup
- approx. 2/3 c. brown sugar
- approx. 2/3 c. dried apricots, chopped
- a little over 1/2 c. natural peanut butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325° F and grease a 10″ pan (or line with parchment paper). Place the oats, nuts, coconut, and flour into a large bowl and mix together. Place the margarine and maple syrup into a saucepan and cook until melted. Add sugar, apricots, peanut butter, and vanilla to saucepan and mix well. Add this mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until everything is evenly combined. Pour into prepared pan and press down firmly with wooden spoon. Bake 45 minutes or until the mixture seems firm. It should also firm up some once it’s cooled.
Theoretically, you should be able to cut these into bars …. but we just spooned out a little at a time. I filled up a little tupperware container and brought some with me for a snack at work. You need a spoon, but it’s still a great snack. Not too sweet, and definitely filling.