Monday, 8 April 2013

Chewy monkey bars - Recipe corner

First day back to school from the Easter holidays today, Jasper and I both missed Ace all day.
As a nice after school snack we made these, a great recipe from The Hummingbird Cake Days book my sister bought me. They were a hit for my little monkeys
Makes 12 bars


120g (4oz) runny honey
60g (2oz) unsalted butter
60g (2oz) crunchy peanut butter
160g (5.5oz) white mini marshmallows
1 tsp vanilla essence
100g (3.5oz) rolled oats
175g (6oz) puffed rice cereal
175g (6oz) desiccated coconut
40g (1.5oz) roasted unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped
40g (1.5oz) glace cherries, roughly chopped
100g (3.5oz) dark chocolate chips
50g (13/4oz) chopped mixed nuts

One 22 x 31cm (9 x 12.5in) baking tray

Line the tray with baking parchment. Place the honey in a saucepan with the butter, peanut butter, marshmallows and vanilla essence and melt together over a low heat.
In a bowl, mix together the oats, rice cereal, coconut peanuts, cherries and 70g (2.5oz) of the chocolate chips. Pour the warm, melted ingredients over this dry mixture, stirring together thoroughly to make sure all of the dry ingredients are evenly coated. Press the mixture into the prepared baking tray.
Melt the remaining chocolate chips in the microwave or in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the monkey bar mixture and sprinkle with the chopped mixed nuts, then leave in the fridge for about 1 hour to set. Once the mixture has set, it can be turned out on to a chopping board and sliced into 12 bars

Take care, Natalie xx

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