After several months of having no proper kitchen, I have finally got my new kitchen to a good working order.
So to test out the new layout and oven I decided to cook a nice lunch and make some energy bars.
Main reason to make the energy bars is that my wife wanted to have a daytime healthy snack and we are about to do the Bloodwise bikeathon in Birmingham in July.
I used the recipe from my previous blog for energy bars. But varied the ingredients with apricots, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts.
Mixed up the ingredients with some ripe bananas and Scottish oats, using my hands to bind the mix together. I already preheated the oven to 170-180°C and poured out the mix to a small baking tray lined with parchment paper.
In the oven it went for 20-25 mins and the smell was wonderful.
I used a small rolling pin to compact down the mix so it will stick together to form a tight bar.
After baking I pulled out the tray with the edges becoming crispy and golden brown I knew it was ready.
I turned it over onto a cooling rack and after 15 mins of cooling I started to shape the bars. Started off cutting the crispy edges and then I cut the bars to smaller bite sizes. Varied the size a little so now we can choose to have a bigger or smaller bite.
The crispy off cuts didn’t go to waste as my youngest daughter loves the crispier ones.
Finally after a couple hours of proper cooling I stored them up in a tub And fidge them. Ready for a sneaky snack or when we do our training rides. Which reminds me to get back on the bike a bit more, missed quite alot of riding in the last couple of months due to kitchen refurbishment. Now that is done and living room floor is almost complete too. The timing is just right.
Got time, got my snacks, time to ride!