Thursday, 11 August 2011

Cranberry, Almonds and a Bar - Oh my.

You know, there are some things that you miss more/less as you grow older. I miss the comfort of a full body snow suit, the way dill pickle chips wrinkle your lips if you eat a whole bag, the undeniable way poutine solidifies in your stomach, leaving you sleepy and unable to muster a cohesive sentence. The past I urge to stay behind should start out with the tri-yearly home perms that only worked on 2/3rd's of my head, the multi coloured neon bike shorts that I wore with a matching hat and tank top...and ten speed, the fact that I used to eat uncooked 2 minute noodles out of the package with it's MSG filled seasoning sprinkled all over their crunchy dryness - note: this was despite the fact that it was rumoured that by doing such a wild thing you would swiftly develop an incurable case of tape worms. 

I really crave the way that in your younger years you could eat without thinking about your health. You relied on your parents to nourish your growing body and depended on them to fill you with the vitamins and minerals to make your bones soar you to new awkward teenage heights. When you get to a point in your life where you are responsible for feeding your belly and paying for tend to take the corners a bit sharp on the road of nutrition. You eat on the run, late at night, out of packages. A snack is a bag of chips or an expensive muesli bar filled with sugar, the unknown and promises of energizer power. What people don't understand is that a muesli bar can be the easiest thing to make and tastiest to eat. It can be light on the sugar and heavy on the goodness. 

In a lightly heated pot melt together 1/2 a cup honey, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and slightly under a half a cup of butter. 

Throw together one and a half cups of oats, 1 cup of crushed up breakfast cereal...seriously, anything in your cupboard, 2 tablespoons ground almond meal, half of a teaspoon cinnamon, a third of a cup toasted almonds that you've chopped up, third of a cup dried cranberries - or any type of dried fruit you have sitting along side your miscellaneous morning cereal, and 1 tablespoon coconut.  

Add your melted deliciousness to your fruit and nutty goodness. Press this mixture firmly into square baking dish of your choice and bake for 20-25 minutes in a 200c oven. You want it light brown and set. Cut when totally cool or it will fall to pieces. 

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