22 October 2009

[lunchbox: Ideas #2 - Trail Mix Bars & Contest Clue #4]

I'm still pretty new at this - and having my son in kindergarten two days a week, REALLY isn't that difficult for lunches. But still ... it is.

Our school is a "nut free" school, which makes things a little more tricky. Actually - what it REALLY means, is that most things are homemade that go in his lunchbox - just to make sure. It's surprising how many pre-packaged food items say, "may contain traces of nuts".

Well - because there's recess and lunch, I try and give Tias good choices for both. Although, his recess snack has to be quick and simple. Here's something that I've just tried ... maybe you'll like to as well.

Trail Mix Bars

4 tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
3 tbsp honey
1 1/3 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup cheerios
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 325F. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper. Lightly grease.
Put butter and honey in a small saucepan. Heat gently until butter is melted. Set aside to cool.

Place remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to combine. And the cooled butter mixture and mix well. Transfer to the prepared pan and press down firmly with a potato masher. Bake for 30 minutes or until the center is just firm to the touch.

Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then mark into eight bars using a sharp knife. Allow to cool completely before lifting from the pan. Store in an airtight container.
Now ... for today's question ... "My dad was on a missions trip when Katia was born. Name the two countries he visited." If you've missed the previous questions, or contest information, click "contest" on the sidebar and read up on what's going on 'round here.

Have a good one!


Anonymous said...

where's the email for today, so I know where to send my answers

Tawn said...

I'll be including the email addy in tomorrow's post - thanks for playing! :-)

Rosalia said...

I got this one,wednesday clue was hard one.