Jamie O’s Porridge Bars

Starting off with a super recipe for cookie month.  Ok, maybe not technically a cookie but a bar, although probably easily transformed into a cookie if you like.  I think what I love about Jamie Oliver’s Porridge Oat Bars are that I can justify the consumption of them for breakfast.  Although I have been know to eat a cookie of just about any kind for breakfast, at least with this one, we can feel good about it.

This recipe for  Porridge Oat Bars with Nuts, Seed, Fruit and Spices, are in Jamie Oliver’s Superfood Cookbook, a book that is chock a block full of amazing recipes, although hey, would be surprised at that, after all it is Jamie Oliver.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 ounces (about a half a cup, I think I may have used a little more than that) of unsalted mixed nuts, such as walnuts, Brazils, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, cashews (I put some almonds in instead of hazelnuts)
  • 1 3/4 ounces (about a quarter cup, but again, probably used a little more) of mixed seeds, such as chia, poppy, sunflower, sesame, flaxseed, and pumpkin
  • 3 1/2 ounces of dried fruit. (I used raisins, cranberries and apricots)
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 orange
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • `1 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp oat bran (I wanted to keep it gluten free as I used gluten free oats so I used flax meal here)

Method:

  1. Preheat over to 375 F.
  2. In a food processor, pulse nuts, seeds, dried fruit and spices, pulse together.  Put into a bowl and set aside.
  3. Into the food processor, put in the banana and orange.  Pulse to a pulp.
  4. Into a measuring cup, put in the banana and orange mixture.  Then add the honey and top up with water to the 2 cups mark.
  5. Pour the mixture into a pot. Heat under boiling.  Add the oats and the nut and seed mixture.
  6. Cook the oats until the the mixture is gooey.
  7. Pour the batter into a baking dish and pat down.  Score the bars as Jamie suggests as it really makes it easier to cut later.
  8. Bake for 40-50 minutes until browned.

I let them cool completely before cutting them and they cut through very easily.

After I made them, I thought…Hey, these would make good cookies too…I think you could scoop the batter into balls and make them into cookies very easily.  The batter is quite sticky so I don’t think there is any fear of them falling apart.  Also thought some peanut butter in the mix may work well too…you just can’t go wrong by adding peanut butter as far as I am concerned.

So welcome to cookie month at Crave Life!  We hope you find some yummy recipes to make and we can’t wait to share some more with you!

 

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