I do 99% of the grocery shopping in our home. So I can only blame myself if I run out of a baking supplies.
Every now and then I’ll remark to my husband how amazing it is that when we run low on something it’ll just miraculously re-appear on the pantry shelves… joking but with a little barb attached!
Ha ha, clever witty me … until it doesn’t miraculously re-appear. And it comes as such a shock… How can I not have any of that item?! Oops!
So, I ran out of oats. I’ve been making a lot of these rusks lately, and that’s where they’ve gone.
There was only half a cup left, and I needed a whole cupful for the granola bar recipe I was trying.
It sounded like a very versatile recipe, though, so I just upped the amount of seeds, and made these very more-ish sunflower and sesame bars instead:
Chewy Sunflower & Sesame Seed Bars (No -bake!)
Recipe adapted from bowlofdelicious.com
Line a small square baking pan, 16x16cm or 18x18cm, with parchment paper.
(Make a cross of paper – two sheets at as in the photo, leaving the sides long, extending above the sides of the pan to make lifting out easier).
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup oats (traditional rolled oats, not instant oats)
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup flaked almonds
2 tbs chia seeds (optional)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Melt the honey and coconut oil together in a saucepan over medium heat.
When the mixture begins to bubble, turn down the heat and stir in the other ingredients.
Cook on low for 2 minutes. Stirring frequently.
Remove from the stove and spread and flatten the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
NB: Take time to really compress and compact it into the pan – fold down the parchment on top of the mixture, and use your hands, or the flat base of a glass, or another square pan to pre-e-e-ss it in.
Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool completely (4 hours, or overnight).
Remove from the pan, and cut into bars.
Store in the fridge.
The bars can get a little sticky if left at room temperature, so wrap in cling-wrap if they’re going to be added to a lunchbox.
Have a look at the original recipe and suggested variations here.