Store-bought granola bars sound healthy but at times they are no better than a chocolate bar. Why not make your own? They are great to add to your child's lunch or for after school snacks.
Portion size15 servings
Credits :Eat Right For Life: Spring 2004
3 1/2 cups
quick-cooking rolled oats
<b>Per bar:</b> about
Total fat5 g
Total carbohydrate38 g
Line 9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan with foil, leaving 1-inch (2.5 cm) overhang for handles; grease. Set aside.
In bowl, combine oats, sugar, butter, syrup, honey, vanilla and salt. Stir in cranberries, apricots, and coconut (if using).
Press into prepared pan. Bake in 350ºF (180ºC) oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Let cool completely in pan on rack. Using foil handles, lift out of pan. Peel off foil. Cut into bars. Makes 15 bars.
Want your French toast express-style? Skip the frying pan for this decadent, sweet treat that's ready in less than 10 minutes. With the addition of a few pantry staples (see variations, below), you can make this basic version extra sweet or salty.
Prep time5 minutes
Total time7 minutes
Portion size1 serving
1 1/4 cup
cubed (1 inch)
Per serving: about
Total fat10 g
Saturated fat3 g
Total carbohydrate47 g
In bowl, whisk together egg, milk and vanilla. Add bread; mix well. Spoon mixture into microwaveable mug or bowl. Microwave on high, in 30-second intervals, until set, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve warm drizzled with maple syrup.
Change it up: Try these variations for an extra hit of sweetness or a salty spin.
Whisk 1 tbsp marmalade into egg mixture; continue with recipe as directed.
Whisk 1 tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread and 1/4 tsp sea salt into egg mixture; continue with recipe as directed.
Cinnamon-Raisin Sticky Bun
Whisk 1/8 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp raisins into egg mixture; continue with recipe as directed.
Studded with chocolate chips and crystallized ginger, this moist marbled loaf makes the best fall-flavoured afternoon treat. For the prettiest slices, generously swirl the batters together.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time1 hour & 45 minutes
Portion size12 servings
1 1/4 teaspoon
each baking soda and
each salt, ground cloves and
dark chocolate chips
Fresh Pumpkin Purée
(Instructions under method)
(about 4 oz), melted and slightly cooled
Per serving: about
Total fat19 g
Saturated fat11 g
Total carbohydrate52 g
In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ground ginger, salt, cloves and nutmeg. Stir in chocolate chips and crystallized ginger.
In separate large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time; beat in pumpkin purée and vanilla (mixture may appear separated). Stir in flour mixture until combined. Remove half of the batter to separate bowl; fold melted chocolate into 1 bowl of the batter until combined.
Alternately drop spoonfuls of light and dark batters into parchment paper–lined 8- x 4-inch (1.5 L) loaf pan. Using butter knife, gently swirl batters to create marble effect. Using small offset palette knife, smooth top. Bake in 350° oven until loaf springs back when lightly touched, about 70 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Lift out onto rack; peel off parchment paper. Let cool completely.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: To make sure your loaf pan holds 1.5 litres, measure it by filling it with water. Not all brands are standardized, and volume will affect the baking time.
Bacon on a workday? Yes, please! These freezable frittatas are a weekday morning saviour. Heat 'em up in the microwave and enjoy on toast or an English muffin, or on their own with a side of greens or sliced avocado.
In large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook brussels sprouts until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water; drain well.
Meanwhile, in nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat, stirring often, until crisp, about 2 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel–lined plate.
Drain all but 1 tsp fat from pan; sauté brussels sprouts with pinch salt over medium-high heat until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in bacon. Scrape into lightly greased 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) baking dish.
Whisk together eggs, milk and pinch salt; pour into baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake in 350°F oven until puffed and knife inserted in centre comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool slightly. Cut into 8 squares. (Make-ahead: Wrap each square in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days or overwrap in foil and freeze for up to 3 weeks. Reheat in microwave or oven.)
A French term that means "paving stone," pavé describes the brick shape of this elegant dessert. Whisky often has notes of vanilla, caramel and chocolate, making it a lovely complement to desserts featuring those same flavours.
Chocolate Whiskey Pavé: Line 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving 4-inch (10 cm) overhang. Set aside.
In heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt butter with chocolate, stirring, until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in whisky. Let cool for 15 minutes.
Beat cream until stiff peaks form; whisk one-quarter into chocolate mixture. Fold in remaining whipped cream. Scrape into prepared pan, smoothing top; fold overhang over top. Refrigerate until firm, about 4 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.) Unwrap and let stand at room temperature for 5 minutes; using hot knife, slice pavé crosswise.
Sponge Toffee: While pavé is chilling, in 6-cup (1.5 L) saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup and 3 tbsp water to boil over medium heat, stirring just until sugar is dissolved. Boil, without stirring but brushing down side of pan with pastry brush dipped in cold water, until candy thermometer reads 300°F (149°C) or 1 tsp mixture dropped in cold water forms hard brittle threads, about 12 minutes.
Remove from heat; standing back and averting face, pour in vanilla. Add baking soda, whisking just until combined, about 2 or 3 times. (Mixture will bubble, sputter and increase in volume.)
Pour into parchment paper–lined 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan (do not scrape bottom of saucepan). Let cool in pan, undisturbed, for about 2 hours. Using serrated knife, cut toffee into bite-size pieces. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; store for up to 1 month.) Serve with pavé.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: For puffed, airy sponge toffee, resist the urge to scrape the bottom of the saucepan when pouring the syrup into the loaf pan. Otherwise, the denser syrup that collects at the bottom will deflate the lighter syrup as it settles in the loaf pan.