Sunshine bars

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(21 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Plus 2 hours setting time

Easy

Cuts into 18 bars

The solution for any picnic or open air event – a no-bake bar packed with good stuff

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal190
  • fat11g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre2g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.26g
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Ingredients

  • 100g dried ready-to-eat tropical medley or other mixed dried fruits
  • 100g porridge oats
  • 50g puffed rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
  • 85g desiccated coconut
  • 50g blanched hazelnuts or shelled peanuts or other nuts
  • 50g sunflower, sesame or pumpkin seeds
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 125ml golden syrup
  • 100g butter, chopped up
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Method

  1. Chop the tropical medley into pieces using kitchen scissors. Tip the oats, cereal, coconut and fruit into a large bowl and mix well, using a wooden spoon or clean hands. Put the hazelnuts and sunflower, sesame or pumpkin seeds in a frying pan with no oil and, over a moderate heat, stir until they are lightly toasted. Leave to cool a little then tip into the bowl and mix.

  2. Put the sugar, syrup and butter in a small pan and heat gently, stirring with a wooden spoon until melted, then simmer for 2 minutes until slightly thicker and syrupy.

  3. Quickly stir the syrup into the dry mix, stirring until it all starts to bind and there are no dry patches.

  4. Quickly tip into a 20cm square tin and press down with the back of a spoon to even out the surface. Leave to cool and set – about 2 hours. Cut the mixture into 6 one way and 3 the other to make 18 bars. Store in a tin, or wrapped tightly in foil for up to a week.

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tinysparkles
1st Jun, 2010
5.05
tried these for the first time on sunday and they turned out perfect - was super easy to make and no oven required!! best of all everybody loved them and finished them off pretty quickly!! was so inspired i made up a chocolate version which was good but not as good as the original fruit mix.... love teh rice krispies in this recipe!
janer0binson
15th May, 2010
Once the mix is in the tin, press down with a potato masher to firm it. This makes it easy to cut later.
dfootner
20th Oct, 2009
5.05
I love this recipe. I put in whatever dried fruit I have and leave out the nuts. The first time I made this it crumbled, so I simmered the syrup mix for longer the next time which worked a treat.
juliegates
12th Aug, 2009
Easy to make - I made these with a group of parents and year 1 kids during our Healthy Eating session. Both parents and kids loved them and they stored well in container in fridge. Great non-cook recipe.
jenny3704
30th Mar, 2009
5.05
These are so easy to make! Mine didn't crumble at all, I cut them into bars just before they set. They are so tasty, I had to stop myself from eating them all. I made them over a week ago, and I have stored them in an air tight container and they are still good to eat, my husband took some to work this morning. I am going to try making them with honey next time. Brilliant recipe!
ntepmarquis
24th Feb, 2009
4.05
Had same problem as majority of others - although they were sticky they crumbled!!!!!!!!!!!!! Children enjoyed them though and we will make them again - maybe try the slight baking and overnight in the fridge idea.
hayfaa
16th Feb, 2009
5.05
Tastes very nice and so easy to make. However next time I will reduce syrup as it is a bit too sweet for us - maybe will try someone's suggestion using honey instead. :-)
gillywhit
31st Jan, 2009
I have made these several times but like some other cocomments they are crumbly is it best to reduce the syrup or butter. They are delicious though even eaten with a teaspoon.
scamps
29th Dec, 2008
followed recipe came out sticky and crumbly ,tried again and put it in the microwave ful power for three minuets pressed it down and left over night came out perfect just like the picture .hope this helps ,this is how i will do mine in future
marola
18th Dec, 2008
3.05
Nice taste but too sticky. Might have preferred to cook them for a bit just to remove the raw consistence. Having said all that we will still eat them all............!!

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