Monday, 2 June 2008

Apricot Seed Bars~BookMarked Recipes Event

It seem's like ages since I last baked or blogged. Sorry for not having been around much lately but recently I have been feeling run down and lost my baking mojo. I woke up today and decided that I had to bake something for my boy's who have missed my baking. So this morning whilst drinking my cup of tea I came across these Apricot Seed Bars, an easy and rather healthy recipe that I've had bookmarked. These bars are packed full of dried fruit, seeds and home-baked goodness. They would make a perfect energy snack if you’re hiking or biking or just need an energy boost fix during the day.

The lovely Ruth from Ruth's Kitchen Experiments has a wonderful blog event which she hosts every Monday called BookMarked Recipes, where you bake or cook a book marked recipe from magazines, cookbooks, online recipes etc. I love the concept of an event that encourages you to try out recipes that you've had your eye on. So I am submitting my Apricot Seed Bars!

Apricot Seed Bars

Makes 20 Bars

¾ cup butter, softened
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¾ tsp cinnamon
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
¾ finely chopped dried apricots
¾ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup sesame seeds
¼ flax seeds
¼ sunflower seeds

Preheat oven to 350oF/180oC
13- by 9-inch cake pan, greased

In a bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar and egg until smooth and creamy. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir into creamed mixture, mixing well. Stir in rolled oats, apricots, cranberries, sesame seeds, flax seeds and sunflower seeds. Spread evenly in prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven until top is set and golden, 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on rack. Cut into bars.

Recipe source: Bars & Squares..more than 200 recipes by Jill Snider


Rosie said...

It is lovely to *see* you back sweetie but please take it steady!

A most wonderful entry of your yummy apricot seed bars for Ruth's event!! I just adore the idea of them being packed full of dried fruit, seeds and home-baked goodness - yum!!

Rosie x

MrsB said...

Hey Maria, sorry to hear you've not been on top if the world recently, i've missed looking at your wonderful baking! The seed bars look great by the way. Hope your feeling better x

Maggie said...

The seed bars are full of goodness and will do you good. Take care. Mx

Finla said...

Welcome back.
Good that you have your boys to give you a nudge to make cakes otherwise we will miss seeing your lovely cakes here

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

These bars sound really tasty, I love adding seeds into my bakes, makes them seem so healthy.
Hope you find your mojo soon.

Nickki said...

It's so lovely to see you blogging again! I'm sorry to hear you've not been very well. Take care of yourself. Those oat bars do look delicious - I love the bookmarked recipe idea. xxx

Swati said...

Miss seeing you around Maria..
A lovely bar recipe filled with goodies :)

Maria♥ said...

Awe thanks everyone, so nice to see all these lovely comments!!


Kelly-Jane said...

They look great! I've not managed to read through the book yet, but made the butterscotch bars and they were lovely, will blog them at some point later!

Good to see you back.


Maria♥ said...

Hi Kelly and thanks for the lovely comments. Isn't it a great book? I have seen the Butterscotch bars and they caught my eye, so looking forward to viewing yours ;o)


Ruth Strong said...

Maria, I had been wondering how you were but glad to see you back and have your mojo too! These look great!!!! i'm trying to eat more bars like this for breakfast and things and I've a little pile of apricots to use up too!!!

JillyB said...

What a way to bring your mojo back. These look lovely Maria and I can see them appearing in the kids luncboxes really soon!

Kelly-Jane said...

Sorry Maria, I called them the wrong thing (duh!) I meant I made the apple blondies with the brown sugar frosting you blogged a couple of weeks ago - lovely!

Maria♥ said...

Not to worry Looking forward to seeing your apple blondies with the brown sugar frosting!!


Gigi said...

Welcome back! I know what you mean. Sometimes one is just not feeling the baking mojo. But I am glad you're back with these delicious-healthy bars!

Maria♥ said...

Hi Gigi
Thanks for the lovely compliments! I wasn't feeling the baking mojo while unwell but it's back and in full swing ;o)


Sophie said...

These look like they'd make a great after-breakfast snack :). Great recipe. I love coming across tasty snack recipes, I always run out of ideas!