This bar recipe was a request by a friend after seeing it posted in  the virtual feast. A word of caution: though healthy, it is important to understand that it is equally loaded with calories depending on the ingredients you add to it.

My daughter is recuperating after being seriously sick, and also with the 12th exams round the corner, I want healthy alternatives as she is not supposed to eat junk or lot of fruits (limited fruits selections)

I have tried to take pictures as I find they are so self explanatory after seeing chithmam do it.

Ingredients : these bars are so flexible that you can play around to suit your palate and even your moods.

The one I have made today is oats and multigrain wheat flour with lots of dried cranberries, blueberries, dates and raisin, along with just a hint of powdered almonds,and yes loaded with sesame seeds as they are rich in iron and also made in jaggery as I ran short of brown sugar.

Ingredients for the Healthy Cereal Bar:

Oats – 1.5 cup
Wheat flour – 0.5 cup.
Jaggery powdered – 3/4 or 1 cup depending on what dry fruits you add (Dates being already loaded with sweetness I have reduced jaggery)
Sesame seed – 2 tbsp
Dates -10 nice cut/mashed
Cranberries+blueberries+raisin – 2 tbsp
Oil/butter (I have used oil) – 1 tbsp
Milk powder – 2 tbsp.
Almond powder – 1 tbsp
Water/milk – 2 tbsp.

Procedure for Making the Cereal Bar:

1- Mix oil/butter and jaggery and mix into a nice mixture. Add almond powder and dry fruits and mix.

2- Now add oats, wheat flour, milk powder and mix again If the mixture does not roll into a dough, add a little milk or water and mix it into a dough like consistency.

3- Place it on a baking tray, and bake at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes and a few minutes more if you like the bar brittle rather than chewy.




Variations :

1- You could make one with just the health drink mix with lots of nuts and brown sugar, like the one I made some time back.Virtual Feast (only photos, no FBs)

2- Add a little cocoa powder to make it chocolaty.

3- Just make with plain oats and almond powder.

4- You can add mashed papaya and mashed banana variations too.

5- Nicely roasted dessicated coconut would taste great.