Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hungry Bird Bars


I've finally found a mascot for Almacucina and it's these Hungry Bird Bars, aka, sourdough granola bars, the Sourdough Surprise August challenge.  These bars will make you sore, loaded as they are with all things birds, and I, love like millet, sunflower seeds, raisins and nuts.

As treats go they are truly no guilt, it's all good, clean fun and healthy stuff.  They'll rev you up with energy but you won't get that sugar crash.  They are plenty sweet thanks to honey and dried fruits.  The walnuts, millet and sunflower seeds add crunch, the dates and raisins make them extra chewy and the starter holds everything together and adds a pleasant tangy background to it all.

Cut into 8 slices they are substantial, almost like a meal, and considering the main ingredient is oats I had no problem substituting one of these for breakfast on the run.  Cut into 16 bars they're equally  as good for that 3 PM office slump or that 7 o'clock after walk-before bedtime snack.  Just what the hungry bird ordered!
  
hungry bird bars

2 cups whole oats
1/2 cup millet
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins
6 dates, chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup sourdough starter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Oil a 9 inch square pan and set aside.    Soak raisins in 1 cup of hot water and in a separate bowl soak millet in 1/2 cup of hot water, each for about 15 minutes, then drain.

In a large bowl combine oats, drained millet, drained raisins, chopped walnuts, chopped dates and sunflower seeds.   In a small bowl whisk together honey and starter; pour over oat mixture and fold in until completely mixed.

Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes before cutting.  Makes 16 servings.



 

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4 comments:

  1. I love the name - these do remind me of the birdseed blocks in appearance! I must be part bird because I love all that stuff too.

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    1. Thanks Rebecca, all us artists and poets and chefs are part bird!!

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  2. Hungry Bird Bars, what a great name! I wouldn't want to share these with the birds though.

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  3. Thanks! I'm actually diggin these treats, just made a second batch!

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