I know I just posted an entry about the no bake bars but I wasn’t completely happy with them so I tried something else!
And I know I’m a little hypocrite here because I have been preaching people about corn syrup. I’m only using corn syrup because I didn’t know what to substitute honey with. Corn syrup, is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay, and more. Scary, right! We do have a bottle at home because Rob likes to eat his pancakes with it and who am I to say he can’t. When you read labels of granola bars, then it’s either honey or corn syrup. Especially in the organic ones, because honey is a byproduct of bees and therefore not something that vegetarians use.
*image from http://nutritionfacts.org
Corn Syrup is everywhere because, it is a cheap way to add flavor to processed foods. You can find it in products from pretzels to mayonnaise. Nowadays, I don’t buy anything without reading the label.
I feel horrible, but I only used 1/4 cup so I’m pretending it’s ok, for now! As soon as I figure out what to use instead of corn syrup I will use that!
Anyways I was forced to get up 7am on Sunday morning, I figured I will make some breakfast bars.
I dehydrated pears and apples myself. 130 F for 10 hours. You can use whatever dehydrated fruits or berries, whatever you like!
2 cups of Kellogg’s special K cerial
1,5 cup of dehydrated apple/pear mix (small pieces)
1/4 cup ground almonds
0.5 tbsp butter
1/4 corn syrup
1/8 cup packed brown sugar
Add butter, corn syrup and brown sugar into a small sauce pan. Boil 2 – 3 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened.
Line the baking pan with parchment paper, spray it with cooking spray. Transfer mixture in a baking pan (I used 7,5x8inches) and press mixture firmly with the back of the spoon.
Put it in the freezer for 15 minutes and 45 minutes to fridge. It should be firm enough to cut.
Maple syrup contains a small amount of minerals, especially manganese and zinc, that sounds good, right? However, it is also very high in sugar (about 67%), not good! There are a number of antioxidant substances found in maple syrup, but the amount is low compared to the large amount of sugar…hmmm. So do you think maple syrup is better than corn syrup? I think I need help here.