Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Milk booster bars

These are very nutritious for pregnant and nursing mamas, growing children and anyone who needs a power-packed snack. The oats may boost milk supply, the molasses is an excellent source of iron and the flax seeds are a great source of omegas. These bars are very dense and filling. Perfect for a quick breakfast on the go. The mild flavor is gentle on queasy tummies. Because of the honey, they are not suitable for babies under one year.

1/2 cup (1 stick) buttter or margarine
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup sugar
1Tbs cinnamon
3 cups oats (toasted if you like)
3 cups cereal-I used Honey Bunches of Oats, but any hearty, whole grain cereal or granola will work
1/2 cup nuts or seeds-I used flax

Grease a 9x13 inch pan. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add honey, and molasses. Bring to simmer. Add sugar. Stir till dissolved. Remove pan from heat. Stir in cinnamon, oats, cereal, and nuts or seeds. Toss to coat well. Pour into pan and press firmly with buttered or wet hands. Let cool at room temperature approximately 30 minutes.
When cool, score with a large knife. I cut mine into granola bars, but squares are fine. Or diamonds. Or parallelograms. Whatever. They will be very rich, so keep them on the small side.
Place in the fridge to chill. Once cold, flip pan over and tip them out. Break into pieces along scorelines. Store in the fridge.

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