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The perfect snack that combines healthy with homemade. This recipe for trail mix bars from Annabel Karmel can be made with peanuts, seeds or dried cranberries.

Introduction

Trail mix is a snack food commonly used in outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, backpacking and mountaineering. It usually consists of a mixture of nuts, seeds and dried fruits such as raisins and cranberries. It’s energy rich and has a high content of vitamins and minerals. .

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Ingredients

55g (2oz) butter
3 tbsp golden syrup or clear honey
100g (3½oz) quick- cook oats
80g (3oz) soft brown sugar
30g (1oz) Cheerios
40g (1½oz) raisins
40g (1½oz) salted peanuts or pumpkin seeds
55g (2oz) milk chocolate chips or dried cranberries
35g (1¼oz) sunflower seeds
¼ tsp salt

Essential kit

You will need a 20 x 20cm (8 x 8in) tin.

Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas 3 and line a 20 x 20cm (8 x 8in) tin with greased baking parchment.

Put the butter and golden syrup in a small pan over a low heat until the butter has melted. Set aside to cool.

Put the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and stir together. Add the cooled butter mixture and mix well to combine. Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and press down firmly. Bake for 30–35 minutes until the centre is just firm to the touch.

Remove from the oven, cool for 15 minutes then mark into 8 bars, using a sharp knife. Allow to cool completely before lifting from the pan. Store in an airtight container.

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