Mother Hubbard's cupboards have tumbleweeds blowing through them. More specifically, our seemingly bottomless stash of granola bars, snacky fruit bars and healthy type treats has run dry. Necessity being the mother of invention, these lovelies came to fruition this afternoon.
Now I fully admit subscribing to the once bitten twice shy mantra. In this instance, its using sweet potatoes for a binder or a sweet substitute ingredient. I've been burned by this tasty minx once before, trying to recreate Mimi's Cafe sweet potato buttermilk biscuits. The results were less than stellar. Safe to say, I proceeded with cautious optimism into this granola foray, but was rewarded handsomely.
Maple Dried Plum Granola Bars
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
3/4 cup chopped California dried plums
1/2 cup chopped dried apples
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly until a large ball of sticky granola goodness is formed. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Press granola onto parchment paper with damp hands until it is 1/2 inch thick throughout. Bake for 25 minutes. Cut into 12 even bars shortly after removing from oven. Store in air tight container for up to two weeks.
In other exciting news, SoCal Sustenance will be hosting its first giveaway shortly, and its a pretty darn good one. I'm excited for a chance to say thank you to those of you fabulous readers who've taken part in this blogs growth and development in the past 9 months. I hope you have enjoyed it just as much as I have. Stay tuned SoCalers, you're not gonna want to miss out on what's to come!