It is my pleasure to announce the next edition of Creative Concoctions for the next fortnight and I have chosen as theme “Desserts”.
Creative Concoctions is a blogging event featuring your creative culinary creations. As I am sure we will all be making a lot of desserts in the next few days, if you create a new dessert or tweak an already existing dessert, making certain changes which will give it your signature on it, please send me your entries.
Here are the rules:
1. Post a recipe of a creative dessert you have created or tweaked. It can be anything from a cake, cookies, creams, ice creams, pies, jellies, pastries, puddings, candies etc. Tell us if you have created the recipe or what changes you have made to make it your own.
2. Please e-mail your entries at ivyliac AT gmail DOT com. Posts must contain the phrase Creative Concoctions and must include a link to Kopiaste.. to Greek Hospitality. Feel free to use the logo if you like.
3. In your email please include Creative Concoctions # 3 in the subject as well as the following information, which copy paste and fill the details:
- M Name:
- My Blog Name/URL:
- My Post URL:
- Attach a photo (500 px wide).
(If you don’t know how to do this please send me a big picture and I will resize it for you).
4. For those not having a food related blog but would like to participate you may e-mail the recipe to me with the name of the dish, a photo, your name and location and provided you comply with the rules, the recipe will be hosted here on my blog as a guest post on your behalf.
5. Only recipes in English are acceptable, so if you have a blog in an other language, the recipe must be translated into English.
6. Each entry will be numbered as soon as received and there will be a giveaway when we reach 100 entries and who knows, even earlier.
7. Please send your entries from 15 – 29 April and the round-up will be posted on the 30th April.
8. There are no other restrictions and you are free to link to other events as well.
I look forward to reading everyone’s entries, so join the fun with your yummy concoctions
Here is my contribution to the event.
I had some Quaker oatmeal in the cupboard for some time and lots of other ingredients which I wanted to use. I did not want to make oatmeal cookies, which I have made many times in the past so I google searched for oatmeal bars, which I had never made before.
I found a recipe at the Quaker Website. In the recipes section, I found a pdf which I downloaded and there was a recipe for Maple Pecan Oatmeal Bars.
Although I love pecans and would not have substituted them with walnuts, I did not have any at hands, so I used walnuts but I also added some pistachios and craisins.
I adjusted the quantities and made them with olive oil and honey and made this dessert much more healthier.
They turned out amazing. The base has the subtle taste of olive oil and coconut and the topping is like a dessert we make in Greece with nuts and honey called pastelli. We now have a new favourite healthy homemade snack that our entire family enjoys. I have stored them in an airtight bowl and whenever we want something sweet to munch on, we eat one of these. Their only disadvantage is that they are so tasty that you cannot resist and eat only one piece!!!
I will surely be making them in the future as well and the only thing I won’t add again is salt. The recipe said 1 tsp salt and although I only added 1/4 tsp, I still think they were salty and the salt was not necessary.
The recipe stated that it makes 32 bars but I barely got 20.
Healthy Olive Oil Honey Walnut-Pistachio-Craisins Oatmeal Bars, recipe adapted from Quaker
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes.
Yields: 20 bars
For the Bar
190 grams (2 ¼ cups) Quaker Oats, quick or old fashioned
315 grams (2 cups) all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups raw cane sugar
¾ cups shredded coconut
1/3 cup craisins (or raisins)
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt (optional)
1/3 cup Greek thyme honey
¾ cup olive oil
1 egg lightly beaten
1 tsp or 2 vanilla ampoules
For the Topping
170 grams (1 ½ cups) chopped walnuts
2 tbsp unsalted pistachios
2 tbsp craisins (or raisins)
¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tbsp Greek honey
Heat oven to 180o C / 350o F.
Lightly brush a 33 x 23 cm (13 x 9 inch) baking pan with olive oil.
In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, coconut and mix.
In another bowl beat the egg with a fork and combine with honey, olive oil and vanilla and mix well until honey has dissolved. Add to the dry ingredients and mix, until all the ingredients are wet. Add craisins and mix.
Press dough evenly onto bottom of pan.
For topping, combine walnuts, pistachios, craisins and sugar in a bowl. Sprinkle evenly over dough; press down lightly. Drizzle honey evenly over the nuts.
Bake about 35 minutes or until edges are set but middle is soft.
Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.
Store tightly covered.
Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!