Friday, 11 May 2012

Oaty Bars: The activity plan

For reference, Guides are aged 10 – 14

Break the girls up into Patrols/ groups of 6-8
Oaty Bars

Sturdy saucepan (biggish)
Wooden spoon
Greaseproof paper
Brownie tin/ cake tin/ roasting tin
Sharp knife
Clean hands

Ingredients (per patrol):

65g butter (Sainsbury’s economy butter is the best and cheap)
75g light, soft brown sugar
65g crunchy peanut butter - a no sugar one if you can find it, I'm using a Whole Earth
35g of honey (or golden syrup) and 2 teaspoons to drizzle over at the end
Zest of a lemon
100g porridge oats
75g of dried fruit
75g of mixed seeds

This makes about 12 Energy bars, so ideal for a Patrol of 6-8 girls

If doing this with Guides it is an ideal Patrol cooking activity and links into the On Your Marks resource: Energy Boost (page 18)

I would also count this towards clause 9 of the Cook badge as the girls need to chop the fruit, grate the zest of the lemons, use the cooker safely and cut up the oaty bars at the end.

If you’ve not got digital scales – go with rough quantities. But if you’re rounding one up by 5g do the same all the way through to maintain ratios of ingredients

Why not get the girls to taste and choose some different dried fruits – each patrol could make a different batch up

Wash your hands
Measure out the butter, sugar, peanut butter and honey and put into a big saucepan
Grate the zest of the lemon into the pan too
Melt these ingredients over a low heat, when they’re all combined, stir in the oats, dried fruit and seeds
Press into either a greased and lined brownie pan (about 20cm square) or if you prefer flatter bars a roasting tin
Cook at 160 degrees for 35-40 minutes
Take out of the oven and leave in the tin to cool completely
Using a sharp knife cut into squares or bars and store in an airtight tin for up to a week.

These are ideal for a pre-camp cooking activity and will make a fantastic snack once you’ve pitched your tents!

I checked on the prices on and Asda came out the cheapest, working out at £0.45 per head for a unit of 24 girls.

Safety notes:

Please make sure that the girls are well supervised – especially when melting the ingredients.

This recipe has huge allergy alerts – Peanuts and seeds, so please check your Joining forms/ Go reports for any allergens you need to be aware of. The peanut butter can be replaced by a couple of mashed up bananas.

Alterations for Brownies/ younger Guides

Weigh out the ingredients yourselves and put into little bowls

Get the girls to put them in the pan, but let a leader melt them

A sturdy pan is best, I didn’t bother about using a non stick one though

Keep your heat low.

Usual kitchen safety rules/ washing up apply.

1 comment:

Jules said...

Thank you for posting this. Fabulous looking recipe.


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