Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day, that occurred this week, reminded me that we traditionally eat fruits and nuts from trees in Israel. Here is a quick and easy snack that incorporates some of those delicious foods. You can also break it up into small bits and serve as “Granola Crumbles” or package them as a yummy treat in your “Mishloah Manot” gifts for the upcoming holiday of Purim. Feel free to be creative. Enjoy!
3 cups quick cooking oats
½ cup brown sugar
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
1 Tbls. honey
2/3 cup unsalted butter
1 egg white
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 cup toasted slivered almonds or assorted nuts or sunflower seeds
1 cup dried cherries, cranberries or raisins
- Preheat oven to 350 °F. Melt butter and brown sugar in saucepan on low heat; add honey; remove from heat and cool; add salt, cinnamon, vanilla, and egg white to mixture, mixing well with spoon or whisk.
- Add oatmeal, nuts and dried fruit; mix well.
- Coat a 9×13” baking pan with cooking spray; pour oatmeal mixture into baking pan and spread evenly with back of spoon. Bake 15 minutes. Cool in pan. Cut into small uneven “bites” and serve.