Flo Bars © Recipe

Flo bars© were developed by Florence and her Mother. A select few have field-tested them. The unanimous view is that Flo Bars© are the finest mountain food on the planet. You can make them yourself or Florence will make them to order.

140 g regular rolled oats
100g sesame seed
300g cups dried apricots, finely chopped
300g raisins
110g shredded unsweetened dry coconut
200g blanched almonds, chopped
55g non fat dry milk
55g toasted wheat germ
2 teaspoons butter or margarine
1 cup light corn syrup
200g of brown sugar
350g chunk-style peanut butter
1 teaspoon orange extract
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
340g of dark cooking chocolate
110g paraffin or 180g butter or margarine
Florence bakes
Florence, in baking form.

Spread oats in a 10- by 15-inch baking pan. Bake in a 300 degree oven until oats are toasted, about 25 minutes. Stir frequently to prevent scorching.

Meanwhile, place sesame seed in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium heat. Shake often or stir until seeds are golden, about 7 minutes.

Pour into a large bowl. Add apricots, raisins, coconut, almonds, dry milk, and wheat germ; mix well. Mix hot oats into dried fruit mixture.

Butter the hot baking pan; set aside.

In the frying pan, combine corn syrup and sugar; bring to a rolling boil over medium high heat and quickly stir in the peanut butter, orange extract, and orange peel. At once, pour over the oatmeal mixture and mix well. Quickly spread in buttered pan and press into an even layer. Then cover and chill until firm, at least 4 hours or until next day.

Cut into bars about 2cm/5cm.

This next bit is optional because it is a bit of a hassle unless you can persuade someone else to make them for you!

Combine chocolate chips and paraffin in to top of a double boiler. Place over simmering water until melted; stir often. Turn heat to low.

Using tongs, dip 1 bar at a time into chocolate, hold over pan until it stops dripping (with paraffin, the coating firms very quickly), then place on wire racks set above waxed paper.

When firm and cool (bars with butter in the chocolate coating may need to be chilled), serve bars, or wrap individually in foil. Store in the refrigerator up to 4 weeks; freeze to store longer. Makes about 4 dozen bars.

Per piece approx: 200 cal.; 5 g protein; 30 g carbo.; 10 g fat; 0.6 mg chol.; 40 mg sodium.

Corn syrup and mixed seeds can be found in health shops.

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