Recently we have been trying out a new lunchbox snack, Fruit Heroes. They are fruit bars, made from 100% fruit that have been grown naturally and contains no artificial ingredients. They count towards your five a day and come in a variety of great flavours, Strawberry, Banana, Blackcurrant and Apple and raspberry. They are the perfect size for slipping into a lunch box and I know they are not going to get squashed, like real fruit sometimes does. My son really likes them. I thought that the Fruit Heroes might also work in a recipe, giving a fruit twist to biscuits for example. This weekend I experimented and used the Strawberry Fruit Heroes to make some tasty oat and strawberry biscuits.
Oat biscuits are always simple to make and really tasty. I always have the ingredients in my cupboard as we usually have porridge and syrup for breakfast. With the addition of some butter, sugar and baking powder lovely tasty biscuits can be made. I used two strawberry Fruit Heroes bars and cut them into little pieces to add the strawberry. The concentrated fruit bars worked really well, adding a strawberry taste to the biscuit. I think if I had used real strawberries it would have been a bit messy and not worked as well.
Making the oat biscuits is relaxing, it involved melting the butter in a pan with the sugar and syrup. I love watching butter melt, the golden block sliding around the pan getting smaller and smaller and turning into a pool of liquid. The oats, flour and fruit heroes are then added and the mixture stirred until it comes together forming a dough. This can be rolled into balls and placed on a baking tray to cook and make the biscuits. Remember to let the mixture cool before rolling it into balls with your hands as it is hot. If you are in a rush you can use a spoon to drop the mixture onto the baking tray.
After ten minutes in the oven the biscuits are a lovely golden colour. The hard part is waiting for them to be cool enough to eat, the smell of baking in the air makes you want to grab them immediately. Luckily I had more of the Fruit Hero bars on hand to give to my son before the biscuits disappeared. You can find out more about Fruit Heroes on their website: http://fruitheroes.co.uk/
- 6 oz 170g margarine
- 6 oz 170g granulated sugar
- 3 level tablespoons syrup
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 6 oz 170g plain flour
- 8 oz 225g rolled oats
- 2 strawberry Fruit Hero bars
- Pre-heat the oven to 350F, 180C, Gas Mark 4.
- Put the margarine, sugar and syrup in a pan and warm gently until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat
- Add the oats, flour and chopped up fruit hero bars into the pan and stir until well mixed.
- Allow to cool then roll the mixture into small balls between floured palms and place on a greased baking tray.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
I was sent the fruit hero bars to try for the purposes of this review. My opinions are honest and my own.