Chocolate Cereal Bars

Last two weeks of 2015 has been great! I took time to rest, eat good food, and do stuff… felt very relaxed after a very long time! I didn’t do much cooking during this period but made a few desserts 🙂 Hope you too had a great time during Christmas and New Year with your family and friends 🙂

Today I made these chocolate cereal bars and while I prepared these I told myself “I must share these!” These are super easy to make and hardly takes any time, plus if you are looking for something sweet yet not a calorie bomb, this is the stuff you are looking for! The recipe is quite flexible so even if you don’t have the exact ingredients, it should be fine.

Go ahead and try these, you will love it! 🙂

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Preparation Time: 30 minutes (excluding the time required for the bars to set)

Makes: 12 chocolate cereal bars

Ingredients:

Chocolate, dark couverture – 200 g

Chocolate Milk – 1/4 cup

Cereal – 100 g, I used unprocessed muesli for this recipe.

Orange flavor – 1 to 2 tsp

For the caramel:

Water – 2 to 3 tbsp

Sugar – 2 tbsp

Special Accessories:

Baking Paper

Small Tray

Cling Film (optional)

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Step 1: Heat the chocolate in microwave in bursts of 30 seconds until it has fully melted. Add the milk and mix well.

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Step 2: Add the Cereal and orange flavor and mix well.

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Step 3: Take a small tray and place the baking paper so that it covers the base and sides of the tray. Transfer the ingredients to the tray and spread it evenly. Cover the tray with the cling film (optional) and put it inside the fridge for some time until it sets.

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Step 4: Once the chocolate has set, take it out and cut it into bars (you can cut it into shapes and sizes as per your preference). Place the bars into another plate or tray and keep aside.

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Step 5: To make the caramel, take the water in a microwave friendly bowl. Add the sugar and mix well. Now heat it in the microwave in bursts of a minute and mix well until it gets thicker. Once the mixture has turned golden brown in color, take the bowl out and use a spoon to spread the caramel on the bars. Leave it to set and cool down for few minutes.

Step 6: Your delicious chocolate cereal bars are ready to eat! 🙂

A few tips: 

  • Create variation of these bars by using white chocolate.
  • You can add different flavors like vanilla, mint etc.
  • Add berries and nuts as you wish.

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Christmas Combo (Stuffed Chicken and Potatoes)

As I had mentioned one of my earlier posts, December is my favorite month of the year and one of the reasons being Christmas. I’ve loved Christmas since I was a kid. Back in school, we used to have celebrations with Christmas carols, dancing, food, exchange of gifts etc, just before the winter holidays. Since the weather used to be quite snug at this time of the year at my hometown, we used to go for family picnics by the river side. It used to be  a fun filled day with good food, games and music…I loved every bit of it 🙂

Even though I’ve left home for over a decade, I’ve celebrated Christmas each and every year with my family or friends and never missed a chance to put up a Christmas tree and enjoy good food 🙂

A big part of any festival is always the food and it has to be special and in sync with the mood of the festival. This year we decided to grill some chicken and potatoes stuffed with cheese seasoned with some spices and herbs. There was our Christmas tree, a nice movie and good food with my family. What else could I ask for?

How did you spend your Christmas? Let me know if you’ve made any special dish for your family… would love to try it out 🙂

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Preparation Time: 45 minutes (including preparation of the stuffing)

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Chicken – 3 breasts, around 200 g each

Potatoes – 3 large, boiled and cut vertically into halves

Cooking Oil – 4 tablespoons (divided into two halves – 2 + 2)

Feta Cheese – 100 g

White Onion – 1 large, chopped

Almonds – 50 g, skinned and cut into vertical pieces (you can get almonds cut this way at the supermarket)

Milk – 1/2 cup

Garlic – 4 cloves, chopped

Dried Parsley – 1 teaspoon

Paprika – 1 teaspoon

Seasoned Pepper – 2 teaspoons

Toothpicks – around 10 to 12 (for sealing the chicken)

Parsley – finely chopped (for garnish)

Salt – to taste

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Step 1: Place the chicken breast flat on the cutting board. Take a sharp knife and starting from one one end cut horizontally into the center of the meat about 3/4 of the way down, being careful not to cut through to the other side totally, so that it opens like a book. Follow the same steps for all the breasts. Take one half of the oil with a pinch of salt. Use a part of it to grease all sides of the chicken including the inside. Keep aside.

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Step 2: Take the boiled potatoes. Scoop out the center of the potatoes leaving a hole, just enough to put the stuffing in. Keep the scooped out potato portions in a bowl and mash it. Mash the cheese and keep aside.

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Step 3: Dry roast the almonds in a non-stick vessel or pan, until you get a light brown color. Keep aside.

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Step 4: Heat the other half of the oil in the non-stick pan or vessel. Add the onion and garlic. Saute for 2 minutes or so. Add the paprika, half of the pepper, dried parsley and cook for another minute. Add the mashed potatoes (from Step 2) and mix well.

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Step 5: Add the milk, mashed cheese and roasted almonds. Cook for few minutes until you have a thick consistency. Add salt for taste. Turn off the stove and leave it for around 10 mins to cool down. The stuffing is ready.

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Step 6: Open one side of the chicken breast and fill it up with the stuffing (do not fill in towards the edges, else you won’t be able to seal the chicken properly). Take 3 to 4 tooth picks and seal the open sides of the chicken (pierce the toothpick from one side and take it out from the other as you would do with a needle for stitching). Follow the same for all the breasts.

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Take the scooped out potatoes and fill it up with the rest of the stuffing. Take the rest of the oil and salt mixture from Step 1 and spread on the potatoes on the base. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes – it’s time for the final step!

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Step 7: Grease the grilling rods of the oven with oil. Place the chicken and potatoes on it and place it in the oven. Grill at 175 degrees celsius for around 15 to 20 minutes (the timing worked for my oven, if you’re not sure about the timing in your oven, you can check after 10 minutes and every 5 minutes there on) or so until the chicken is fully cooked.

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Step 8: Transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with seasoned pepper, parsley and paprika. Serve hot.

Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year 🙂

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A few tips:

  • You can add mushrooms to the filling with some thyme leaves.
  • Add some sauteed vegetables as sides.