Along with the decor, I’m also making all of the food for our wedding (feel free to question my sanity- I often do).
My concept was to have a snack from each fandom (it’s a mid-afternoon wedding, so no need for a full meal). Among the fandoms is my beloved Firefly. I built two years of my life, and an entire relationship, around that fandom. During that time, we regularly hosted viewing parties, during which I made every dish that showed up in the episode (and served it when it appeared). The relationship was utter crap, but those parties were an act of true love.
One thing I never made, though, was Fruity Oaty Bars (from the movie Serenity).
Now that I’ve got that bizarreness in your ears….on to the recipe!
This is a pretty basic, approachable granola bar recipe and BONUS: it’s perfect for Pride Month!
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped nuts of any kind
- 2 cups dried fruit of any kind- though I recommend something chopped or naturally smaller than dried cherries, for ease of cutting up
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 2 Tblsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Food coloring (I recommend the McCormick Neon colors)
1) Mix together oats, nuts, fruit, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
2) In a separate bowl, mix together butter, milk, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla.
3) Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined.
4) Separate into 5 different bowls.
5) In each bowl, add 8+ drops of one color: red/pink, yellow, green, blue, purple.
6) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
7) Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
8) Put a bit of the red/pink dough on the end and gently pat into a rectangle. Next to it, put a bit of the yellow dough and pat into shape, then a bit of the green, and so on (rinse and dry your hands between each color). Try to keep the dough about 1/2″ thick or these will fall apart when handled.
9) Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
10) Let cool completely, then cut into the appropriate lengths.