In Luring Levi – Book 2 of my Tarnished Saints Series, Candace Marie Kane is the celebrity foodtasting judge who comes to Sweet Water’s annual fair. Candace, along with her husband, Levi Taylor, has made some birdseed bars that I’ll let her tell you about. Candace?
Candace: You know, Elizabeth, I have loved running the restaurant with Levi, and we came up with a new recipe to sell during the Labor Day Car Show & Festival. Birdseed Bars! That’s what Levi calls them since it reminds him of birdseed. They are similar to a granola bar without the oats. Here’s the recipe:
Candace’s Birdseed Bars:
1/2 c. peanuts (grind half and leave the rest in pieces)
1/2 c. walnuts (grind half) (This helps to hold the bars together)
1/4 c. roasted shelled pumpkin seeds
1/4 c. Grape Nuts ® cereal
1/2 c. cranberries and raisins mixed
Mix all in a bowl. Then melt the following – I use the microwave for this.
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 Tb peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
And mix in 4 Tb water
Place the nut ingredients into a small square glass pan after spray-coating it with some kind of oil in order to help remove the bars later. Evenly press down the mixture. Then, once the sauce mixture is syrupy, pour over the nut mixture. Be sure to press it down and compact it as hard as you can or the bars will fall apart when you try to remove them from the pan. Then cover and put in the refrigerator for several hours to help solidify the mixture. No baking involved. Then just cut and serve. Delicious!
Not just for birds, no matter what Levi says – Candace ☕