Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Defibrillator Bars

I originally tried these little bars of nutty goodness on my trip home to Australia when Mum baked these from Marian Keyes cookbook, Saved by Cake. She says in her book that these bars would bring you back from the dead with all the energy they're packed with, hence the name. I didn't have the original recipe but remembered some of the key ingredients. They turned out great! Its the kind of recipe that you can change up according to the ingredients in your pantry as long as you stick to the most important items: butter, oats, honey and some type of sticky nut butter.

You could make this a really healthy recipe by using all organic ingredients and no brown sugar, which would turn out exactly the same! Just make sure you use a good quality raw honey for all the natural health benefits. A side note on the organic ingredients: I find that dry products like the oats and flax seed in this recipe are almost the same price of non-organic. If you are in Dubai, The Organic Shop has a great range of reasonably priced organic produce and even stock some of their products in the big supermarket chains like Spinneys and Carrefour.

The below measurements are a really rough guide as I didn't properly measure anything.


  • 100g butter
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (optional, as the honey may be sweet enough)
  • 2 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup milled flaxseed
  • a handful of  chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or chopped dried apricots
  1. Melt butter, peanut butter and honey together in a saucepan over low heat. Add the brown sugar if using. 
  2. Add oats and flaxseed, stirring to combine. If it looks like there is too much liquid, you can add more oats. 
  3. Stir in the nuts and dried fruit. Turn mixture into a tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 10-15 mins in a 160C oven. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars. Store in the fridge in an airtight container. 
They are a bit crumbly, so if you plan to make them for guests or to take to a tea part, I'd suggest refrigerating before cutting!