Well by now the kids will have settled back into school.
If you are lucky/unlucky enough to be here in Sydney, the poor kids will have not only had to settle back into the classrooms, but they have had to deal with the extreme heat that we have been experiencing (I feel like I am melting!!!).
If you are looking for a little something to add to their lunchboxes here is a really easy recipe that they will love to eat.
Oaty Chocolate Caramel Rice Bubble Bars
adapted from a recipe found in Good Taste February edition
Makes 14 bars
Melted butter to grease pan
4 cups rice bubbles
1 cup rolled oats
1 can (395g) condensed mik (skim if you like)
80ml (1/3 cup) honey
230g milk chocolate chips
Grease a 20 x 30cm cake pan with the melted butter. Line the base and both long sides with baking paper, just make one long piece and drape it in!!
Place the rice bubbles and the oats in a large bow, mix to combine. Make a well in the centre.
Combine the condensed milk, butter and honey in a small saucepan. Stirring constantly over low heat, cook for 10 minutes, or until the mixture turns pale caramel in colour. (Do not take your eyes off the mixture, or stop stirring - or it will turn on you in an instant!!!!.
Add the caramel mixture to the oat and rice bubble mixture. Stir until well combined. Add approximately 1/2 of the packet of chocolate chips to the mixture - they will melt - but that is OK - it makes it kind of chocolately and caramel at the same time!!
Press the mixture into the prepared baking tray, pressing firmly.
Sprinkle over the remaining chocolate chips, pushing them gently into the mixture.
Place in the fridge for several hours to set.
Cut into bars - and voila - you have happy kids!!!!
Store in an airtight container in the fridge!!
PS the big kids like these too!!!
So Dear Readers do you have any tips for surviving the heat - please tell!!!