apple cider granola bars apple cider granola bars Israeli Kitchen These granola bars are dotted with the fragrant flavors of the shuk. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Apple cider granola bars

Apple cider flavored fruit bits from the shuk give these chewy granola bars fabulous flavor.

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  • Yield: 18 bars
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 18 minutes

On my recent trip to Israel I was awed by the scent and sight of massive bowls of colorful dried fruit bits – aka tea – in the Israeli shuk. These teas come in many flavors, each more enticing than the next, and they’re uber popular so you’ll see them everywhere you go in the marketplace.

The teas are not cheap, but you can shop around and try to find the vendor with the best price. These tea bits are precious, delicious, ridiculously fragrant, and like nothing I’ve ever seen in the U.S. Some of my favorite flavors were lychee, apple cider, pomegranate-raspberry-hibiscus, and lemon nana. My entire suitcase smelled delicious from the one bag of tea I brought home with me!

flavored fruit bits in the shuk in jerusalem israel Fruit bits are sold by weight in the shuk. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Pick up bags of these teas next time you’re in Israel, or check out the selection from All Shuk Up, a new online distributor of spices and teas from the Israeli shuk.

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 cup oats (I used toasted oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 cup apple cider flavored fruit bits (aka tea)

Directions

Preheat oven to 325. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper.

Mix all ingredients. With gloved or moistened hands, press down firmly and evenly into prepared pan.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until top and edges are beginning to brown.

Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then remove from pan and slide onto wire rack to cool completely. Slice into bars, and serve. These bars freeze beautifully.

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