Now I hold my hands up, I’m not the best cook. However, the Bear and I do love to bake together and it’s something that I really encourage. If you follow the blog, then you know we are trying our best to make more sustainable choices so when All Things Baked put out the call looking for people to try out their Wooden Baking Set, we held our hands up (very enthusiastically!) to give it a go. So, we rolled up our sleeves, opened up our new baking treasure box and made some homemade 5 ingredient granola bars together.
ALL THINGS BAKED – WHAT’S INSIDE
This set includes 9 different items including a lovely wooden box to contain it all. Inside there is a host of little treasures including a small serving/mixing bowl, a scooping spoon, a spatula, a spoon, a rolling pin, a whisk, decorating tweezers and a chopping board.
Please note though that the set is small. For example, the chopping board is 25cm x 17cm and the rolling pin only 20cm long. Therefore, do not think you are getting a full sized mixing bowl. However, it is fully functional and a great addition to any baker’s kitchen as it is such a beautiful set.
It looks stunning and feels lovely in the hand. Made using natural beech and bamboo wood, I LOVE there is not a piece of plastic in sight, it really ties in with the fact we are trying our best to live more sustainable lives. We couldn’t wait to try it out.
PUTTING IT TO THE TEST – 5 ingredient granola bars
As they say the proof is in the pudding, so we immediately put the set to the test. I thought some 5 ingredient granola bars to keep in the fridge for breakfasts and snacks would be the perfect option. Especially as the steps are pretty simple and there is plenty of stirring, pouring and mixing for the Bear to get involved in. So, that’s what we did.
The recipe we used was originally from the Minimalist Baker, though adapted a little as I wanted something a little crunchier and gooier. Therefore, although we used the same 5 ingredients, we changed up the quantities a little. However, if you want to take a look at the original recipe then you can find it here.
- 220g pitted dates
- 80g agave nectar
- 80g chunky peanut butter
- 100g roasted almonds (roasted whole)
- 135g rolled oats (roasted)
- First of all, you need to lay out your oats and almonds onto a baking tray and roast at about 180 C for around 15 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
- While your oats and nuts are roasting, whizz up the dates in a food processor until you have a ‘dough’ consistency. This should be nice and gooey so it sticks together.
- Pop your toasted oats and almonds along with the processed dates into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- Next you need to warm the agave nectar and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Pour over oats, almonds and dates and mix until you have an even distribution.
- Line a medium fill baking tray with baking paper and pour the mixture in. Press down firmly with your hands or a spatula until flat and even all over.
- Cover with more baking paper and pop in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up.
- Once firm, cut up into portions.
This comfortably made 12 bars for me which makes it around 210 calories per portion. A good-sized breakfast for anyone on the go. These will store will in the fridge in an airtight container for a few days or a great tip from the Minimalist Baker, keep them in the freezer and take out as and when you need them.
The 5 Ingredient Granola Bars were delicious and lasted us all about a week. We’re already planning on making the next batch!
The All Things Baked wooden baking set was also a big hit with both the Bear and me. We made good use of the chopping board, small mixing bowl, the spoon, the rolling in, the scoop and the spatula while we made our granola bars and they all performed wonderfully.
The Bear especially loved having a miniature version of everything I was using and is already referring to the boxed-up set – which now lives pride of place in the kitchen – as her cooking set. I have a feeling that it has been claimed and I won’t have much look in from here on out. You can find All Things Baked on their website and can buy their wooden baking set from their store as well as from Amazon. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided with this item in return for my honest review. As always though, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.