Artichoke and Hawthorn Bar for Healthy Cholesterol

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 45 min
  • Cook: 2 hr 30 min
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Ingredients

4 artichokes, chopped

Nonstick cooking spray or unsalted butter, for greasing

1 pound 3/4 ounce hawthorn berries

8 ounces sugar

1 cinnamon stick

Juice of 1 lime 

Directions

  1. Place the artichokes in a saucepan and cover with 4 1/4 cups water. Bring to a boil and boil until cooked, 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, and then let steep for 20 minutes. Strain into a bowl.
  2. Preheat the oven to 212 degrees F. Grease rimmed baking sheets.
  3. Place the artichoke infusion, hawthorn berries, sugar and cinnamon stick in a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently until the mixture is soft, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Take out the cinnamon stick and blend in a liquidizer with the lime juice, then pour into the baking sheets to a thickness of about 1/3 inch.
  5. Dry in the oven for 2 to 3 hours. Check after 2 hours; you want it to be chewy, but not too tough. Let cool, then slice into bite-size pieces.
  6. Chew on a piece of fruit bar whenever you like.
  7. If high blood cholesterol is suspected, you must see a doctor. This recipe may be used in addition to, not as a substitute for, proper medical treatment.
  8. Keep in greaseproof paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Cook’s Note

If using dried hawthorn berries, first cover them with water for 24 hours to rehydrate them before use.

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