Thursday, June 20, 2013

Home Made Muesli Bars (that your kids will actually eat!)

My kids love muesli bars. I do not love spending a fortune on muesli bars that are devoured within an afternoon and really aren't that crash hot anyway.

I've tried loads of recipes for muesli bars and they have always been found lacking by my children. But after lots of trial and error I've finally sorted a recipe that they like, and that I am happy with.

These are NOT sugar free, sorry. But they are yummy, loads cheaper than buying packaged ones and you can sneak in all sorts of healthy stuff if that's your thing as it is mine.

You will need:

250g butter
50g caster sugar
Honey (or golden syrup)
200g rolled oats (I used barley and oat mix)
40g dessicated coconut
4 weetbix (or you can use around 40g corn flakes or any similar cereal)

You can add dried fruit, seeds, nuts or choc chips if you like. The one pictured has choc chips, chia seeds and linseed added. Sneaky.

What to do:

- Preheat the oven to 160 celsius.

- Whip the butter, then add the caster sugar and a good dollop (a couple of tablespoons worth) of honey and give them a really good beating.

- Crunch up the weetbix, then add those along with the oats, coconut and whatever sneaky healthy gear you want to add. Mix the lot together so it is well blended.

- Line a 20x30 baking tray with baking paper and dump the mixture on it. Place another piece of baking paper on top and roll over that with a rolling pin or heavy glass to flatten out the mixture evenly.

- Remove the top piece of baking paper, and pop your tray in the oven for 40 minutes. The slice will be golden brown on top when it is cooked.

- Allow to cool and set for at least half an hour, then slice into bars. Hot tip: a pizza roller is perfect for cutting these into shape easily.

* Store in an airtight container for a couple of days, or in the freezer if you are baking them for school lunches.

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