Thursday, May 2, 2013

family noms: home made muesli bars

i've been meaning to make home made muesli bars for ages. basically since arty became old enough to enjoy having a handful of snack. i don't mind giving him good quality shop-bought ones, but i think home made is always preferable where possible.


home made muesli bars

ingredients

125g butter
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup raw sugar
2 cups oats (i used quick oats so they would hold together better)
1 cup rice bubbles
3/4 cup sultanas
1/4 cup dates, finely chopped
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup flaked almonds
1/2 cup coconut

chia seeds

method

  • preheat oven to 108 degrees celsius
  • line a 20 x 30 x 3cm baking tray with baking paper (do not be tempted to omit this step - your bars will get very, very stuck without the paper!)
  • melt butter, honey and sugar in a saucepan over a low heat until sugar dissolves
  • bring to boil and allow to simmer for a few minutes until mixture begins to thicken a tiny bit (we're not looking for toffee or caramel, just a slight thickening)
simmering honey, butter & sugar
  • meanwhile, combine all other ingredients in a large bowl
  • pour the butter and honey mixture over the dry ingredients, and stir thoroughly to combine
  • carefully press this mixture into your lined baking tin
  • bake for 15-20 minutes, then remove from oven and allow to cool, before refrigerating for an hour or two
golden on top - smells delicious!
  • cut into bars of your desired size (i did two sizes - smaller for arty, bigger for sj)
  • store in an airtight container.

i just put arty's in tupperware for easy access, but because sj's have to travel to school with her, i wrapped them individually in baking paper, and tied them with baker's twine. cos i'm cutesy like that.

wrapped for the lunch box


i must say i'm very pleased with how these turned out. they don't fall apart too easily, but they're not rock-hard either. sj thinks they're delicious, and when i gave one to arty he did a little happy dance, so i think he approves as well.


give them a try, and let us know what you think!

2 comments:

  1. These look fabulous! I need to acquire some rice bubbles and I'll be all set to go. I did have to google 'raw sugar' to remind me which one that was, then felt stupid when I realised it's the one we buy haha brain fail.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Can't wait to give these a try! I can't eat store-bought museli bars now (or most store-bought snacks, which is why I need to carry my own with me at all times for snack emergencies!) so these look delicious!

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