I happened upon this little muesli bar recipe in a library book. I’ve only just started getting cookery books out from the library but it’s such a great thing to do. This book was called The Homemade Pantry : 101 foods you can stop Buying and start Making by Alana Chernila. She lists three muesli bars (although she calls them Car Snacks) and this one is my favourite. Don’t be put off by the Rice syrup or Millet; it’ll be in your local health food store if it’s not in the supermarket.
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups puffed millet (or rice bubbles/rice krispies)
1 1/2 cups loosely packed dried fruit
1 1/2 cups toasted, slivered almonds
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup choc chips
(I sometimes reduce the almonds by 1/2 a cup and add 1/2 a cup of sunflower seeds)
Melt together the oil, rice syrup, brown sugar and vanilla essence. When it starts to bubble boil the mixture for one minute.
Measure out the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Add the syrup mixture to the dry ingredients and mix really well until everything is coated.
Press firmly into a 23 x 23cm tin or thereabouts and chill in the fridge for an hour.
Cut into squares and enjoy! I lay the squares on a tray and freeze them individually. Once frozen I store them in a tupperware box in the freezer and pop them into my children’s lunchboxes in the morning; by Morning Tea they’ve completely defrosted and they have a lovely healthy energy snack to keep them going.
Taste – Lots of flavours going on in each bite
Sweetness – the cinnamon makes it quite sweet but not overly
Crunch Factor – is more toothsome than crunchy and addictively chewy
Crumble Factor – holds together so well with the odd crumb escaping here and there
Verdict from the Little People – always disappears from their lunchboxes
Overall Rating – Probably the closest you’ll get to a shop bought muesli bar but heaps tastier (and better for you) 9.5 / 10!