Wednesday 29 February 2012

Muesli Bars

Another addition to my attempts at making some kid-friendly (and mum-friendly) snacks. Muesli bars can have a lot of fat and refined sugar in them (even home made versions), so making your own gives you more control over the ingredients, and also the portion size. I'm aiming for a much softer and smoother texture than you would normally expect, suitable for a little tot who can't chew whole oats. This is the first time I've used chia seeds in a recipe!

I'm using a brownie  tray (17cm x 27cm) to make these.

Muesli Bars (makes approx 16 small bars)

½ cup wholemeal plain flour
½ cup ground oats (I put oats in the coffee grinder to make a fine meal)
¼ cup white chia seed
¼ cup ground almond meal
¼ cup dessicated coconut
½ cup each of dried apricots, dates and apples
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup virgin coconut oil
¼ cup apple juice concentrate

Preheat oven to 170˚C, and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Place the dried fruit in the food processor and process until finely chopped. Add the fruit mix to the dry ingredients and mix. Add the egg, coconut oil and apple juice concentrate and mix. Press the mixture into the baking tray and smooth the top.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden on top. Cut into small squares or bars. Store in an airtight container.

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