I have been trying to find the ‘perfect’ muesli bar recipe for some time now. They’re so good for lunch boxes or just a quick healthy snack. I’ve been really put off by all the hidden sugars and nasties in the ones that you buy in the shops, so I am determined to make my own. I’ve tried so many recipes that I’ve see online but can never seem to get it right!
It’s too buttery and sticky – the kids won’t eat it.
Too nutty – the kids won’t eat it
Looks yucky (Miss H’s words) – the kids won’t eat it
Too many raisins – the kids won’t eat it
Too coconutty (Mr D is not a fan of coconut oil) – no one will eat them!!
Too crumbly and it falls apart – the kids won’t eat it (and mummy hates the mess)
‘What are those?’ says at least one of them when pointing to a green pumpkin seed or something similar – yep, you got it, the kids won’t eat it!!
FINALLY after a lot of trial and error and adding in some essential chocolate chips I seem to have found a winner!! With just the mere mention of chocolate chips there suddenly seems to be a bit of interest from the kids. I’m sure they would have liked some of the other ones I’ve made previously too, but I just couldn’t even get them to try them!! “Why have you never made these before?” Master J asks!! “I have”, I thought, rolling my eyes, “you just wouldn’t try them!!” SO obviously chocolate it the secret ingredient!! I can’t blame them really – it must be a genetic thing???
I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with these too. They are lovely and moist, delicious, sweet but not too sweet and they don’t crumble when you hold them!! And they’re ALMOST totally healthy!!
A GLUTEN FREE, NUT FREE MUSELI BAR
- 65g brown rice
- 35g buckwheat
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 1 pink lady apply
- 200g dried fruit (I used dates, apricots and cranberries)
- 30g butter
- 90g oats
- 30g desiccated coconut
- 2 tbs sunflower seeds
- 2 tbs brown sugar (optional)
- 70g white chocolate chips (optional)
- 50g rice malt syrup
- 2 large eggs
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
- Place the rice, buckwheat and chia seeds in the thermomix (or blender) and whizz on speed 9 for 30 seconds until it becomes a fine powder. Set it aside in a separate bowl.
- Place the apple in the thermomix (cored but not peeled) and whizz for 3 seconds on speed 6. Scrape down the sides and add all the dried fruit.
- Set the thermomix to the closed lid position and hit the turbo button for 1 second. Repeat three times until the fruit is all finely chopped.
- Add the butter and chop for 3-5 seconds on speed 9 until it is well incorporated into the fruit.
- Add all the remaining ingredients, including the rice/buckwheat powder and mix together on reverse speed 5 for 20-30 seconds.
- Spread the mixture into a lined baking tray. Decorate the top with chocolate chips and then put it into the oven for 15-20 minutes (or until golden brown on top).
- Allow to cool and cut into squares or slices/bars and enjoy.