I am constantly looking at ways of getting yummy treats to replace the packaged variety and these slices are a great alternative to the muesli bars you see around.
You don’t necessarily have to stick to the recipe strictly. Just use what you have in the cupboard that can substitute one of more of the ingredients. For example, if you have a nut allergy, then don’t use the almonds and replace with equal quantity extra seeds. This particular recipe is wheat and dairy free, but you may try with a gluten free grain like quinoa flake if you are unable to eat oats. What’s important is that you keep the oat:butter:honey ratio right otherwise your slice will crumble too much and make it hard to transport.
Ingredients: (makes 14)
- 170 g coconut butter
- 6 tablespoon organic honey
- 300 g whole grain rolled oats
- 80g raw almonds, roughly chopped
- 70 g sultanas
- 70 g sun dried apricots, chopped
- 80 g prunes, chopped
- 100 g dates, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon linseeds
Preheat oven to 160C
Melt coconut butter with honey.
Combine all dry ingredients in a big bowl, then pour the melted butter/honey combo in and stir well. I like to roughly chop the fruit and nuts so the texture is chunky and crunchy but if you want it smoother, you could give it a quick zap in the blender.
Line a 20cm x 30 cm tray with grease proof paper and really pack the mixture into it. This will help make it stick together too.
Cook for around 40 mins- should be golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting. The slice can be crumbly so dont despair should firm up once cool. If it is still loose, then increase butter/honey for next time.
Once they are sliced up , they can keep in an airtight container for up to a week. I know it easier to go out and just buy muesli bars and be done with it if you’re a busy parent but these are delicious and at least you know what has gone into them. I believe its worth the effort! Get the kids involved in making them so that you can turn the activity into some fun time. Measuring out the ingredients and going through the process is a great way to teach little kids about maths and they get a real sense of achievement when they finally get to eat or tell their friends at kinder/school that they made them.