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 180 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!