I always find it fulfilling to make and eat my own foods. Mainly, because I love to cook, but we eat so much bought and pre-prepared foods nowadays. It is very possible to eat quite nutritiously with mostly pre-prepared/frozen etc foods, you just need to choose wisely, but it never tastes as good. Of course, planning and planning is the key. For me, it is planning what I will make for the week, planning when to
go shopping, planning what days I will cook what, and planning around other priorities throughout the week. Then, I forget to plan and it all goes pear shaped! Hence, the weeks when our meals are brought to us by BirdsEye/McCains (not necessarily, these brands, I just pulled them out of a hat..).
Anyway, here is what me and Mr 3.5 made this afternoon – homemade muesli bars. Muesli bars are great to bake with children because it is easy, only requires stirring and they can add whatever they like, including dried fruit, nuts or seeds. You could even use a basic untoasted muesli as your base, or a gluten free muesli if needed. I felt motivated to make these as I saw them make muesli bars on Play School the other day… you can tell I am a mum. Usually, I use a basic Anzac biscuit recipe and add different dried fruits and seeds. These ones are quite sweet tasting – I would use less golden syrup and dried fruit next time.
Oh, and did I mention it is a Donna Hay recipe? Here is where you can find it. There are some more recipes below. If you’d like to leave a comment, please scroll down to the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
¼ cup golden syrup
1 cup rolled oats
1½ cup dried sultanas, apricots and cranberries sultanas
½ cup self-raising flour
½ cup brown sugar
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until the butter is melted. Place the oats, sultanas, cranberries, apricot, flour and sugar in a bowl and mix to combine. Add the butter mixture and mix to combine. Press into the base of a 20cm x 20cm tin lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 20–25 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool completely in the tin before cutting into slices to serve.
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