Home made muesli bars
- 1¼ cup rolled oats
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- ½ cup unprocessed bran
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- 75g unsalted butter
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup liquid glucose
- ½ cup brown sugar
Oats can be tolerated by some individuals on a gluten-free diet. School A to Z nutrition expert
- Combine the oats, coconut, bran, seeds and spice in a large bowl.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat, then add the honey, glucose and sugar.
- Bring to a boil then cook for 10 minutes, until a drop of the caramel forms a soft ball when poured into cold water.
- Pour immediately over the oat mixture and beat until smooth.
- Working quickly, press into a lined 27cm x 18cm slice pan, and press flat. Set aside to cool completely before slicing with an oiled knife.
- Store airtight for up to four weeks.
In the lunch box
Store in an airtight container, or in a resealable plastic bag.
For busy mums and dads
These muesli bars can be made once a month, so they're always on hand, ready to go. They also make great energy snacks for the kids' sports team at half time. Compared to store-bought muesli bars, this recipe contains half the sugar and fat.
‘Fast' Ed Halmagyi is one of Australia's best-loved TV chefs and food authors. For the last seven years he has shared his unique take on achievable, time-conscious cookery with millions of viewers and readers through his television, newspaper, radio and publishing endeavours. Ed's motto is simple, "when you do less, the ingredients can do more!"
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A word about allergies.
This recipe contains sesame. Some kids have food allergies and food related anaphylaxis. Common food allergens include peanuts and tree nuts (such as cashews and walnuts), sesame, egg, cow's milk, shellfish, fish and soy. Food allergies can develop at any time.
It is important in managing allergies to avoid exposure to known allergens. Parents should check the ingredients before using a recipe and remind their kids not to share food from their lunchbox.
Sometimes a school may request that certain foods not be brought to school. Check with your principal if you are unsure.
For more information see the Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis – Information sheet for schools
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