In my pursuit of ‘real food’, I came across this delicious recipe for homemade muesli bars. Those you buy in the shops are generally high in fat and sugar and contain a list of ingredients longer than my arm.

This recipe contains very little sugar, is a wonderful source of monounsaturated fats from the nuts and seeds and is a perfect low GI snack to keep those energy levels soaring through the afternoon. One bar is also a great way to satisfy a sweet craving but consume a variety of nutrients at the same time. Just try to stick to one!!

 

Super Muesli Bar

 Makes: 16 pieces/bars

 

1 cup (90 g/3 oz) rolled oats

½ cup (75 g/2½ oz) roasted hazelnuts or almonds, chopped

¼ cup (40 g/1½ oz) sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons (25 g/1 oz) sesame seeds

¼ cup (40 g) wholemeal self-raising flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup (80 g/2¾ oz) dates, chopped

½ cup (75 g/2½ oz) dried apricots, chopped

40 g (1½ oz) monounsaturated margarine

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 egg plus 1 egg white

 

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF and grease a 19 x 29 cm (about 7 x 11 in) rectangular slice pan. Line the base and 2 long sides with baking paper and extend the paper a few cms above the edge of the pan to help with removing the muesli slices later.In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, seeds, flour and cinnamon. Mix in the dried fruit.

In a small saucepan, melt margarine, honey and sugar on a low heat, stirring until the ingredients are melted and combined. Remove from heat and add vanilla essence.

In a small bowl, beat egg and egg white together. Add margarine mixture and eggs to the oat mixture and mix until well  combined. Spoon into prepared tin and press down so it is an even level.  Bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly golden. Cool in tin before cutting into  slices.

This recipe was adapted from a recipe found on www.food.com

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