Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog: walksmelbourne.com
Published June 11th 2012
OK, so like all muesli bars, these have a fair whack of sweet, yummy stuff in them, but at least you know what is going in them - it makes a heap, is ridiculously easy and the kids love them. If nut allergies are a concern, substitute an extra half cup of golden syrup for the peanut butter. Thanks to Amanda and Prue for the inspiration.
1.5 tablespoons of vanilla essence 2 cups of brown sugar 1 cup of golden syrup 6 cups of oats 1 cup of coconut (shredded is nicer than dessicated) 2 cups of seeds - whatever you like: I use a mix of sesame, chia (good for protein), sunflower and pepita (pumpkin) 2 cups of chocolate chips (or dried fruit instead if you are a bit healthier - try chopped up apricots, dates, currants, cranberries, goji berries)
What you do:
1. Cream the butter, peanut butter, vanilla and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.
2. Add in the golden syrup and mix again.
3. Add all the other ingredients and mix well (the mixture will seem quite dry).
4. Grease and line a large baking pan - like the one you use for roasts, and put the mixture into it, pressing/compacting it down quite firmly with the bottom of a glass or cup.
5. Bake in a moderate oven (180C) for 20 minutes.
6. Allow to cool entirely before cutting into bars, as otherwise they can be a bit crumbly.