Have you tried making your own muesli bars for your kids to snack on at home, or take to school? I have been experimenting with recipes for a while and I must admit, it has been hard to find recipes that my daughter absolutely loves. There have been many attempts that I have made, where she has tried them once and didn't want them again. There have also been just as many times where I have baked them, then they have crumbled apart and didn't form into bars at all. It can get a little frustrating!
These recipes below are the successful few that I have found, which she will eat and are healthy, tasty and easy to make. Do you have a muesli bar recipe that your kids love? If so, please leave a comment at the top of this article with your list of ingredients and how long you cook them for. You can never have too many recipes for muesli bars for kids - and us too!
Ingredients: 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup peanut butter (I use this brand), 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2/3 cup raw sugar, 1 and 2/3 cups oats, 1/2 cup desiccated coconut, 1/2 cup mixed dried fruit, 1 cup chopped dates, 1 cup granulated nuts, 1/3 cup plain flour, 1 cup Rice Bubbles.
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the olive oil, honey and peanut butter and heat for 1 minute. Stir, then add the nutmeg, sugar and vanilla extract. In a separate large bowl add the oats, coconut, dried fruit, dates, nuts, flour and Rice Bubbles. Pour in the liquid and mix together. Pour into a lined rectangle slice tin and press down firmly with a fork and then with the bottom of a heavy glass. Bake for 25 minutes until browned on top. Allow to cool in tray completely before slicing into bars with a long knife in a single strokes (so they don't crumble too much). Store in an airtight container.
Ingredients: 1 and 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour, 1 cup dried apricots (chopped), 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons margarine, 2 Tablespoons honey, 1/2 cup water.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the margarine, honey and water at 30 second intervals until margarine has melted. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, apricots and sugar. Pour in the margarine liquid and stir. Pour into a lined rectangle slice tin and press down firmly with a fork and then the bottom of a heavy glass. Bake for 15 minutes, or until browned. Leave to cool in tray and then slice into bars. Store in an airtight container.
Banana & Choc Chip Muesli Bars
Ingredients: 2 cup oats, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup desiccated coconut, 2 bananas (mashed), 40g choc chips, 1/4 cup dried apricots or mixed peel (finely diced), 1 egg (beaten), 1 Tablespoon honey and 3/4 Tablespoon cocoa powder.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour into a lined rectangle slice tin and press down firmly with a fork, then the bottom of a heavy glass. Bake for 25 minutes until brown. Let it cool in the tray and then put it in the fridge to harden. Remove from tray and slice into muesli bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Do you have a recipe that is a success in your family? I'd love to hear it! Please leave a comment at the top of this article and share your success stories. Healthy kids are happy kids!