I dont dispute that some of the muesli bars or granola bars that we get from outside stores are of good and healthy kind..low sugar, low fats , low sodium and i do buy them from time to time. But making our own bars gives us the flexibility over the choice of ingredients what we want to put in, we can vary the amout of ingredients as much as we wished and also we can tailor make our bars to suit our diet, maybe nut free or fruit free.
Having said that, this is still my first time making my own muesli bars and i have referred to Bill Granger's recipe, though everywhere you read from the internet, it says how easy to make muesli bars, well, it is indeed easy and at the same time i was also hoping that the bars would hold itself well. I skipped some of the ingredients as per Bill's recipe and replaced that with some pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries. These are chewy bars , they tasted great and maybe make us feel less guilty as we know that we are eating some wholesome foods. However, i did needed to store these bars in the fridge all the time as i find that these bars turn soft if kept at room temperature for long...well..there's still room for improvement.
This post is linked to Cook Like A Star ( Bill Granger ) organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and co hosting with Baby Sumo of Eat Your Heart Out and Mich of Piece of Cake
Also linking to Little Thumbs Up event ( Theme: Oats ) also organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen from My Little Favourite DIY and hosted by Vivian of Vivian Pang's Kitchen
Recipe ( from www.whatsfordinnermum.com.au, from the book Every Day by Bill Granger ) with some changes and recipe has been scaled down to make 6 bars
115gm rolled oats
10gm shredded coconut/ coconut flakes
15gm flaked almonds
20gm pumpkin seeds
2 pieces dried apricots, diced
a handful of dried cranberries
1/2 tbsp golden syrup ( optional )
2 tbsp brown sugar
40ml vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 130C. Lightly grease and line prepared tin, base and hanging the sides of the tin for easier removal. ( my tin is 6"x9"x1" ). Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl
Put the honey, golden syrup, brown sugar and oil in a small pan and stir over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Pour this over the dry ingredients in the bowl and stir till everything is well combined, mixing with your hands if necessary.
Press the mixture into the tin and bake for 50 mins, or until golden brown. Cut into bars while still warm.