01 March 2010

Lunch Box Muesli Bars

Yep, I'm now a school mum trying to come up with different ideas for the lunchbox. Though things were awfully different in my day. I'm pretty sure I got a sandwich and one piece of fruit to last me all day. Sometimes a biscuit as a special treat (but only because the packet had been opened for visitors the day before). Now if there aren't at least 4 different items in the lunchbox, it's considered 'boring'. Variety is good I suppose, as long as you are not filling up the lunchbox with processed foods. Always check your ingredient labels - a seemingly inoffensive cracker can boast a long list of refined carbs and sugars.

Home-made muesli bars are excellent because you can load them up with interesting seeds full of omega 3 essential acids (assuming you are not seed-allergic). I had to make this twice due to not pressing down the mixture firmly enough in the pan the first time around. Though it did make for a delicious breakfast of toasted muesli and rice milk!

2 cups rolled oats
1.5 cups puffed rice
1 cup sultanas (I only had half a cup left so also added half a cup of craisins)
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1/4 cup linseeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
200g dairy-free margarine (Nuttelex)
1/3 cup caster sugar (or raw sugar)
3/4 cup honey

Preheat oven to 180 C and grease and line a 20x30cm slice pan.

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Simmer margarine, sugar and honey for at least 5 minutes until thickened. Add to the dry ingredients and combine well.

With wet hands, press very firmly into pan and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in tin for 10 minutes then cut into bars.

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