Cooking with Kids: Homemade Muesli Bars

This is such a popular one in our house, it evaporates very quickly! And it’s a great recipe for simple skills even little ones can do.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of things to put in.  I try to go for 3 cups of dry and 2 cups of fruit but you can do any ratio.
    • muesli, rolled oats, oatbran, wheat germ, cereals, …
    • sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds (yum!), coconut, hazelnuts, almonds, …
    • All sorts of dried fruit, glace cherries are a hit here, so are prunes and dates.
  • 125g butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar.

Method:

I get the kids to help measure out the ingredients.  Depending on how chunky you like it you can use it as is, or whizz the nuts in a food processor.  I like to toast the dry ingredients while the girls use butter knives to chop up the dried fruit or pull it apart and put it into a measuring cup.  I put a little bit in a dry frypan on medium heat until it is golden, do it in batches and put it into a large mixing bowl.

While the dry ingredients are cooling, start the syrup.  Add the butter, honey and brown sugar to a saucepan and stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.  Turn the heat low and simmer without stirring for about 7 minutes, until it forms a little ball when dropped in icy cold water.  (Actually I’ve never done that, I just leave it to simmer until everything else is ready and it looks like a nice thick syrup.)

Mix all the dry ingredients and fruit together in a large bowl, the kids can do this.  Then stir in the syrup and make sure everything is mixed.  Press it into a foil lined tray with the back of a spoon then put it in the fridge for about an hour.  This is why you use the foil – when it is set you can pull it straight out and chop it up, then put it into another foil lined air-tight container and keep it in the fridge.  It will keep about a week if it lasts that long!


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