Lunch box muesli bars

Sunday night always presents the challenging question – what to put in my children’s lunch box this week that will get eaten and not come back to me in the afternoon !  Its really hit and miss with lunch box food, but I know my baked goods will ALWAYS get eaten so I try to make them as healthy as possible.  These are delicious and so so quick to make.

Ingredients

1 cup self raising flour

1/2 sugar – cane, coconut or stevia

1 cup rolled oats

125 g butter

1 tablespoon of treacle

1 egg lightly beaten

1/2 cup of mixes bits and pieces such as mixed nuts, seeds, dried fruit such as goji berry, sultanas, apricots, dates, choc bits, or whatever is in your pantry

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180 deg.  Grease and line a 16cm by 26 cm baking pan.  Place flour, sugar, rolled oats nuts and fruit in a large bowl.

2. Melt the butter and treacle in a small saucepan over low heat until melted.  Add to dry ingredients with the egg and mix well.

3. Spoon into pan and bake for about 20 mins.  Leave to cool and cut into bars.

My thoughts on Butter

I personally don’t have any issues using butter in my cooking, especially when my kids are eating as they operate at 100% and burn it off.   If you are dairy intolerant, you could swap the butter for coconut oil.

Update

I made this again after my original version above.  This produces a more crunchy traditional style bar.  The amendments are:

1.5 cups rolled oats

1 cup PLAIN flour

1/4 cup sugar of choice

100 g butter

2 tablespoons treacle

1/2 cup walnuts

1/4 cup cocoa nibs

Follow the method above.  This is a really sticky mix and when flattening it out in the pan it helps to keep wetting the spoon that you are patting it with.    Below is what the mix looks like before cooking.

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