Muesli bars are awesome to throw in your handbag but I made the fatal error of buying a whoop from the supermarket after discovering their popularity. It wasn’t until I was home that I read the ingredients – rookie error. I found that a certain brand, synonymous with ‘health’ were so chocked full of sugar, oil, additives and fake fruit that I really couldn’t in good conscience feed them to D Man (company shall remain nameless although may rhyme with Muncle Schmobys). Then upon further investigation of yummier ones with less additives I discovered they were a million dollars per bar and over a couple of weeks could bankrupt you.
My household is a peanut butter lovin’ household and I’m sorry to say I can’t go past a bog standard salt added, sugar added version….although I do buy light as it makes me feel slightly better about my addiction (hell, if that’s the only one I have left I’m doing ok!), but recently a very dear friend of mine of singing the praises of all natural, all singing, all dancing pressed peanut style peanut butter. I got all righteous about it and decided not to start off with a little jar, no, I bought a whacking great bucket and decided, from now on, my family would only eat healthy peanut butter………Mister H turned his nose on day one, and D Man shortly followed suit, leaving me with a big tub of the stuff sitting in my pantry……. so I got to thinking, mmmmmmm, peanut butter muesli bars????
If you’re a nut free household you can omit the peanut butter but you will need a little more honey to keep it from crumbling into a million pieces upon first bite!
For something I’ve never made before I’ll often poodle around on google for a while and check out a couple of different recipes to see how the basic structure of said thing is (i.e. : what’s needed to keep it all together and not fall apart upon first bite) and then I’ll amalgamate and tweak until it’s mine.
So, after extensive muesli bar consumption, and a lot of dried fruit wind, here’s what I came up with.
Yield : 20 bars, so perfect to take for play with friends
- 125g butter
- 1/4 cup honey (1/2 a cup for no peanut butter version)
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup raw sugar
- 1.5 cups puffed brown rice (avail in either cereal aisle or health aisle at major supermarkets)
- 1.5 cups raw quick cook oats (these are smaller pieces and easier for little jaws and digestive tracts to handle)
- ¼ cup mixed seeds, pepitas, sesame, sunflower, whatever you want
- 1.5 cups dried fruit of your choice. I love cranberries, sultanas, apricots and dates
- ½ cup shredded coconut
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