Recipes for picky eaters – Muesli bar cookie
I was hungry so decided it was a good time to do some baking!
A lot of fussy children are comfortable with muesli bars. Unfortunately, many of those bought from the store, contain a lot of additives and unwarranted ingredients.
This recipe is a great compromise as it sticks together really well as cookies do, so there is none of the unwanted crumble associated with many home-made muesli bars. I made it in cookie shape but there is no reason not to make it more rectangular, should you wish.
You can add whatever additional ingredients are a fit for your child. I went with currants this time as I had some to use up.
Also please bear in mind we are used to less sugar than usual so adding some honey/maple (which also help bind) is probably advisable.
1 1/8 cup oats
½ cup oat flour (I make this by putting wholegrain oats in my spice grinder)
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
A sprinkle of salt
½ cup butter
½ cup softened dates
½ tsp vanilla
¾ cup of additions of choice (raisins, apricots, choc chips, nuts, seeds etc.)
1 heaped dst spoon of ground linseeds (optional)
1 tsp molasses (optional)
– Chuck it all in the food processor aside from the additions and blitz
– Add additions
– Form into cookie/bar shapes on greased or silicon tray
– Bake at 180° for 8-10 mins
Judith is an AOTA accredited picky eating advisor and internationally certified nutritional therapist. She works with 100+ families every year resolving fussy eating and returning pleasure and joy to the meal table.
Judith is also mum to two boys and is the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner.
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