Muesli bars – recipes for picky eaters
Lots of picky eaters are okay with muesli bars, but what ‘muesli bar’ actually is varies widely. By my definition muesli means oats or at least primarily made of nuts and seeds. I know that often things are called a muesli bar more due to the shape than the ingredients.
As always, what we bake at home is going to contain less additives than store-bought. If we can get our children to help make them then that’s a bonus. Plus if it’s in the lunchbox, it’s a buzz to take something we have made ourselves.
I have chosen these ones as they are:
– Awesomely good – a cross between an Anzac and shortbread
– Great ingredients
– Fit within new preschool guidelines (minus additional dried fruit – the cooked in dates are fine)
They are a little crumbly but taste amazing!
Also, a little marketing often helps so two additional options for non-muesli bar eaters:
1. Make into the shape of a cookie and call them cookies!
2. Make into a muesli bar shape and call them cookie bars
It depends where our child’s comfort level is as to what will work best. If someone loves cookies then they have more of an initial comfort level with something so named!
– 1 heaped cup of oats (I use wholegrain)
– ½ cup oat flour (I make this by grinding the oats in my spice/coffee grinder)
– ¾ tsp baking powder
– ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
– ½ cup melted butter (I melt this with the dates)
– ½ cup softened dates (these give the sweetness but also help it stick together)
– 1/8 cup milk
– ½ tsp vanilla
– ½ cup additions – optional – (I have used sultanas) – chopped apricots, dates, choc chips or seeds in pieces (for preschool rulings)
– 1 hpd dessert sp ground linseeds (optional but great for omega 3’s – or LSA as an alternative)
Heat the oven to 180
Put everything in the food processor, and blitz. Form into the correct shape (can be cookie-shaped).
I bake on a silicon sheet on a baking tray for 9-10 minutes.
Leave to cool before moving.
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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