Chocolate muesli bar
My teens will tell you I’m a nightmare as I always change recipes – even ones I create myself! I think this leads to new discoveries (and admittedly, some disasters).
In this case I did discover something cool that I can share.
I don’t usually use chocolate in baking so only had some 70% regular snacking stuff in the pantry. For those in NZ it was Whittaker’s too so snapping off squares requires a hammer and chisel, never mind making it into chips!
I got out my mortar and pestle and smashed it (you could also use a sealed bag and something heavy to bash it with). It meant I got ‘chips’, but also powder. The powder gave it a lovely chocolaty flavour throughout.
Home-made is usually better than store bought so making your own muesli bars helps add nutrients, often reduces sugar, and means fewer additives. Bonus if you can get the fussy eaters to help in the kitchen.
This recipe also makes a bar that holds together really well.
Recipe – for a test amount
Heat oven to 165˚
1 cup oats (quick cook work better or, I used wholegrain but blitzed them into small pieces first)
1 dst sp flour (I used wholemeal – and you can’t tell it’s not white)
1 tsp sugar (I used coconut sugar)
1/4 tsp salt
1 dst sp ground linseeds/flax (optional)
½ tsp vanilla
1/16 – 1/8 cup runny honey (to taste)
¼ cup melted butter
¼ cup choc chips (or more to taste)
Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl except choc chips.
Mix the wet ingredients and then add to the dry ingredients.
Mix through choc chips and powder.
Press mixture into a greased baking dish.
Cook for 20+ minutes until browning.
Allow to cool almost completely. Cut into rectangles.
Once cool remove from baking tray.
Judith, MA Cantab, 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.
She is also mum to two boys and the author of Creating Confident Eaters and Winner Winner I Eat Dinner. Her dream is that every child is able to approach food from a place of safety and joy, not fear.
Learn more about Judith here: https://theconfidenteater.com/about/