Home-made muesli bars

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - PARENTING - By EllEn WhytE

CooK­Ing is a fun fam­ily ac­tiv­ity that also al­lows kids to learn im­por­tant liv­ing skills.

With th­ese recipes, kids have an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore bak­ing, nu­tri­tion and in­gre­di­ent sub­sti­tut­ing. It’s fun, ed­u­ca­tional and cre­ative.

Choose your in­gre­di­ents

Choose your binder

Muesli bars gen­er­ally con­sist of rolled oats, bulked out with seeds and dried fruit. To get the pro­por­tions right, make your own mix. 2 cups rolled oats 1 cup of three of more of th­ese in­gre­di­ents: shred­ded co­conut, wheat germ, se­same seeds, sun­flower ker­nels, raw pump­kin seeds or flax seeds

1 cup of one or more of th­ese in­gre­di­ents: raisins, sul­tanas, gin­ger, or any dried fruits such as mango, ba­nana or cran­ber­ries.

Cook your seeds

Pour your seeds into a dry fry­ing pan and cook over a low to medium heat, stir­ring to pre­vent the seeds from burn­ing.

Cook un­til golden. This takes about five min­utes or so. Set aside to cool.

You can bind ev­ery­thing to­gether with honey or cake. gen­er­ally speak­ing, the honey is much sweeter, so cake is a lighter al­ter­na­tive.

How­ever, if you have a mini toaster rather than a tem­per­a­ture con­trolled oven, mak­ing cake won’t be pos­si­ble.

Ei­ther way, grease and line a square bak­ing tin with bak­ing pa­per

If you choose the cake, buy a pack of plain vanilla or yel­low sponge­cake mix.

Fol­low the in­struc­tions to make the cake bat­ter, fold in oats, seeds and dried fruit, then bake as di­rected.

The cake will be very dense. Leave to cool, cut into squares and store in an air­tight box.

If you choose the honey binder, heat 100g of but­ter in a pan and stir in 1/2 cup of honey and 1/8 cup of brown su­gar.

Stir un­til the su­gar has dis­solved, then cook on a low heat for two to three min­utes. Add oats, seeds and dried fruit.

Turn into tin and cool in the fridge un­til set. Cut into squares and store in an air­tight box.

Fol­low this sim­ple and fun recipe with chil­dren, giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore bak­ing, nu­tri­tion and in­gre­di­ent sub­sti­tut­ing.

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