We are massive fans of muesli bars in this household but unfortunately it’s hard to find many that are free from the usual nasties yet still taste acceptable by the kids standards!
Introducing Cereal Slice, a quick and easy homemade muesli bar recipe which is great for using up the crumbly dregs at the bottom of your cereal packets while also getting the tick of approval from our hardest little lunch box critics…
1 x cup of cereal (anything! weetbix, cornflakes, muslie – I used shredded wheat)
2 x cups of dried fruit*
1 x cup plain flour
1 x cup brown sugar
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 x egg, lightly whisked.
125g melted buter
*You can use any dried fruit, I had some dates and apricots left over from another recipe so I used them along with some almonds, sultanas and pepita (pumpkin) seeds. Obviously omit the almonds and use more fruit if you have any concern about nut allergies.
1. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees and line a slice tray with baking paper.
2. Place the cereal into a large bowl, breaking it up with your hands (only necessary if you use block cereal like weet bix or shredded wheat) then add the flour, coconut and sugar, stir together.
2. With a sharp knife and a chopping board (or even better, in a food processor if you have one) chop the dried fruit mixture into small chunks then stir into the flour mixture.
3. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter (just do 30 seconds at a time so it doesn’t splatter everywhere) then add it to the dry mixture along with the egg.
4. Stir together until well combined then pour into the slice tray using the back of the spoon to press down ensuring the mixture has gone into all the corners.
5. Bake in the oven for 20-25mins or until the top is firm and resembles a light golden brown colour.
6. Leave to cool before turning out onto a wire cake rack to cool completely.
7. Once cool, cut into desired “muesli bar” size and store for up to a week in an airtight container.
Perfect to pop into the kids lunch boxes or for afternoon tea with a cup of coffee!