Modern Muesli Bars

What’s Cooking? … Modern Muesli Bars.

Whilst muesli bars were always a nice idea and delicious to make at home and have available for a quick afternoon snack or breakfast substitute, they were usually pretty heavy on the sugar, honey and butter, which kind of defeats the purpose of a healthy bar.

That’s why I’ve come up with this delicious, but still healthy Modern Muesli Bar.  These have no butter, sugar , honey or flour.  Just really good ingredients.  They are a good sustaining healthy bar that will get you through that afternoon slump or substitute for breakfast if you are in a hurry.  They are a good satisfying substitute for a sweet.  I think they are adaptable too and would be great as an accompaniment to a cheese platter, along with fruit pastes.  They could also be decorated with a little dark chocolate..

This is how I do it.

Ingredients

3 ripe mashed bananas
1 1/2 cups raw muesli ( not toasted)
2 tablespoons  chopped almonds
2 tablespoons dried cranberries
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 grated apple
zest of 1 lemon
extra sesame seeds for sprinkling
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Method

Set the oven to 150 degrees Celsius. In a large bowl mix the muesli, almonds, cranberries, sesame seeds and spices.  Incorporate the mashed bananas.  Mix well.

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Then add the grated apple and lemon zest.  Mix thoroughly.

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Line a 30cm pizza tray with baking paper.  Put the mixture on the baking tray.  Use a piece of cling film to spread and press the mixture evenly across the tray. Remove the cling film and sprinkle a few extra sesame seeds on top.

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Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Remove from the oven.  Rest for 5 minutes, then, while still warm, carefully cut the muesli bar into 12 wedges.

Reduce oven to 120 degrees Celsius. Arrange the wedges on a second baking tray leaving room between each one.  Return to the oven for about 20 minutes, turn over at half  time to dry underside.

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Enjoy anytime.

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