Baking

Chewy Strawberry & White Chocolate Muesli Bars

After trying the original recipe (found here: Bake Play Smile) and finishing off the whole batch in a few days (we spared a few to share with our parents, grudgingly), I decided to mix it up and make it my own. In my eyes, these muesli bars are healthier, cheaper, and more natural version of the strawberry flavoured bars that cost $5 a box at the supermarket.
The great thing about this recipe is you can really put your own twist on it if you’d prefer. Don’t like almonds? Switch them for your favourite nut. Prefer not to eat honey? Use another syrup or natural sweetener instead. At the end the bars will still be delicious, and have an almost caramelised bottom and chewy texture.
Enjoy!

Prep time: 10 minutes. Baking time: 25 minutes. Serves: 24 bars. 

Ingredients:
-1 2/3 cup of rolled oats
-1 cup of puffed rice or wheat (I use Homebrand ‘Honey Poppas’)
-1/3 cup of wholemeal plain flour
-1/2 cup of shredded coconut
-1/2 tsp of sea salt
-1/2 tsp of cinnamon
-2 tsp maca powder (optional)
-2/3 cup of demerara sugar (or other sugar)
-1tsp of vanilla
-1/2 cup of coconut oil
-1/2 cup of almond butter
-1/4 cup of honey
-1/4 cup of rice malt syrup
-1 cup of nuts and seeds and dried fruit (I used flaked almonds, pepitas, chia seeds, cranberries)
-20g of freeze dried strawberries, crushed into smaller pieces (these are found with the nuts and seeds in the supermarket)
-1/2 cup of white chocolate chips, or chopped white chocolate.

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Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 160c. Line a slice tray with baking paper, leaving some overhang.
2. Melt together the almond butter, coconut oil, honey, and rice malt syrup. Do this in either a small saucepan or in a microwaveable bowl.
3. Once melted, add the demerara sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Mix it all together until combined. Sit aside.
4. In a larger bowl, mix together all of your dry ingredients except for the white chocolate. Make sure there are no large chunks of dried strawberries (just snap the with your fingers if there is. This is kinda fun!)
5. Add in your wet ingredients, and mix together, making sure everything is well combined.
6. Tip into tray, and spread around. Get an extra piece of baking paper, place over the muesli and squish down, to help it get nice and compact, and reach the edges.
7. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes. Check, and see if the edges have turned golden. If not, bake for another 5 minutes.
8. Once out of the oven, melt your chocolate in the microwave. Drizzle chocolate all over bars. Leave to cool, and once chocolate is hard, cut into bars.

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