I have tried it both baked and unbaked and I prefer the baked option as I like a bit of crunch, but you could just as easily go the unbaked option and these little bars will be more chewy and soft in texture. If you do decide to go the unbaked version, do yourself a favour and lightly toast the oats for about 10 to 15 minutes on 175C to take away their rawness. This version also needs to be kept refrigerated and I am not sure how they would travel in a lunch box with hot weather approaching. However way you like your muesli bars this is a great simple recipe that will have you hooked.
|Line a 32cm x 21cm baking tray with non stick baking paper. This dimension of tray will give you lovely thin muesli bars. By all means, if you like a more solid muesli bar choose a small baking tray|
|Roast almonds in a 175 C oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until they smell divine. Let cool and roughly chop|
|Put dates into a food processor|
|And blitz until a paste forms, this is the glue that binds these lovely bars of goodness|
|Add all ingredients to a large bowl|
|And mix well to coat all dry ingredients in the peanut butter, honey and date paste|
|Pour and scrap mixture into prepared baking tray. Using wet hands, press mixture evenly into the tray|
|Now, roll an even sided glass over the mixture, make sure you make your corners neat, it will make for neater looking bars. Put into a preheated oven at 180 C and cook for 10 minutes|
|After 10 minutes, take the tray out of the oven and score the slab how you like, I used a pizza cutter. Yes, I did it a bit wonky, didn't I?|
|Now, pop it back into the oven and bake for a further 10 minutes or until you are happy with the colour|
|This amount made 12 delicious muesli and almond bars and cost approximately 38 cents per bar. |
Do you make muesli bars? What is your favourite recipe for little bars of goodness?