Firstly to see if they tasted as awful and bland as they looked... they did.
And secondly so I could give them to him to take to his little nut allergy parties where all the anaphylaxis kids get together and compare EpiPen carriers or some shit.
So, as always, I threw out the different recipes I'd seen and decided to take what I'd learned to create my own... and they're pretty damn tasty if I do say so myself. The Wonder Couple have declared them "better than the shop bought muesli bars". High praise indeed!
Nut Free Muesli Bars
- 120g of margarine
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
- 3 cups of oats
- 1 cup of crushed cornflakes
- 1 1/2 cups of mixed dried fruit* - this is the important bit so make sure you have a variety, I use a combination of currants, sultanas, cranberries, blueberries, cherries, apricots and even a little peel. This is where the total nom factor comes from! If you just use sultanas it is BOR-ING!
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- In a big bowl combine all your dry ingredients and the super awesome selection of dried fruit
- Combine margarine, honey and sugar in a saucepan and melt together, bring to the boil for 3-4 minutes stirring continuously - it will froth and thicken slightly
- Pour the contents of the saucepan in to the bowl and stir until the whole mix is wet and sticky
- Dump the mix in to a lined slice tray, push down as firmly as you can and bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool (whack it in the fridge to speed it up) then cut to size - bars or squares, I ain't fussy
*I go to the local bulk food store and get a little scoop of all the dried fruits I want so I don't have to pay for giant packets of dried fruit that will take forever to get eaten