Honey, Banana and Choc Chip Muesli Bars

Museli bars are great for a number of reasons.  They’re the perfect snack you don’t have to think about, they’re pretty good at dealing with a rumbling tummy in the middle of the day, and are great for kids’ lunch boxes. However there are a few problems too.  More often than not the ones you’ll find in the supermarket are packed with sugar, often with barely any actual fruit lying within, and they can be pretty expensive for the six relatively small bars you get.

With the new year upon us we thought we’d start by looking at ways we can save money while still eating healthily and not missing out on yummy snacks.  Muesli bars are one of those things that are easy to chuck in the trolley without thinking about.  But it’s often the many little things that make for a lengthy receipt at the checkout, so by starting small and making your own little snacks at home, you can help keep the budget at bay. So here’s our recipe for some yummy muesli bars that will keep you and yours going.

Ingredients:
Directions:

On an ungreased baking sheet, spread your oats out evenly and bake at 180 degrees for about 10 minutes, stirring them up once in the middle of that time.
Remove oats from oven, leaving oven ON, and let cool completely.
While your oats are cooling, you can begin to mix together the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  After the oats are cooled, add them to the bowl and mix all ingredients together.
Lightly spray a smallish (no smaller than 8″x8″) baking dish with cooking spray or a light coating of olive oil, and place mixture evenly into the dish, using your fingers or a rubber spatula to help push it down flat into the dish and corners.
Bake at 180 degrees for approximately 25 minutes.
After cooking, allow dish to cool completely.
After bars have cooled and chocolate has hardened, you can slice however you prefer.
I managed to make about 20 bars by cutting the block in half and slicing relatively thinly.