Back in the olden days, Ma would send my sister and I skipping off to catch the school bus armed with a sandwich, juice box and a snack, usually in the form of an Uncle Toby’s muesli bar. Sometimes we’d have fruit and nut, choc mint or yoghurt topped bars but my favourite was always a good ol’ chocolate chip muesli bar.
In a nostalgic attempt to recreate these childhood snacks, I made a simple healthier version.
My first attempt was a basic version with oats, peanut butter, rice malt syrup and chocolate chips. I was chuffed to find see that these were excellently received at the office, even down to the amount of chewiness of the bars. Knowing I was on the right track, I decided to make a few adjustments.
The kicker was adding a little cinnamon and dried cranberries for a bit of extra flavour. By golly folks, these easy treats are great for those mid-afternoon hunger pangs and even better, they aren’t too sweet and there’s no hidden nasties.
Tip: This makes a big BBQ tray full – around 18 bars. If using a smaller tray, half the ingredients. For an extra healthy kick, add a tablespoon of LSA or protein powder.
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup rice malt syrup
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- ½ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 180°C and line a large baking tray or disposable BBQ tray.
- Soften the peanut butter and rice malt syrup in the microwave for 10-20 seconds. This will make it easier to combine.
- Insert the mixer blade and add the oats, peanut butter, rice malt syrup and cinnamon to the bowl. Mix on speed 7 for 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
- Add the chocolate chips and dried cranberries and mix again for 10 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
- Press the mixture firmly and evenly into the baking tray and bake for 20 minutes.
- Allow to cool and cut into bars.
Are you making this at home? I would love to see it! Share a pic with the tag #vegeTARAianmakes so I can check it out. Happy cooking!
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