By Diane Stevens.
Here is an easy recipe that we have adapted from Bill Granger’s muesli bars. They are a healthy alternative to sweets (i.e. no butter or refined sugar) and are ideal as an energy boost for kids: in their lunchboxes, for morning tea or afternoon snack, before sport or homework!
1 cup honey
¼ cup pure maple syrup
4 cups rolled oats (untoasted)
½ cup sesame seeds
1 cup pitted dates, chopped
½ cup mixed dried fruit (I used dried cranberries, currants,sultanas)
¾ cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional for decoration on top)
- Preheat oven to 150 Celsius. Grease a 20 cm X 30 cm lamington pan and line with baking paper.
- Put oil, honey and maple syrup in a small saucepan over low heat, whisk until ingredients are combined.
- Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl and add honey mixture. Stir well ensuring all ingredients stick together loosely.
- Transfer mixture to pan, spread evenly to edges of tray and press firmly. If desired, sprinkle an additional tablespoon of sesame seeds over prepared pan.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown
- Allow tray to cool or store in refrigerator overnight before cutting into bars. They are ideal to freeze or will keep in an airtight container for 4-5 days.