My sister and I would always be given a muesli bar to have for morning tea at school, that was the healthy thing back in the day. Now we realise that most shop bought muesli bars are either really high in fat or sugar or both and some have as many kilojoules as a whole meal! (which is fine if you are climbing mountains, not so great if you are a sedentary uni student). I still love a good old muesli bar to take to Uni but these days choose to make my own healthier versions. These are quick and easy to make, I basically just throw in whatever I have in the cupboard at the time meaning no two batches are the same.
Nutriton: Tahini is a rich source of calcium for strong bones, flax seeds is a good source of fibre and omega 3, rolled oats provide some filling carbohydrates while carob powder adds a lovely sweetness to the dish without the need for sugar.
- 1 ripe banana
- 6 medjool dates
- ¼ cup tahini or nut butter
- 1tbsp almond milk/milk of choice
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- ¼ cup ground linseed/flax
- ¼ cup dried cranberries or other dried fruit
- ⅓ cup chopped almonds
- ¼ cup carob powder or mesquite
- 1- 1½ cups rolled oats - enough to make a sticky mix
- Extra fruit nuts and seeds to decorate
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius
- Blend up dates, banana milk and tahini/nut butter in food processor until smooth.
- Mix in other ingredients and press into baking dish lined with baking paper.
- Bake for 15mins or until set