Saturday, March 16, 2013

Muesli Bars

I recently found a great recipe to make a little snack. This recipe is pretty healthy, but the sugar in it isn't so great if you have blood sugar problems. So this post will contain the original recipe. A diabetic version and then the baby version. Something everyone can enjoy. Plus if you're on a diet the a diabetic or baby version is probably better for you ;)

Original Version
3 cups toastd fruit muesli
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup chopped dried dates
1/3 cup shredded coconut
125g butter, chopped
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup demerara sugar 

Step 1
Grease a 3cm-deep, 16cm x 26cm (base) slice pan. Line with baking paper, allowing 2cm overhang on long sides.
Step 2
Combine Muesli, aprictos, dates and coconut in a large bowl.
Step 3
PLace butter, honey, peanut butter and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes or until mixture has thickened. Add to muesli mixture. Stir to combine. Press mixture into prepared pan. Smooth top. Cover. Refrigerate overnight or until set. Cut into bars and serve or keep refirgerated to store for later.
Diabetic Version

Replace sugar with diabetic sugar (I used Equal), and make sure the peanut butter used is 100% peanut butter! WIth no addes sugar or no preservatives! Seeds and other nuts and fruits can also be added to vary the recipe.

Baby Version
Instead of putting in honey substitute for molasses or corn syrup, babies can't really have honey, something to do with the bacteria that thrives in there and infant botulism, and it is recommended you wait until they are 2 before you give it to them. Replace the sugar with apple concentrate or another fruity flavour. If you prefer to use Meusli for babies then you can.

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