So many choices out there it can be rather confusing… Here's what I've found out so far…

So I’ve been doing some research on healthy baking for Jack and have come up with a few recipes which I will be trying out over the next wee while.

As I’ve said before in previous posts I think Homemade/Homebaking rocks. You know what you have put in it equals you know what your children are eating. I even think those biscuits like Afghans etc are still better than anything you have brought from the shops and you can play around with the recipes and try to add in honey or other natural sweeteners to flavor instead of white sugar.

Over the next while I will be posting some recipes I have tried and let you know how Jack enjoyed them.

The first one I found on a fantastic blog site Towards Sustainability  written by Julie and there is more than one recipe I would like to try on her blog.

Low Fat, Low Sugar Muesli Bars

Ingredients –

2 cups rolled oats

6 crushed Weet Bix

1/2 cup sultanas

60g dried apricots, chopped

1 cup of 100% orange juice

1/3 cup of honey

2 egg whites

Method

1. Combine orange juice and honey in a small saucepan, and simmer over medium heat for around 10 minutes, until it thickens and forms a thin syrup.

2. Combine oats, Weet Bix, sultanas and apricots in a bowl. Add syrup and stir to combine. Add egg whites and mix.

3. Preheat oven to 180’C (350’F). Press mixture into a lined 18 x 28cm tin, and bake 20-25 minutes until golden.

4. Cool in tin, turn out and cut into bars. They will last for up to a week in an air-tight container.

I followed the above and the bars turned out beautiful… Just right for a 1-year-old. Soft and chewy but Julie also states on her website that if you want a crunch in your bar you could try toasting the oats first or once you have cut up the bars after cooking pop them back into the oven for a while but just watch them they easily burn!

Here’s a picture of how mine turned out  and Jack really loved them.. (they lasted about 1 week in an airtight container)If you do decide to give these ago please let me know how you got on and if your kids loved them like Jack did or not.

Also if your after more ideas head on over to Julies website  Towards Sustainability

 

 

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Comments on: "Healthy Nearly Sugarless Muesli Bars For Your Kids" (2)

  1. I think your philosophy is fantastic – we should all be way more aware of exactly what our kids are eating and this is virtually impossible with the processed stuff you get at the supermarket.
    I’m a very big advocate of SUGAR FREE and unfortunately the information out there is still a bit confusing. I can highly recommend reading David Gillespie – Sweet Poison or looking up Sarah Wilson’s blog – I Quit Sugar.

    Unfortunately and in brief – SUGAR IS SUGAR and the FRUCTOSE part is doing enormous damage to our health. It is 50% of table sugar, 40% of honey and even higher in fruit – especially dried fruit where it’s concentrated. So in your recipe – the sultanas, the apricots, the orange juice and the honey are all added sugar and you would find if you did a nutrition analysis that the recipe was probably close to 25% sugar.

    I’m not writing to be a kill joy – it’s really tough to find the right and most nutritious snacks for our kids and there’s no doubt that at least if you’re making it yourself you’re way ahead!

    I hope that as you are making such an effort this little piece of information might be of some assistance in your quest.

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