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
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
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