Thursday, February 10, 2011

Müsli bars

Following my list of healthier recipes, I came up with the idea of making some chewy and totally delicious Müsli bars! I have a lot of different nuts to be used, as well as a bag of Müsli ready to eat (add milk or yogurt and done) which has been my almost daily breakfast. I had the thought to make something else out of it, and all of a sudden had the clear image of myself making these healthy bars. Just some honey, some more nuts and you will have these delicious treats with not a gram of sugar or butter!

(around 20-25 mini bars)

  • 180 gr. / 6.35 oz Müsli (oat flakes, raisins, some nuts)
  • 50 gr. / 1,76 oz Almonds (complete, crushed or slices. I prefer complete)
  • 40 gr. / 1,4 oz Sunflower seeds
  • 10 gr. / 0,35 oz Dried grounded Coconut
  • 10 gr. / 0,35 oz Sesame seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Corn Starch and 2-3 spoons of water (not more than that!)
  • 3 - 4 full Tbsp Honey

In a bowl, mix Müsli, seeds and nuts alltogether.

In a small saucepan, add the honey to heat. While heating (is quite fast, you have to be very fast during the whole process), quickly dissolve the corn starch with the spoons of water, to create a fluid but thick paste. When the honey begins to boil, add the corn starch and mix fast. Remove from fire almost as you add the starch. Keep moving the mix to avoid cooling too fast.

Quickly add the honey with corn starch to the müsli-nuts mix. Mix thoroughly until everything is well mixed and very few nuts or müsli are not adhered to the rest.

Pour or place this mix inside a clean plastic bag (I used the ones for freezing food). Spread carefully with your hands over a flat surface, until it is at your desired thickness (around 8 mm/0,3 in. thick). Then with your rollpin, make flat and break some bigger nuts to spread them more. Be careful to make all ends straight to have an even square or rectangle.

Let it cool in your fridge and keep flat for at least 2 hours. Then cut the bag (you can use baking paper as well but the bag gives you more control on the shape), and slice in rectangles or squares. Store them separately, better if wrapped with baking paper.

Eat them and enjoy, or give them away as healthy and yummy treats to your loved ones!

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