chewy muesli bar recipe for lunchboxes

Tired of making sandwiches? These lunchbox treats are a tasty alternative – and you can make them together with the kids.

PREP + COOK TIME 40 MINUTES (+ STANDING)

MAKES 16

You will need:

2 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup desiccated coconut

1/2 cup wholewheat plain flour

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup sultanas

1/4 cup chopped dried apricots

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt flakes

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

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How to make the chewy lunchbox muesli bars

1 Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease a 20cm x 30cm slice pan; line base with baking paper, extending paper 5cm over long sides of pan.

2 Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.

3 Place oil and syrup in a small saucepan; bring to the boil. Boil until oil is melted. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

4 Add oil mixture to dry mixture; stir thoroughly to combine (the mixture will be quite firm; use clean hands to combine, if necessary). Spoon mixture into pan and press down firmly with a spatula or damp hands to level.

5 Bake for 25 minutes or until golden. Turn off oven; leave slice in oven for a further 5 minutes to dry out slightly. Remove from the oven; stand slice in pan for 15 minutes.

6 Use the baking paper to help lift the slice onto a wire rack. Cool completely. Remove paper; cut slice into 16 fingers.

Bars will keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week. If they become sticky, place in a 150°C oven for 5 minutes; turn the oven off and leave for a further 5 minutes.

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