Nutty Muesli Slice

Muesli bars are a great little energy booster, and with the right ingredients can provide all the right fats, protein, minerals and fibre we need to keep us going.  Whilst we can buy and store them for just an occasion, most are extremely high in added sugars, and generally lack decent amounts of fibre.  Unfortunately they are more convenient for our hectic lifestyles than if we were to make our own.  However, if you do fancy making your own muesli slice this is a great one to give a go.  The only sugar involved is the natural sugars found within the fruit, and the dates also bind it all together.  You can also change it around a bit by adding your own favourite nuts and seeds.  Store in an airtight container to keep a little longer.

Nutty Oaty Muesli Slice

Serves 16
Prep time 25 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 55 minutes
Meal type Snack

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups Rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup Sultanas
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup Whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts
  • 3/4 cups Pitted dates
  • 8 Prunes
  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • 1/4 cup Orange juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Ground ginger

Directions

1. Mix together the oats, sultanas, seeds and nuts in a bowl.
2. In a saucepan, place the dates, prunes, water and orange juice and simmer on a low heat until mushy (usually takes around ten minutes, but keep an eye on it in case you need to add more liquid).
3. Add the spices then transfer to a small blender and process with the oil until smooth.
4. Transfer the wet mix to a bowl and add half the dry ingredients. Thoroughly mix through, it usually works best if you get your hands in there and press it all together. Keep adding the dry to the wet until all combined.
5. Press the mixture into two lined loaf tins and bake at 180C for 20 minutes with a baking tray on top. Remove the tray and bake for a further 10 minutes.
6. Allow the slice to cool completely in the loaf tins before turning out and cutting up.

ANZAC Biscuits

Our mission is about making things healthier, but not to compromise on taste.  This recipe is about substitution rather than omission, therefore we’ve kept the golden syrup (what is an ANZAC biscuits without that distinctive flavour!), but have reduced the amount by half, replaced less than half the amount of caster sugar with brown sugar (again, for taste reasons), and used oil instead of butter.  Adding ground walnuts helped with flavour and keeping them together, and the result is very more-ish!!

ANZAC Biscuits

Serves 20
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Snack

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Wholemeal flour
  • 1 cup Shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts (processed until fine)
  • 3/4 cups Rolled oats
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Golden syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons Boiling water

Directions

1. Mix the wholemeal flour, coconut, walnut, oats and salt in a bowl.
2. Place the oil, sugar, golden syrup and vanilla essence in a pan and warm through, stirring as you go.
3. Add the boiling water to the baking soda in a separate container to dissolve.
4. Pour the baking soda mix into the oil and sugar mixture, it will froth up so mix and pour quickly into the dry ingredients, combine.
5. The mixture will appear quite crumbly, so use your hands to squeeze small balls together before placing on an oven tray.
6. Flatten the balls with your hand, and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown in a 160C oven.
7. Leave on the tray for a few minutes then cool on a rack and place into an airtight container.