Muesli Bars

An exercise in experimental baking.

I like to mix my breakfast cereals.  I combine muesli, corn flakes, puffed wheat and so on, all the time. Whenever my current choice of breakfast cereal is running low, I add the last serve or two to a mixed container, and open something else.  My mixed container at the moment contains toasted muesli, corn flakes, puffed wheat, bran flakes, weeties, and heaven knows what.  I thought it might make a good muesli bar mixture, so I decided to try the idea.  I have never done this before, and without consulting any cookbooks or the internet, I resolved to work it out by myself.

I emptied the cereal container into the Kenwood mixing bowl. It just over half filled it.  Let us say, for the recipe, that would be around three-quarters of a packet of muesli/mixed cereal. I then added the following

    • 1 cup wholemeal flour
    • 1/2 cup ‘homemade’ plain Greek yoghurt (Easiyo)
    • 1/2 cup malt extract
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • about 1/2 cup of grated coconut – all I had left
    • a handful of chopped nuts.  Also all I had.
    • I would have added more of the last two if I had them on hand.   (The amounts used were just what looked or felt right for the consistency of the mix).

I gave it all a jolly good mix in the Kenwood using the K-bar attachment. While that was stirring up I greased and lined a 3cm baking tray, fired up the oven and set it to 160 C. I then poured the sticky mixture into the lined tray  and smoothed and flattened it with a plastic spatula. muesli bar 1 Next I covered the top with baking paper and foil, because I did not want the bars to brown too soon.  Into the middle of the oven it went. After 30 minutes I removed the cover and let it continue to bake, checking on it every ten minutes.  After an hour the colour was right so I removed it from the oven, lifted it out of the pan and cut it with a pizza knife.

Muesli bars

Muesli bars

Now for the taste test. Did it work?  I must wait until the bars have cooled.  The corner one was ok warm, but the real crunch comes when they are cold.  Or so I hope.

 One hour later:

Well, they do not have the texture I was expecting. More chewy than crunchy. But they are delicious!  I shall definitely be making these again. Quite pleased with myself.

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4 Responses to Muesli Bars

  1. Alan says:

    They were very popular. I had hardly any for myself. This weekend I made another batch using the same basic recipe but with a slighty different mix of cereals. This one had only a little toasted muesli, more corn and wheat flakes, some bran and some oatmeal, a whole packet of chopped nuts, a cup of coconut, vanilla essence, orange zest, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and of course the wholemeal flour, yoghurt, malt extract, brown sugar and 2 eggs.

  2. Alan says:

    Thanks Sophie! I surprised myself with this one. Better than I expected. Maybe next time a little more dried fruit, nuts and coconut. Definitely a bit more cinnamon.

  3. sophiebowns says:

    I love this idea!

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