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NB: This recipe is a GREAT base to work from for a more elaborate muesli bar recipe. For example, before adding in the rolled oats with the bananas, you can mix them with some seeds, dried fruit and/or chocolate pieces. Yup, it’s that simple! The next recipe (below) is a slightly more elaborate one we’ve developed from this simple recipe.
This is a SUPER SLAPDASH recipe, so do feel free to alter and change around quantities if you wish. The consistencies will vary somewhat, depending on the fruit you use and how juicy they are – so don’t be scared to stray from the recipe a bit. Note that you can get away with a sludgier consistency than you might expect because the refrigeration step does solidify the mixture a bit, making it easier to work with before you put it in the oven. The recipe can be refined sugar free, so long as the dried fruit you use has no added sugar, and so long as you choose a syrup that isn’t golden syrup!
Bliss balls are a really great alternative snack to muesli bars, are easy to make, and keep for ages. There are so many different recipes out there, but we love these because they are super easy, require virtually no ingredients, and unlike most bliss ball recipes, are also coconut oil-free (we will never be awarded full hippy credentials because we strongly believe that coconut oil is not for human consumption <– controversial!)
NB: we keep this recipe zero waste by NOT using single-use baking paper/parchment paper. Instead, we use Trade Aid’s home compostable chocolate wrappers because we buy this chocolate occasionally (because the packaging is compostable in our home compost), but rather than eating the chocolate and then putting the wrapper straight into our compost bin, we see the value in keeping, washing, and reusing the wrapper first (especially because the wrapper is FREE, unlike baking paper…) And it’s great to use instead of baking paper in instances like this when you aren’t going to bake the stuff (not sure the Trade Aid wrappers would hold up to baking) – thanks to our friend Ismene for this top tip! Having said all that though, a metal spatula on a glass or porcelain oven dish is also a fine alternative and will get the rice krispie/buckwheat groat cake out for slicing.