A breakfast bar should be like a portable bowl of cereal, nourishing, filling and not too full of sugar. It should contain some whole grains or complex carbohydrates for energy and some fibre. This recipe is a good foundation, you can add a topping or vary the ingredients to your taste, add some flax seeds or nuts, drizzle it with an icing or just enjoy it is as is. These are a good option for a breakfast on the run, to eat in the car or before or after sport when you need low GI energy.

Makes 18 bars

5 tbsp Olivani, margarine or butter
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup wholemeal flour
1 cup self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup coconut
5 Weetbix crumbled
1 cup dried fruit – I usually use ½ cup chopped dried apricots and ½ cup raisins
1 cup apple either grated with the skin on (2 small apples) or a can of apple puree
1 egg lightly beaten
½ cup brown sugar – or ½ cup honey
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup boiling water – if using honey you may not need any extra liquid

Tip: These aren’t as sweet as a conventional muesli bar but are much healthier. Add more spices if you like, I often add a tbsp or two of candied mixed peel for a little citrussy burst, or dried cranberries for a little tartness.

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