Banana muesli bars

Banana muesli bars via www.clairekcreations.com

Ollie is now in daycare on Fridays. He has finally started to settle in and no longer cries when I leave (which totally ripped my heart out) – last Friday he practically waved me off – and it is amazing just how much he has grown up in a few weeks. Our little baby is well and truly a toddler and we are loving his cheeky personality.

Sorry, where was I? I could talk about him all day. Ollie being in daycare is good for me too as it gives me a bit of time to get a solid chunk of work done although it doesn’t seem to always work out like that.

Banana muesli bars via www.clairekcreations.com

By the time I do all the washing, sheets, towels, clean the chicken coop (my Friday morning job), go for a walk and do a bit of cooking/baking, it’s nearly time to pick him up again. I’m getting pretty good at power-working and getting as much done around the house in as little time as possible.

Banana muesli bars via www.clairekcreations.com

Since Ollie quit his morning milk I’ve had to add muesli bar making to my Friday to do list. There are the apple and date bars which he absolutely loves but he is also rather fond of banana bars which I think smell/taste just like banana bread in bar form. I love them because they’re really quick and easy to make.

Banana muesli bars via www.clairekcreations.com

I also love that I can throw in as many goodies as I can possibly manage so he gets maximum nutritional bang for buck. I throw in every nut and seed I can find instead of just the one type of nut in the original recipe. I also added some apricots and goji berries to the date mix.

You could really mix them up with whatever you have on hand. They freeze and defrost really well so you could grab one on your way out the door in the morning and have a delicious, healthy morning tea ready in your bag when hunger strikes. Enjoy!

What about you? What are your tricks for getting the housework done in record time?

ps I am taking the next couple of days off (Will has some time off work, yay!) but don’t worry, I’ll be back with more deliciousness next week.

Banana muesli bars via www.clairekcreations.com

 

Banana muesli bars
 
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Serves: approx. 16 bars
Ingredients
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup mixed, chopped dried fruit (I use dates, apricots, sultanas, cranberries and goji berries)
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts - I use a combination of everything I can find including linseed and chia seeds and chop them almost into a meal in the Thermomix
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C fan-forced and grease and line a 20cm (8”) square tin.
  2. Mash the bananas until smooth then stir in the rest of the ingredients using a spatula.
  3. Spread the mixture into the tin and press down on the top and smooth it out.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes then take out of the tin and cut into bars and leave to cool.
Notes
These freeze well. I just throw them in a zip-lock bag and then let one defrost on the bench when needed.

10 Comments

  • Hotly Spiced

    Reply Reply June 19, 2015

    I’m glad he’s enjoying daycare and I can totally relate to time disappearing very quickly between drop-off and pick-up. You feel like you have to run around on fast-forward for the hours they’re there. I love the look of your muesli bars – beautiful presentation xx

    • Claire

      Reply Reply June 22, 2015

      Yes fast forward is exactly what it’s like! x

  • My trick is a cleaning lady. 🙂

    I can’t wait to try these bars. I love the banana idea. I wouldn’t have thought of adding banana because I guess I thought it would get icky. You’re my kitchen guru!

    • Claire

      Reply Reply June 18, 2015

      Haha Maureen I actually have cleaners! Love them! Yes I would have thought it would be icky too but it seems to bake nicely.

  • I don’t think I’ve ever had banana in a muesli bar but it would be so delicious! 😀

    • Claire

      Reply Reply June 17, 2015

      Yep just like banana bread in bar form!

  • Chris Scheuer

    Reply Reply June 17, 2015

    Claire these look wonderful. They’d be great to take on a hike or bike ride for extra energy.
    When Nick was little and went to Mother’s morning out I was just like you, scurrying around busy as a bee. But every now and then I would just come home and take a long snooze until it was time to go back and get him. I didn’t get much done those days but it was just what I needed to get me through the next week.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply June 17, 2015

      Chris I think I might need to do that one daycare day. I will admit one day I all I wanted to do was sit on the couch and watch a movie. I will have to treat myself before the baby arrives.

  • Nelle

    Reply Reply June 16, 2015

    I have been following your adventures a long time. I feel embarrassed as if I’ve somehow been stalking you! I am really interested in trying your breakfast bars. I have difficulties with my children’s diet, so they could help. Although my children are all at school. I always felt awkward about commenting and then when I did so, asking another blogger a question, which was kindly answered, I never thanked them, as one of the children became suddenly ill. Fortunately my child quickly recovered (more quickly than I did in fact) but I have always felt funny about commenting since. All the best for your endeavours and your family.

    • Claire

      Reply Reply June 16, 2015

      That’s so sweet Nelle! Don’t feel funny at all! Thanks for your lovely message and that’s not stalking at all!

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