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.