I often make this in lieu of muesli bars for school lunches. When my boys were younger, I never bought them 'trendy', packaged lunchbox foods, but their lunch boxes were the envy of every kid in school. Other kids would beg to swap their roll-ups or whatever the latest lunch box 'fad' was for a piece of my boys' home made slice or cakes. I think that home-made beats store-bought anyday and it would seem that the majority of kids in the playground agree.
Muesli Bar Slice
125g butter, chopped
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup coconut
½ cup self-raising flour, sifted
½ cup chopped dried apricots
1/3 cup slivered almonds
40g choc bits
1 teaspoon oil
Preheat oven to 160°C.
Put butter, sugar and golden syrup into a pan and cook over low heat 4-5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Mix oats, coconut, flour, apricots and almonds in a bowl. Add butter mixture and combine well. Press into a greased and lined slice tin. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden.
Melt choc bits with oil and drizzle over slice. Allow to cool. Note: Slice will set harder as it cools). Cut into slices.
Life for us has been all about survival on a shoestring budget. I cook from scratch and don't buy prepackaged mixes of anything. I've learnt how to live on very basic (and cheap) staples. I've raised happy and healthy kids and I believe that good food is central to a good life!
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I have an unpublished cookbook manuscript that lives on my kitchen bench. This is the collection that I have fed my family from for many years, all made from a core list of practical and economical ingredients. The manuscript is splattered with butter, flour and milk from daily use. It moves between the kitchen and the office as I edit and test-kitchen the recipes.