The great thing about a big family is that we do learn to care for each other, well. Somedays it is in a hurried haphazard way, but mostly we know we are all on the same team and need to help.

The children all love cooking and although there are days when I inwardly dread the “Can I cook something?” request from one of the kids they are now safe and well skilled to do most things.

My eldest girl made Donna Hay’s “Make 1 Make 3” Muesli Bars (Kid’s Issue Annual 6, 2009). The basic recipe really works. In the past I have made the healthy muesli bar that crumbled when I simply looked at it. I assure this won’t happen. It does have to have some fat and some sugar in it to glue it together. I think we chose olive oil instead of vegetable oil with great success. Hay has a number of different options to change the flavour of your bar – fruit, seeds, choc chip, cornflakes instead of oats and so on. Let me know if you want to make these treasures this week.

The only problem is that there may not be enough left for Friday when school starts!

PS Thanks for asking. Here is the recipe…..with my edits.

Muesli Bars

3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup flour
2 tbs brown sugar
1 cup sultanas
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cu[ golden syrup
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 160 c. Place all dry ingredients in bowl. Heat honey and syrup in small saucepan over medium heat until runny and then whisk in oil. Add this to dry ingredients and combine. Spoon into greased 20cm x 30cm tin lined with non stick baking paper and flatten with a spoon. Bake 35-40 mins or until golden. Cool and cut into pieces. *Can be made in 40 ml capacity muffin tins

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