I live in hope of finding some sort of cereal bar, that I can make, that my children will like. I think a good cereal bar is an excellent thing to be eaten when you don’t have much time, but need something that will keep you going. But so many bought cereal bars are full of crap.
Many years ago, I co-ran a parenting website called I Want My Mum (because that’s all I said when I was pregnant and not long after having my baby, “I want my mum, I want my mum!” I would lament. Luckily she wasn’t far). I posted a recipe on there for some sort of healthy cereal, chewy bar. Loads of people went crazy for it, saying that their children loved it.
Not mine. My children have never liked any sort of bar that I’ve made, but they look at the Kellogg’s Special K Raspberry and Chocolate bars with longing every time they go past them in the supermarket aisle.
So I saw these in my Dale Pinnock Healthy Every Day book. He’s the one I got the chocolate/coffee smoothie idea from. I adapted his recipe, changing the proportions and also, he said you should sandwich the chocolate/peanut butter layer in between the layers of oats. But this didn’t look great to me, and also, in a bid to entice my children, I thought it’d be better to coat the whole lot in chocolate. I even wrapped them up in little bags to make them look shop bought. Did they love them?
The ungrateful bastards. But I really like them (just as well as I have about 18 of them now) and if you need a healthy but delicious, quite treaty snack, you can try these. Or, if you’re lucky, your children might like them.
65g unsalted butter
50g coconut oil
45g raw honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
300g porridge oat flakes
125g 70% cocoa chocolate
80g nut butter of choice – not one that’s full of sugar but if your nut butter doesn’t have salt in it you may want to add a pinch
Melt the butter, coconut oil and honey in a pan. Add a pinch of sea salt if your nut butter doesn’t have it. When melted, add the vanilla extract and the oats, and coat everything.
In a bowl atop another pan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and nut butter. When melted, add to the oat mixture and stir really well. Tip into a tin (I use one that’s about 20cm square but you can see how much mixture you have so use a tin accordingly. I line mine with baking parchment to make thing easier). Then just chill for an hour or two, cut into slices and offer to your children and when they refuse, sit down and eat the lot yourself whilst writing them out of your will.
oh yes, those damn cereal bars at the store. EVERY time she goes with me it’s, “Can I can I can I???” Clearly, I’ve given in since she’s gone well past the longing-looks stage. I think what you need on your wrapper is a beautiful photo that lies about the contents (oh Pete…) because I’ve found that what gets Jaya every time is the blasted photo on the wrapper, which is far more enticing than the chocolate-covered sawdust contained within.
Oh Catherine, thou art so wise and right
Oh, what glorious words!
Have you ever tried these? http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/breakfast-bars-55
I know anything held together with condensed milk is hardly healthy, but at least you know what’s in them. I make them for myself for cycling as they don’t fall to bits in your pocket but I have to hide them as the rest of the family are addicted
Ooh Mabel, thank you. No they’ve quite passed me by. I think I’d replace the peanuts with other nuts and leave out the dessicated coconut but they look delicious and if you recommend them..condensed milk does tend to make everything really addictive.