Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fruity Pecan Muesli Bars

OH and I spent today at The Royal Hobart Botanical Gardens with OH's Mum, sister and nephew. The day was slightly overcast, but occasionally the sun decided to come out and it was beautiful and warm. We had a quick picnic before heading off for a wander around the gardens. Eli had never been there before and couldn't quite grasp the concept of 'having a wander' because he kept asking where we were walking too! Eventually his little legs got tired and he retired to the pram - personally I was very jealous, he had the best seat in the house tucked up in his chauffeur driven pram eating his icecream! The Botanical Gardens are full of things to see, we walked for nearly two hours and still didn't see everything, but we did see the fuschia house, the anatartic house (brrrrrr!!), the cactus house, the japanese gardens, the fern house, the floral clock and don't forget the ducklings!!!

It was a lovely day, there are so many beautiful spots at the gardens and at this time of year the daffodils and tulips are in full bloom as well. I could have sprawled out on a blanket with a book and some nibbles and easily filled in the rest of the day!

All that walking requires some serious energy though and these Fruity Pecan Muesli Bars are the perfect energy packed lunch box treat!

All you need is:

1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup caster sugar
75g unsalted butter
1.5 cups muesli (I used one with coconut, sultanas and almonds for added goodies!)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
150g dried fruit (I used Fresh Life Triple Fruit Treat Mango, Cranberry and Blueberry)
1/3 cup chopped pecans

Pre-heat oven to 180C

Combine the honey, caster sugar and butter together in a microwave safe dish. Heat for around 60 seconds on high or until sugar is melted and ingredients are combined.

In a bowl combine the muesli, cinnamon, dried fruit and pecans in a bowl. Pour over honey mixture and stir until everything is well coated.

Push the mixture into a greased tin and flatten. Bake for 20-25 mins. Allow the slice to cool on the bench - it is quite fragile when it's still soft so I find it's best to leave it in the fridge overnight before slicing.

These muesli bars are so yummy!! The hardest part is not eating them before they cool!!

I hope your all having a great weekend :)

Em x

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