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This lunchbox treat will rule the school

These granola bars are perfect for the kids’ lunchbox or big kids’ smoko box.
These granola bars are perfect for the kids’ lunchbox or big kids’ smoko box. Contributed

THE little and big kids are back to school and work now. It's back to the routine and time to jump back in the kitchen and prepare some delicious home-made snacks for their lunch boxes.

There's nothing better than home-made goodies in your lunch box. We always remember back at school, opening the lid of our lunch boxes and seeing a nice little surprise in there.

The added bonus here is you know exactly what is in these tasty little morsels.

This week we have included our scrumptious granola bar recipe. Cut them into bars or squares and they are so much better than muesli bars - they are tasty, chewy and fill the house up with a smell of delightfulness.

I am sure this will be a recipe you will create every week. It's pretty simple to change it up by swapping just a few ingredients. We hope you enjoy them.

Granola bar

INGREDIENTS:

  •  4 cups of oats 
  •  1 cup of caster sugar 
  •  1 tsp salt 
  •  1 tsp ground cinnamon 
  •  6 cups of dried fruit - dried cranberries, dates, sultanas we love to use 
  •   2/3 cup of peanut butter 
  •  1 cup coconut 
  •  2 tsp vanilla paste 
  •  240g melted butter 
  •  1 cup of honey 
  •  2 tbs of water.

METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line and oil a large flat slice tray.

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

Combine water, vanilla, melted butter and honey in another bowl.

Add the wet to the dry, then add peanut butter and combine well with a wooden spoon.

Pour into tray and press down firmly, spreading all over the tray and ensuring it is even.

Bake for 30-35mins until browned edges.

Remove from oven and allow cool in the tray.

Lift out and then slice into bars or squares.

Store in an air tight container.

Dan and Steph Mulheron won My Kitchen Rules in 2013. Visit http://www.danandsteph.com.au or find them on Facebook - Dan & Steph - My Kitchen Rules and Instagram - danandsteph13.

Topics:  back to school


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