Sunday, 27 February 2011

Recipe for a healthy snack

I am always on the look out for different snack ideas that are healthy, quick and easy to just pop in your bag on the way out the door. I recently came across this recipe in my Women's Weekly - The Happy Baby Cookbook. As well as loving the end result, Miss Ej was a great help in the kitchen as chief taste tester. So we thought we would share this recipe with you.

Muesli Squares

125g butter
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup finely chopped dried apples
1/2 cup sultanas
1/2 cup self-raising flour

1. Preheat oven to 180'c/160'c fan-forced. Grease and line 20cm x 30xm lamington pan.
2. Stir butter, sugar and honey in large saucepan over medium heat, without boiling, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; stir in remaining ingredients. Press mixture into pan.
3. Bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan; cut into squares to serve.

You can easily change the dried fruit to suit your toddlers taste as we added dried cranberries to the mix. Muesli squares are delicious as is for a quick snack or can be broken into pieces and stirred through some yummy vanilla yoghurt!

The Women's Weekly - Happy Baby Cookbook was given to me as a gift from my mum and it has become a firm favourite in my kitchen! "When you're a first time parent your naturally nervous and unsure about what to feed your precious little bundle of joy. Should you choose breast or bottle? When should you start introducing solid food? When can baby start eating with the family? Is there such a thing as a healthy snack? This delightful book helps answer these questions and is jammed full of recipes for first foods, puddings and lunchboxes, as well as allergy-friendly and party food. There's also a big chapter on family food with useful information on how to cook delicious meals for the whole family"

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