Walter loves these muesli bars. I keep them in a large airtight jar on the window seal of the kitchen. He knows exactly where they are and several times a day walks over and points at them and says, “ah, ah, ah” which is his version of “moooommmm, I want some muesli bars now or I might keel over and pass out right now from lack of muesli bars.” While the bars aren’t exactly bad for him, they are densely caloric so him eating lots of them is probably not such a good idea. I am trying to instill good eating habits in him, but sometimes it is a bit of a challenge! So he is limited to a bar or two (I cut them up small) at afternoon snack and occasionally dad let’s him have one for breakfast on the car ride to yoga in the mornings. I found the recipe in the May Yoga Journal and made a couple of tweaks to it.
Muesli Breakfast Bars
2 ½ c. rolled oats
¼ c. whole wheat flour
¼ c. ground flaxseed
½ c. dry milk
½ c. wheat germ
½ c. chopped, toasted walnuts*
1 c. raisins
½ c. honey
½ c. agave
½ c. natural salted peanut butter
1 T. olive oil
Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a 9-by-13 baking pan with parchment paper and make sure the paper comes up the sides too so that you can literally lift the bars out once they are cool in order to cut them.
In the mixer, combine oats, four, flaxseed, dry milk, wheat germ, walnuts and raisins.
In a small saucepan, stir together the honey, agave, peanut butter and olive oil over medium-low heat until it is warm and well blended. Turn on your mixer and pour the warm ingredients into the dry ingredients and let it mix. If you have a mixer, I highly recommend using it as this will be quite hard to stir otherwise.
With lightly oiled hands pat the mixture evenly into the prepared baking pan. Bake for about 20 minutes until the edges begin to brown. Let the bars cool and then cut them up into pieces and store in an airtight container.
*In order to toast your nuts, heat the oven to 350°F. Spread the walnuts out on a baking sheet and cook for about 12 minutes. I usually know they are done by the smell emanating from the oven. You should smell a nice toasty nutty flavor and no burning!