Need an energy boost at work or a snack for the kids? Take a couple of these bars wrapped in foil to keep you going.
- Makes 10
- Prep: 20 minutes
- Cook: 25-30 minutes
- 150g (5oz) blueberries
- 1 level tablespoon cornflour
- 75g (3oz) mixed sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds
- 175g (6oz) porridge oats
- 150g (5oz) block margarine or butter
- 75g (3oz) light muscovado sugar
- 2 level tablespoons golden syrup
- 75g (3oz) wholemeal plain flour
- Preheat the oven to 180oC (350oF), Gas Mark 4. Lightly brush the base and sides of a shallow 20cm (8inch) cake tin and line the base with a square of non-stick baking paper the same size.
- Put the blueberries in a bowl, sprinkle over the cornflour and gently mix with a spoon until the blueberries are evenly coated.
- Add the seeds to a plastic bag, seal the end of the bag then bash with a rolling pin until the larger seeds are crushed. (Or leave them whole if you’d rather). Scoop out 3 tablespoons and put into a bowl with 3 tablespoons of the oats and save for the topping.
- Add the margarine or butter, the sugar and the golden syrup to a saucepan and cook over a low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon until the margarine or butter has melted.
- Take the saucepan off the heat. Tip the seeds from the plastic bag and the rest of the oats into the pan along with the flour and mix together well.
- Spoon about two thirds of the oat mixture into the paper lined tin and spread flat with a round bladed knife. Sprinkle the blueberries on top then dot small spoonfuls of the rest of the oat mix on top to make an even layer with a few of the blueberries still showing. Sprinkle with the saved seeds and oats.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden brown. Take out of the oven with oven gloves, put on to a wire rack. Press the top down gently with a fish slice then leave to cool in the tin.
- Loosen the edge of the muesli bars, take out of the tin, peel off the lining paper then cut into 10 bars. Eat some now and put the rest in a plastic container, or wrap individually in foil or clingfilm, keep in the fridge overnight then add to your lunchbox next morning.
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