This recipe is an absolute favourite in our house – and I guarantee anyone that tries it will love it too. It is quick and easy to make and very healthy. The bars are suitable for older babies and toddlers (Miss H was eating this from around one year), just be careful with the size of any nuts you include. You may want to process them before so they aren’t a choking hazard. And naturally be aware of any allergies.
The bars make a great quick breakfast if you are in a rush, or healthy snacks for the whole family.
The recipe is inspired by Supercharged Foods Lee Holmes, for the non-thermomix instructions please see here (this version is slightly different to below and from the Supercharged Foods for Kids book, but just as yum!).
- 50g butter
- 80g Pureharvest rice malt syrup
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract (alcohol free)
- 110g Almond Meal (try it in your thermie!)
- ¼ tsp celtic sea salt
- ¼ tsp baking soda (bi-carb)
- 40g coconut flakes
- 160g nuts and seeds of your choice (see below)
- 20g dried blueberries or goji berries (for fructose free please omit)
- Line a baking tray with paper (add overhang to help press mixture down).
- Preheat oven to 175 °C.
- Place butter in bowl and melt – 100 °C, spd 3, 1.0 min (longer for chilled butter).
- Add rice malt syrup and vanilla extract. Mix spd 3, 5 secs.
- Add all other ingredients. Mix spd 3, 15 secs.
- Make sure the ingredients at the bottom are mixed through (scrape with spatula if necessary). Pour into tray and use the overhang of the baking paper to press down.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until browned.
- Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Once cool, cut into slices.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
My favourite combination of the nuts and seeds portion is some chopped cashews, pepitas, sunflower seeds and chia seeds (a small amount of chia, if you include a larger amount you will need to adjust the recipe as they absorb a lot of moisture).
You can use desiccated coconut if that’s all you have.
The longer it is cooked, the crunchier it becomes. So that step may be personal preference.
To help the environment, try to use unbleached baking paper :-)
Instead of almond meal, use LSA, Hazelnut meal or a combination.
Add cacao nibs (20g) for a healthy chocolate hit