Faced with an empty pantry and no energy left to do the grocery shopping (I'll do it tomorrow..sigh) I decided to try making my own and found a recipe online that looked easy enough. Guess what? It was! So easy in fact that I wonder why we buy them as a convenience food. I have been making slices for years and they are just another slice cut into long narrow bar shapes.
The recipe I found didn't quite suit the ingredients I had left in the pantry and I also wanted to make sure I didn't have any nuts in them as our school is a nut free zone. I wanted to add some white chocolate and leave out the caster sugar, so below is my considerably altered recipe.
Chewy Cranberry and White Chocolate Muesli Bars
(Makes 8 bars)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 75g butter
- 2 cups raw muesli
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruits)
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- Extra melted white chocolate for decorating.
|I didn't end up using the cinnamon and added white chocolate instead|
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a square cake tin with non-stick baking paper.
- Place the muesli, cranberries and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Pour in the honey mixture and stir until well combined and the muesli mixture is evenly coated.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden and set. Remove, set aside to cool completely then slice into bars. Drizzle with melted white chocolate and serve.
THEN DISASTER STRUCK!!
|Sticky toasted muesli mess!|
This is what I ended up with, a pile of muesli bar mix that wouldn't come out of the well greased and paper lined pan. I was reluctant to throw it away and it tasted really good so putting my thinking cap on I decided to make Muesli Balls. Who said they had to be straight flat little strips anyway?
|Remodeled Muesli Bars now Muesli Balls|
What would you have done? Do you throw away cooking disasters or come up with creative ways to save things?
A side note - they were rather sweet so I think you could reduce the amount of honey by about a third.