Rusk or muesli bar anyone?

…we’re not sure if these are rusks or muesli bars, but either way they’re delicious!

I’m a fan of making my own when I can, and I’ve been looking at a few recipes for some on-the-go snacks. I came across some rusk recipes that are obviously also great for teething, not just snacking, but I never found one that was quite flavoursome enough for us. Grub never seemed to like them anyway. So I thought I would experiment and I ended up with something that’s in between a rusk and a muesli bar – so great for all ages and stages!

These are great for on the go as they can sit in your hand bag in a snap-lock for a few days – they’ve certainly saved us from those moments where we don’t quite make it in between meals and it’s almost melt-down stage. I also found that these were great for when he needed to have something in his hands to keep him occupied while I fed him!

I’ve got two options here, one uses prunes and cardamom and the other uses some dates and cinnamon. In both instances, you can use either quinoa flakes or rolled oats as the base. You could also add in 1 tbsp of cacao powder for that extra bit of “chocolatey” goodness. However, I wouldn’t recommend that for younger babies if you’re trying to steer clear of sweet things – the banana and dates or prunes are enough!

Whichever ingredients you choose, they will both harden once cooled, so if you like a gooey centre, cook them a little less than the time recommended below. These can also be made ahead of time and frozen.

PRUNES AND CARDAMOM

  • 2 cups of quinoa flakes or rolled oats
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 12 prunes, soaked in boiling water for 10 mins
  • ¼ tsp cardamom spice
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

DATES, CINNAMON & VANILLA

  • 2 cups of quinoa flakes or rolled oats
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 12 dates, soaked in boiling water for 10 mins
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Method

  • Put the quinoa flakes or oats in to a food processor and whizz around until a finer flour forms
  • Add the remaining ingredients and blend again until the mixture forms in to more of a dough
  • The dough should be quite tacky and easily formed in to balls. If it’s too sticky, add a little flour (any kind) and if it’s too dry then add a bit more coconut oil
  • Divide the dough into 12 dough balls and then using your hands, flatten down and shape into an oblong with rounded edges – they should be about 10cms long, or long enough for your bub to hold them.
  • Place evenly on a baking tray lined with baking paper, making sure they aren’t touching.
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees and then turn over and bake for another 5 – 10 minutes until they’re quite golden
  • Allow to cool completely before either storing in an airtight container in the fridge or freezing

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