Apricot and molasses muesli slice

Apricot and molasses muesli slice: perfect for the lunchbox.
Apricot and molasses muesli slice: perfect for the lunchbox. Photo: Marcel Aucar

As a parent to school-aged children, the challenge is on in the morning to keep lunch interesting and healthy. The apricot and molasses in these muesli bars make them so delicious and I think they are quite healthy as well. Just don't tell your kids.


115g plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

85g rolled oats

55g sultanas

55g dried apricots, sliced

55g dessicated coconut

140g butter

115g sugar

1 tbsp molasses


Preheat the oven to 180c. Grease a 23-centimetre-square baking tray.

Place flour, bicarb soda, oats, sultanas, apricots and coconut in a bowl and stir to mix.

Place butter, sugar and molasses in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring until melted and blended.

Pour into dry ingredients and stir well until combined.

Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and press down evenly. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, and then cool slightly before cutting into 12 bars.

Loosen the edges of the bars, then leave to cool completely in the tin.

Remove from the tin and store in an airtight container.