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coconut cherry chunk granola bars

February 27, 2012

“Let’s go camping!” he said, soaking in the glorious sunshine of late October.

“Sure!” said I (still optimistic about the Summer that was to come).

“Maybe you can bring some snacks? And then write about them on your blog?” he replied, imagining a trip devoid of instant rice and tinned tuna.

“Well, I’ve always wanted to make my own muesli bars…”

And then Summer came, with its wet, wild and windy days and its damp, humid nights.

We went camping (oh yes we did!) but only once instead of the every-other-weekend originally envisaged.

(And on that occasion, we ate Indian for dinner, a platter of bacon and eggs at a cafe for breakfast and a larger than life pie for lunch after ditching said camping ground each and every meal time in favour of a cooked meal).

I discovered, some months later, that my planned snack menu probably wouldn’t have gone down particularly well in any case as the aforementioned boy has (save for our common love of all things fried potato) a vastly different taste in snacks to mine.

Case in point: his aversion to popcorn. And to cake. And to muesli bars. Hmm.

Snack aversions notwithstanding, he ate one of these fairly happily on a Saturday morning past.

As did the Bean, Mr Shepperdoo and my muesli bar ambivalent mother who, on hearing my (spoken-aloud-to-myself) confusion as to the sudden depletion of stocks admitted to pinching a bit off one every time she walked past.

These are a chewy muesli bar (or as the say in the ‘states, “granola bar”) – chewy oats, chewy dried cherries and chewy toasted coconut. A cherry ripe in a museli bar, if you will, but with more heft and less guilt. Sort of.

They’re best stored in the fridge, but I think they’d make a good camping snack regardless. If we ever make it back out there, that is.

(ps: what do you bring for eating on a camping trip? I’m not sure Indian and pies will cut it the next time around.)

coconut cherry chunk granola bars

makes 10 or so muesli bars measuring about 4cm x 12cm

you will need:

125g butter
1/2C brown sugar
1 tbsp golden syrup
2tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 C coconut flakes
200g rolled oats
1/2 C dried cherries
2tbsp chocolate chips

how to do it:

1. Place the butter, brown sugar, golden syrup and cocoa powder in a large pot or saucepan. Heat, stirring every now and then, until it is all melted together and brown and liquid.

2. Place the coconut flakes in a saucepan. Heat, stirring from time to time, over a low heat. You will start to smell the coconut – it will be slightly nutty. When the coconut resembles a mixture of light brown and golden flakes, pull it off the heat.

3. Tip the cocount, oats, cherries and chocolate chips into the golden brown liquid and stir thoroughly. You want all of the ingredients to be covered in the liquid.

4. Line a 25cm x 25cm square tin (or similarly proportioned tin) with baking paper, making sure the paper travels up the sides. Pour the mixture in and press it down so that it is nice and compact. Bake in a 220C oven for 12-15 minutes.

5. Let the bars cool in the tin. When they are still warm, but cool enough to touch, chop them into bars before letting them cool completely. I drizzled some melted white chocolate over the top after trying to take photos of them and realising they looked a lot like bit logs of poo. This step isn’t strictly necessary. Also, they taste pretty good and not at all like poo.


  • #1
    February 27th, 2012

    I have lots of trouble finding dried cherries. These look might delicious to me though, my type of snack! We did some camping too :)

  • February 27th, 2012

    Ahh! I should have mentioned that I got the cherries from Costco :) It was a 500g bag for a little under $7.00 there.

  • #2
    February 27th, 2012

    I just love your food styling in these pics, it’s very Donna Hay, and in a good way. And nice to know these lovely bars taste as good as they look, too.

  • #3
    February 28th, 2012

    Gorgeous muesli bars, I want to reach into the screen and grab one :D I might try these with some dried blueberries I have on hand.

  • #4
    February 28th, 2012

    i love coconut. i love cherry. these are perfect!

  • #5
    February 28th, 2012

    Yummy! These bars look perfect!

  • #6
    February 28th, 2012

    I think it is great you guys were resourceful enough to go and seek out your meals away from the campsite. Who wants to wash up at a campsite?!
    Love these bars, I want to make them to bring to work for a snack :)

  • #7
    February 28th, 2012

    I’ve always wantd to make my own muesli bars too, and yours look and sound delicious! Love the flavours and the photos. GORGEOUS!

  • #8
    February 28th, 2012

    OOOh, I must save this! I for the first time this weekend made granola and excited about stepping it up. So this will go to the must try file. Thanks!

  • #9
    February 28th, 2012

    Chocolate, cherries and coconut are such a fantastic combo, love the sound of these bars.

    What to take camping? I think it depends on what type of camping you are doing. Is it hike with pack, carry only what you need? Then these bars would be perfect. I always carry emergency muesli bars with me :) Hmm and cup a soups, I think you need to work on a gourmet alternative for those next Shez ;p

  • #10
    February 29th, 2012

    I love me a good granola bar, and you made it look so simple to make! This will make such good snack foods for work or road trips, or in your case, camping :)

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    August 30th, 2012

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