I made these lovely homemade granola bars with mango and goji berries a few days ago with Harry. I decided it was a ‘toddler appropriate’ activity – this ended up with me frantically trying to mix the ingredients together while Harry grabbed handfuls of it and stuffed it in his mouth! At least he liked it!
I was kindly sent a selection of dried fruit recently from Forest Feast so that was another reason to try out making these bars. I decided mango and goji berry sounded like a good combination and along with the toasted sunflower seeds, they tasted really good.
Ingredients (makes approx 16 small bars)
- 75g butter plus extra for greasing
- 200g porridge oats
- 50g sunflower seeds
- 5 tbsp honey
- 50g light muscovado sugar
- 50g dried mango, diced
- 50 dried goji berries, chopped
- Roast the oats, and sunflower seeds in the oven for 10 minutes, at approx 150 degrees Celsius.
- Slowly warm the butter, honey and sugar in a saucepan, stirring until melted and combined.
- In a large bowl add all of the ingredients and mix together until all the oats are well coated. Tip into a large tin or dish, and press down to flatten.
- Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, then cut into bars.
These toddler friendly bars may not be the healthiest in the world due to the addition of some butter and sugar, but they taste great and still contain plenty of lovely healthy ingredients. You could swap the butter for peanut or almond butter to make them healthier, but this was a no go for us as Harry has a nut allergy. They keep really well in the fridge and are handy snacks at any time of the day.