Going plastic free can be tricky business when you love snacks as much as I do. At the supermarket, most snacks are individually wrapped in plastic, and then in cardboard, causing a large amount of unnecessary waste.
Twix-style bars, frozen Snickers bars, muesli bars and nut bars are quite easy to recreate in the kitchen, and can save unnecessary plastic waste. These sesame nut bar snacks are a great snack for school or for work and are packed full of protein, vitamins and minerals.
1 ½ cup assorted unsalted nuts or trail mix
½ cup oat bran
½ cup desiccated coconut
¼ cup sesame seeds
¼ cup oats
½ teaspoon vanilla bean extract
½ cup honey
2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius and line a 20cm x 20cm baking tray with aluminium foil.
- Place nuts on baking tray and bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Transport nuts to a large bowl, add remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
- Place coconut oil, honey and vanilla bean extract in a small pot over medium/high heat.
- Bring to the boil then simmer until mixture reaches soft ball stage (soft ball stage refers to the stage at which the mixture has solidified to a soft toffee. This can be tested by dropping a small spoonful of the mixture in a bowl of cold water. Once you can roll the mixture into a ball between your fingertips, it is ready.
- Remove from heat and add to dry ingredients.
- Mix until well combined
- Pour mixture into baking tray and press down firmly with a spatula or the palm of your hand.
- Place in the fridge to set. This should take about 15 minutes.
- Once set, remove from fridge and slice into snack sized rectangles.
When ready these snacks can be preserved by being wrapped in aluminium foil and stored in the fridge.
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