Because I love to bake, you won’t often find me picking up sweet treats from a delicious bakery or stopping in at my local for a little something yummy. That’s mostly because I know I can make most things myself and ultimately, for a fraction of the price.
There is one slice of goodness however, that I can not resist and when the mood strikes, I will drive out of my way to pass this particular establishment to pick up a piece. Reasonably priced at $3 for a hefty-hunk-of-yummy, the Muesli Slice from Greenwoods Kitchen (on Greenwoods Corner in Auckland) is one of my absolute favourites. It’s a recipe they have remained true to for years – seriously, I’ve been frequenting this place for over ten years now – and even when it changed owners a few years back, I was beyond excited to discover they retained this item on their menu.
Anyway, as with anything ‘muesli’, I like to tell myself I am making a somewhat healthy choice. I mean I realise it’s actually not, but it’s gotta be better for me than a donut or chocolate brownie or big fat cupcake with ganache right? I know, yes, it contains sugar, and butter and honey, but also it has nuts and grains and seeds and those things most certainly balance it out right? (these are the things I tell myself to justify my love of the Muesli Slice!)
Over the years, I have tried many, many different recipes in my quest to recreate this amazing slice at home and always failed dismally. I have even contemplated begging for the recipe from the staff at Greenwoods Kitchen, though am pleased to report that I haven’t yet stooped that low.
And perhaps it’s just as well … because I have finally found a recipe that is pretty close. It is not an exact replica, mostly because I suspect the version I adore so much contains a much higher ratio of butter and honey to this recipe, but with a little adaptation from the original, the result of this recipe is coming in a close second. I played around with the basic recipe to bring me a result which is perfectly nutty, containing just the right amount of dried fruit for my liking and the generous sprinkling of sesame seeds is my own addition to recreate that Greenwoods Kitchen magic.
Are you a Muesli Slice fan? Give this one a go and let me know what you think.
- 100g butter
- 1/2 C brown sugar
- 1/4 C honey
- 1 Weet-Bix, crushed
- 1/2 C sultanas
- 1/4 C dried apricots, roughly chopped
- 1/4 C dried cranberries
- 1/4 C whole almonds, roughly chopped
- 1/4 C blanched peanuts
- 1 C rolled or wholegrain oats (I use wholegrain)
- 1/2 Cself-raising flour
- 3-4 T sesame seeds for sprinkling over the top
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease and line a 27 x 18 cm slice tin.
- Melt butter, brown sugar and honey in a small saucepan.
- Mix Weet-Bix, dried fruits & nuts, oats and flour in a bowl.
- Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well to completely combine.
- Press the mixture into the tin, pressing with the back of a metal spoon. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the top and press down to adhere.
- Bake for 20 minutes until golden and firm.
- Cool completely before cutting into squares or long fingers, depending on your preference.
- Where I ordinarily cut slices into squares, I do this one into longer fingers simply because that is how is it served at Greenwoods Kitchen. 🙂
- I have adapted this recipe from the original which called for pumpkin and sunflower seeds in place of the nuts. Play around with the ratios and add dried fruit, nuts and seeds of your choice. I also make with linseed, dates, sliced crystallised ginger, walnuts - and so the list of variations goes on.