So I made these to see if our little boy was into them. Prunes are basically half the sugar of dates and thats always a good thing! He loves the Tasti Made Simple Bars which are great, convenient and made from only 4 ingredients. I usually give him no more than 1/4 of the bar occasionally (he’s 10months old). I think he prefers mine as they weren’t as chewy as the Tasti ones.

I was hoping to weigh the end mixture to compare prices but my scale batteries died, duh. So I compared the size of the store brought bars and reckon I have at least 16 serves (compared to 5 bars in the box). Cost effective for sure, but thats not always the reason we buy store brought things. Cant make everything from scratch, lets get real!

1 Tasti bar contains 14.4g ( 3.5 teaspoons) vs recipe below 4.6g (1.5 teaspoons). The calculations are right, but this is going off my judgement of about 16 bars.

These aren’t very sweet at all, but thats the point.

Note: You might be thinking, but isn’t the sugar from dried fruit so it doesn’t matter? Dried fruit in a recipe is better than a Tim Tam for example, because real ingredients. But it still counts towards added sugars over the day. For a sweet lunch box sweet treat, personally I would use no more than a Tasti bar as a treat and thats all. Sugars start climbing when you throw in sweetened yogurts, other bickies and juices etc.

In fact, I did some maths last night and a lunch box containing a: Fresh n Fruity berry yogurt, small packet of choc chip tiny teddies, fruitsies bar, Le snack and a charlies apple & blackcurrant juice pouch contained almost 11 teaspoons of sugar. I’m working on a post to provide some healthier options for kids favourite lunch snacks.

Homemade Tasti BarsĀ 

Ingredients: makes about 16 bars.

  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup prunes
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil – add more if mixture too dry

Method:

  1. Blend all the dry ingredients together until fine.
  2. Pour some boiling water (approx 1/4 cup) over prunes to soften. Add prunes and water the dry mix with softened coconut oil.
  3. Blend again and get your hands in there (not in the blender!) to further mix through evenly if blender not doing the trick.
  4. Press mixture into a square baking tray to desired thickness and pop in fridge or freezer to cool.