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Most of you may have started spring cleaning, especially those living in the north India. Staying in warm tropical place like Mumbai has its perks – no stashing away of woollens and pulling out the cottons and linens. This exercise at the beginning and end of winters can be quite exhausting not to mention cumbersome. I remember hating this job for all those years that I was in Delhi. But this March I will be busy not just spring cleaning but also getting rid of lots of junk besides giving away pickle jars, jam bottles, lemonade concentrates and getting ready to begin packing to move from Mumbai. Yes, we are likely to relocate our base this April. And trust me things are pretty crazy here at the moment with my daughter busy with her exams and hubby and I trying to streamline, wind up things. Laying heavily on our minds is the big step that we will eventually take. Leaving our comfortable zone and cushy mind space to moving to a new place, is certainly weighing on our minds and making us feel a bit anxious along with excitement.

So, I am also getting rid of all those left over stuff lying in my refrigerator – seeds of all kinds, nuts and white butter that I make in bulk and store in the freezer. All these need to be used gradually so by the time I hit April, my refrigerator is cleared of all stuff. The muesli bars are the result of a part of that effort. Call them kitchen sink bars if you may. I threw in all kinds of seeds that I had. I deliberately chose to avoid nuts. My previous post on health bars had nuts and chocolate in it. This one was a deliberate attempt to avoid nuts of all kinds.

120 grams Butter, at room temperature

2 tbsp Maple Syrup or Golden Syrup (try this homemade version)

3½ tbsp Caster Sugar

Zest of 2 Oranges

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2½ C Muesli

6 tbsp APF (maida)

2 tbsp White Sesame Seeds

2 tbsp Black Sesame Seeds

2½ tbsp Pumpkin Seeds

2½ tbsp Sunflower Seeds

2½ tbsp halved dried Cranberries

50 grams Dark Chocolate Chips

Pre heat the oven at 170 degrees for 10 minutes. Line a 7.5 or 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.

Meanwhile, in a heavy bottom pan, throw in the butter, maple syrup or golden syrup (which ever you are using), caster sugar and orange zest. Heat everything together on low heat and till the sugar has completely dissolved and everything looks combined.

Switch off the heat and add all dry ingredients except chocolate. Mix everything well together. Once the muesli mix is just warm, add the chocolate chips and mix together once again.

Transfer the mix into the prepared pan and using a spatula, press in the mixture evenly. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 – 30 minutes. Allow the mix to cool and then slice it in half through the centre and cut into bars.

Yield: 10

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Try these variations with oats and granola too…

Banana & Strawberry Chewy Flapjacks

Boozy Nuts & Chocolate Oat Bars

Roasted Almonds & Dark Chocolate Oat Cookies

Masala Cookies (Savory Oats Cookies)

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