Sunshine bars

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(25 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Plus 2 hours setting time


Cuts into 18 bars

The solution for any picnic or open air event – a no-bake bar packed with good stuff

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal190
  • fat11g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre2g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.26g


  • 100g dried ready-to-eat tropical medley or other mixed dried fruits
  • 100g porridge oats
  • 50g puffed rice cereal, such as Rice Krispies
  • 85g desiccated coconut
  • 50g blanched hazelnuts or shelled peanuts or other nuts
  • 50g sunflower, sesame or pumpkin seeds
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 125ml golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a translucent, golden-amber coloured, sweet syrup, which can only be produced…

  • 100g butter, chopped up



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…


  1. Chop the tropical medley into pieces using kitchen scissors. Tip the oats, cereal, coconut and fruit into a large bowl and mix well, using a wooden spoon or clean hands. Put the hazelnuts and sunflower, sesame or pumpkin seeds in a frying pan with no oil and, over a moderate heat, stir until they are lightly toasted. Leave to cool a little then tip into the bowl and mix.

  2. Put the sugar, syrup and butter in a small pan and heat gently, stirring with a wooden spoon until melted, then simmer for 2 minutes until slightly thicker and syrupy.

  3. Quickly stir the syrup into the dry mix, stirring until it all starts to bind and there are no dry patches.

  4. Quickly tip into a 20cm square tin and press down with the back of a spoon to even out the surface. Leave to cool and set – about 2 hours. Cut the mixture into 6 one way and 3 the other to make 18 bars. Store in a tin, or wrapped tightly in foil for up to a week.

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31st Oct, 2010
Forgot that I had made these almost two years ago. Anyway, made them again but only half the batch this time. Put them into paper lined bun cases and pressed the mixture down lightly. Made 12 out of half the mix. No problem with crumbling and much easier to handle. Four stars this time.
3rd Jul, 2010
These are absolutely delicious! I put more fruit & seeds in and used cornflakes instead of rice crispies as that's what was in the cupboard; cornflakes work so well that I couldn't imagine it with crispies. I keep mine in the fridge, which keeps them a little firmer.
16th Jun, 2010
Having read the comments about the mixture being a little crumbly I made a change to the toffee sauce that binds everything togther. I upped the golden syrup to 150g and boiled the mixture for 5 minutes. Perfect! I think these bars would benefit from more fruit. I used a mixture of dried apricots, raisins and dried cranberries. The bars were delicious. I will definitely make it again.
1st Jun, 2010
tried these for the first time on sunday and they turned out perfect - was super easy to make and no oven required!! best of all everybody loved them and finished them off pretty quickly!! was so inspired i made up a chocolate version which was good but not as good as the original fruit mix.... love teh rice krispies in this recipe!
15th May, 2010
Once the mix is in the tin, press down with a potato masher to firm it. This makes it easy to cut later.
20th Oct, 2009
I love this recipe. I put in whatever dried fruit I have and leave out the nuts. The first time I made this it crumbled, so I simmered the syrup mix for longer the next time which worked a treat.
12th Aug, 2009
Easy to make - I made these with a group of parents and year 1 kids during our Healthy Eating session. Both parents and kids loved them and they stored well in container in fridge. Great non-cook recipe.
30th Mar, 2009
These are so easy to make! Mine didn't crumble at all, I cut them into bars just before they set. They are so tasty, I had to stop myself from eating them all. I made them over a week ago, and I have stored them in an air tight container and they are still good to eat, my husband took some to work this morning. I am going to try making them with honey next time. Brilliant recipe!
24th Feb, 2009
Had same problem as majority of others - although they were sticky they crumbled!!!!!!!!!!!!! Children enjoyed them though and we will make them again - maybe try the slight baking and overnight in the fridge idea.
16th Feb, 2009
Tastes very nice and so easy to make. However next time I will reduce syrup as it is a bit too sweet for us - maybe will try someone's suggestion using honey instead. :-)


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