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 Jan, 2009
I have made these several times but like some other cocomments they are crumbly is it best to reduce the syrup or butter. They are delicious though even eaten with a teaspoon.
29th Dec, 2008
followed recipe came out sticky and crumbly ,tried again and put it in the microwave ful power for three minuets pressed it down and left over night came out perfect just like the picture .hope this helps ,this is how i will do mine in future
18th Dec, 2008
Nice taste but too sticky. Might have preferred to cook them for a bit just to remove the raw consistence. Having said all that we will still eat them all............!!
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24th Sep, 2008
delish - I changed the recipe around as I don't like coconut ans substituted honey for syrup. Really tasty and will definitely make again.
25th Jun, 2008
I love the taste I get from these, I've made them twice, but they don't stick together. Any tips?
22nd May, 2008
This really didn't stay together and crumbled as soon as I attempted to cut it - possibly my fault. However, not to be put off, my husband and children ate it for breakfast with milk poured over like a cereal, and they thoroughly enjoyed it - a great start to the day too. They've requested that I make the same again so I imagine if it does work it would be lovely.........
24th Apr, 2008
So good and so easy, these will become a regular in our house.
10th Mar, 2008
this is a great recipe for the kids to eat. A healthy energy boost that is so much better than any of the shop brought ones. i did not have rice crispies so i used cornflakes and it worked out great. This recipe also stays together unlike so many flapjack ones i have tried. word of warning once you have started to eat it you won"t want to stop.....
28th Jan, 2008
hi i made this it was so good,am making it again .i put mine in the oven for 5 mins until it was golden on top it was great
5th Jan, 2008
My Husband doesnt have chance for Breakfast and after cycling to work is hungry. So I make these bars and cut them into 10 portions, put them in grease proof paper then foil, its enough for 2 weeks. Easy to make, they keep well and you know whats in them. They also work out much cheaper than shop bought bars.


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