A slice for ordinary and extraordinary time

breastfeeding bars ingredients

After Ignatius was born last September, during the early days cocooning inside as a new family, we were overwhelmed with gifts of food and homemade meals.  Among the generous friends, neighbors, acquaintances and family, 2 lovely friends dropped in for cuddles and brought with them this delicious slice (and recipe) – aptly named Breast Feeding Bars. The recipe came via a sister in Australia and was well loved by all. While I certainly enjoyed a piece or two (or three) in those early breast feeding days, nestled on my yellow feeding chair with a cup of tea in front of Downton Abbey, this slice certainly shouldn’t be limited to those of us who are lactating. I made a fresh batch soon after the first lot was gobbled up and Josh took some along to an early-morning men’s small group where it was decided the title Mechanic’s Friend might make these little treats more palatable to all present.

Muesli Slice/ Breast Feeding Bars /Mechanic’s Friend

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup coconut (shredded or flakes)
1/2 cup wheatgerm
1/2 cup sunflower kernels
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 cup sultanas (raisins)
1/2 cup honey
125g butter
1/3 cup brown sugar
Roast dry ingredients (except for sultanas) in a frying pan over medium heat, stirring for 8-10min or until golden. (Be careful as I found it quite easy to burn the sesame seeds!)
Stir sultanas through.
Meanwhile, on the stove in another pot, bring honey, butter and brown sugar to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer without stirring for 10 mins.
Mix caramel through dry ingredients.
Press into a greased tray (11 x 8 inches) and allow to cool.
Store in fridge for firm bars. Easy peasy.


  • I can’t see why these wouldn’t work with the addition of other nuts (I’ve tried almonds) or seeds so long as the ratio of dry ingredients to caramel was kept the same.
  • For a Gluten Free option wheatgerm can be replaced with psyllium husks (or other, perhaps LSA) and oats with quinoa flakes- I have tried this and it works just fine.
  • Another friend Lisa said that she added a little chunky Himalayan rock salt to the dry ingredients for a lovely saltiness with the sweet. I must try this next time.

Confession: nothing overtly spiritual or any great hidden meaning or truths to this post. Is this allowed? Everything is sacred!? 😉 Ordinary recipes for ordinary time?

yellow chair


One thought on “A slice for ordinary and extraordinary time

  1. I could see how the original recipe title could inhibit the bars’ reception! Still, timely for me, and hoping to try it when my own babe comes.

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