Muesli Bars are a quick and easy solution to the “I’m hungries” for little and big people at pretty much any time of the day. But store-bought ones can be expensive, are individually wrapped (not very eco-friendly!) and are full of sugar and additives and not a whole lot of goodness. Enter my Chewy Fruit & Seed Slice (aka homemade muesli bars) a healthy alternative that you can easily make in half an hour and have a weeks worth of snack bars on hand that you don’t feel guilty about.
Please note – the half an hour time frame does not include the cleaning up time if you decide to let the kids help you, or the countless potty training stops. Further to that, the ingredients list below does not allow extra for little fingers taste testing, though the recipe is fairly flexible. And I don’t really need to say it (do I?) but don’t let the kids near the hot stuff.
Chewy Fruit & Seed Slice
(aka fancy for Muesli Bar)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
½ cup of honey (you can use syrup or some brown sugar)
½ cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
30g wholemeal flour (or plain works too)
30g ground almonds
½ teaspoon mixed spice
200g quick cooking oats
1 cup soft brown sugar (I didn’t hard pack this)
40g desiccated coconut
80g mixed seeds (I like pepitas and sunflower kernels)
80g sultanas (or raisins)
You could add chia seeds or mixed citrus peel, any type of dried fruit really. For a treat you could mix in some choc bits or press sprinkles over the top after baking and push in with a spoon so they stick.
- Preheat your oven to 160C and prepare and line your baking tin
- Melt your butter, coconut oil and honey in a saucepan over low heat until melted. Remove from the heat and stir in your peanut butter and vanilla.
- Mix together your remaining ingredients, or like me, have your kids mix it while you do the hot bit.
- Make a well in the centre of your dry ingredients and pour in your butter mixture. Stir with a metal spoon until combined.
- Press evenly into your baking tin and bake for 20 minutes or until golden and firm.
- Cool in the tin then cut into desired shape. This stores in an airtight container for 5 days.
Do you make your own muesli bars or do you buy them? To be honest, we do a mix of both.Love it. Follow me. . .