Muesli bars, granola bars, whatever you call them bars. They are the ultimate snacking item for those always on the go and always hungry (ie me). But have you ever bothered to look through the ingredient list on these bad boys in the supermarket? Yuck.
Now, I’m not afraid of sugar. You may have noticed I feature it quite heavily in my desserts. But when I am not stuffing my face full of cake, I’m eating quite healthy (otherwise I’d be the size of a house!) and try and avoid unnecessary sugar in my day-to-day life.
I find store-bought muesli bars are sickly sweet, surprisingly high in calories and feature a lot of suspicious looking “ingredients”, such as preservatives, fake flavourings and sweeteners. So I decided to make my own. I present to you – Crap Free Muesli Bars!
- 1½ cups rolled oats (use quinoa flakes for a gluten free option)
- ⅓ cup activated sunflower seeds
- ⅓ cup activated pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- 2 tbp chia seeds
- ⅓ cup coconut flakes
- ¼ cup chopped raw cashews (or nut of your choice)
- ½ cup rice malt syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup boiling water
- Generous pinch of sea salt
- Preheat oven to 170°C and line a 20cm square tin with baking paper.
- Place dry ingredients into a medium bowl.
- In a microwavable container, melt the rice malt syrup and coconut oil together (I recommend 1 minute on medium high).
- Pour the liquid mixture onto the dry and mix well.
- Add in the boiling water and pinch of salt and stir until the ingredients are evenly combined.
- Pour the mixture into the lined tray and smooth out with the back of a spatula.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let it cool on a rack for 10 minutes, before removing it and cutting into 12 bars.
- Store in an airtight container. I like to pop a few in a ziplock bag and freeze for later!
Despite these being “healthy” I actually think they taste damn fine, better than any bar I’ve ever bought from the shops!
And if you’re looking for another healthy snack recipe, my Raw Cashew and Coconut Protein Balls are actually one of the most popular recipes on my blog.
Have you ever made your own muesli bars before?