Muesli bars are a popular kids (and adults) snack as they are convenient and tasty! However most store-bought muesli bars are loaded full of sugar and other unnecessary ingredients that we just don't need to be eating on a daily basis.
Here is a super easy, nutritious and yummy recipe for homemade muesli bars without all the sugar! They are great to take to work for an afternoon snack, or pop one into the kids lunch boxes for a tasty morning tea.
Healthy Muesli Bars
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup of natural peanut butter (or any nut butter you prefer)
- 3 Tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of cashews, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
- 1 cup of oats (substitute these for extra nuts/seeds for paleo bars)
- 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup raisins
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tin with baking paper.
- Blend the banana, peanut butter, coconut oil and vanilla until smooth. Alternatively you can mash the banana and whisk everything together.
- Tip into a large bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. If your mixture doesn't hold together then add additional coconut oil.
- Tip the raw muesli bar mixture into a lined tin and press firmly.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Take the slice out of the tin and cut it into bars. Place the bars back in the oven for a further 10 minutes to allow the edges of each bar to crisp up. Turn the oven off and leave the bars in there to cool down, this will further help them to dry out and crisp up.
Makes 10 large bars or 20 smaller bars.
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