Chewy Fruit and Nut Muesli Bars

28 Feb

Chewy Fruit & Nut Muesli Bars

This is the next recipe in my Sweet & Healthy series. I used to buy muesli bars all the time, I took them to work and college to snack on in the afternoon, you know when you get that craving for something sweet. The companies that make these spend millions on packaging and marketing to make you believe that they are the healthy alternative and are actually good for you.

So no true.

Chewy Fruit & Nut Muesli Bars

Nearly all of them are packed with sugar and oil or butter so that any goodness you might be getting from the fruit, seeds and nuts is completely irrelevant. You might as well buy a toffee apple with a side order of candy floss.

Fruit & Nut Muesli Bars

Making your own is really quick and easy, you have complete control over what goes in them and you aren’t paying for fake organic looking packaging and advertising campaigns with sunny farms in them. If you don’t like raisins leave them out, prefer hazelnuts to almonds then put them in instead.

Chewy Fruit & Nut Muesli Bars

Chewy Fruit & Nut Muesli Bars Recipe

Makes 8-12 depending how you cut them. Vegan, Gluten-free

  • 1 large very ripe banana
  • 90 g (1 cup) oats (gf)
  • 5 Tbsp grated coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 Tbsp (1/2 cup) flax meal
  • 1 Tbsp honey/agave syrup
  • 4 Tbsp oat milk (or your choice of milk)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 50 g (1/3 cup) raisins
  • 50 g (1/3 cup) sunflower seeds
  • 50 g (1/3 cup) dried cranberries
  • 50 g (1/3 cup) flaked almonds

Preheat the oven to 175C and line a baking sheet with baking paper brushed with a little oil.

Put the chopped banana, oats, coconut, vanilla, flaxmeal, cinnamon and honey in a food processor and pulse together slowly. Add the milk a tablespoon at a time until it comes together. Add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse together again. You can blend it really well or leave some bits chunky.

Tip the mixture out onto the lined baking sheet and shape it into a flat, even square about 1/2 cm thick with a spatula. It takes a bit of time & patience to make it even but they will be easier to cut into squares or rectangles later. Top with a few more flaked almonds and sunflower seeds and press them down a bit.

Bake for 11-13 minutes until the edges are just starting to brown. Cut into 12 squares or 8 rectangles while still warm. Leave to cool and store in an airtight container.

Chewy Fruit & Nut Muesli Bars

It is my first Healthy Baking with Chocolate Workshop this Saturday 2nd March 5pm-9m. We will be making and tasting:

Chocolate Butterfly Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache Filling

Dark Chocolate & Orange Almond Torte

Chocolate, Date & Walnut Energy Truffles

Chocolate, Hazelnut & Date Caramel Tart with an Almond Crust

Wholemeal Chocolate Chunk & Hazelnut Cookies

All of these recipes use wholemeal spelt flour or ground almonds rather than processed flours. We use coconut oil or olive oil instead of butter and use honey, maple syrup or miel de cana instead of refined sugars.

Here’s a preview of the cookies. If you are lucky I might have time to share the recipe with you next week…

Vegan Wholemeal Chocolate Chunk & Hazelnut Cookies


13 Responses to “Chewy Fruit and Nut Muesli Bars”

  1. Tesney Ap February 28, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    I’ve been looking for something healthy to munch during a hiking trip. This is it 🙂

  2. Natasha February 28, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    This is perfect. I’ve been looking for a muesli bar recipe that doesn’t have several cups of sugar in 🙂

  3. VogueVegetarian February 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    Yum-a-roonie! These look amazingly delicious! I have all the ingredients too. Double YAY!

  4. margaret21 February 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Thse sound great …. except for one thing. I loathe the taste of cooked banana. Any suggestions for a suitable substitute, anyone? And what does ‘gf’ mean in the context of the oats in the recipe, please?

    • Natalie Ward March 1, 2013 at 12:26 am #

      GF means gluten free, not compulsory! I’m not sure but unsweetened apple sauce might work instead of the banana. 🙂

      • tony ward March 1, 2013 at 8:24 am #

        These look good hija……and soooooo good for me !! Good luck on the weekend. xx

      • margaret21 March 1, 2013 at 10:24 am #

        Thanks. Yes, I guess any sort of fruit puree’s worth a go. I’ll report back.

  5. musingmar March 1, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    These look so tasty and quite beautifully presented in your photography. And so much healthier for us than commercially processed versions.

  6. Three Well Beings March 3, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    These look wonderful! Your class sounds so inviting. I will definitely make these soon. They look so pretty all stacked with the paper!

  7. Alli@peasepudding March 3, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    These look flippin amazing, I’d like a few in my lunch box!

  8. Luv'n Spoonfuls March 4, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    I have everything in the cupboard! Hooray…can’t wait to give these a try. I agree with everything you say about some of these so-called ‘healthy’ prepared being not so much. Great recipe…thank you so much for sharing.

  9. Mandy Vellacott March 4, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Just what I am looking for – so much healthier and my diabetic husband could eat (I will make smaller ones for him!!) Thank you!

  10. dollyandoatmeal March 5, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    yum! muesli bars!? awesome

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