I am always looking for lunchbox inspiration. One of my biggest lunchbox wins has been these delicious coconut muesli balls. I love them as much as the kids do! But I fell into the habit of buying muesli bars as lunchbox fillers for convenience. But I’ve been wanting to find a recipe for homemade muesli bars, with less sugar and more goodness. I don’t have an issue with store-bought snacks, occasionally, but they’re expensive and loaded with sugar. So I was delighted when I came across this tasty looking recipe for chewy muesli bars. I used this recipe from the lovely and talented, Lucy from Bake. Play. Smile, and adapted slightly. Whenever you’re making something like a slice, you can always substitute golden syrup for honey, butter for coconut oil, or use any dried fruit you have in the pantry. You don’t always need to follow the recipe to the letter. My kids aren’t big on nuts so I left these out and used more sunflower seeds and dried cranberries. I am going to write out the recipe in full here, but for more tasty treat, visit Lucy’s site.
Chewy Homemade Muesli Bars
- 1⅔ cup Rolled oats or your favourite muesli (I like the Lowan brand)
- 1 cup rice bubbles
- ⅓ cup plain flour
- ½ cup coconut
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup melted butter
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup honey (or rice malt syrup)
- 1 cup seed and nut trail mix
- ½ cup cranberries, sultanas or other dried fruit
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Melted chocolate for drizzling, if you’re partial to a drizzle 🙂
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celsius (160 if using fan forced).
- Line a rectangular slice tin with baking paper.
- Melt the butter, peanut butter and rice malt syrup in large saucepan on the stovetop.
- Add in the salt, cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla and mix until the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the rolled oats, flour, coconut, seed and nut trail mix and dried fruit and mix well to combine.
- Add the rice bubbles & choice chips and gently mix together.
- Press the mixture firmly and evenly into the pan.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
- *If you like, you can drizzle some melted chocolate over the slice once it’s out of the oven.
- Cool completely before removing from the pan and cutting into bars.
So, when are you going to bake these babies?