Healthier Muesli Bars

by Rebecca Warren 12 Jan 2018

These muesli bars are a healthier version than what you’d find in the supermarket, but they do still contain some sugar. In small amounts, our body shouldn’t have a problem converting this sugar to energy especially since it is well balanced with healthy fats and protein from the nuts and seeds. These bars would be great as a quick snack after a long session to tide you over until you get to the café for some eggs!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup dried dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 140°C (or 120°C fan forced). Line a 20 x 30cm rectangular baking tin with baking paper.

  2. Place the rolled oats, coconut, pepitas, chia seeds, cinnamon, dates and cashews in a large bowl.

  3. Place the coconut oil, sugar, honey and vanilla in a medium saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved and the ingredients are well combined.

  4. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

  5. Add the beaten egg and mix until all ingredients are well combined.

  6. Use slightly wet hands to press mixture firmly into a prepared tin. Smooth with the back of a spoon or spatula.

  7. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until an even golden brown. Set aside to cool completely in the tin before removing and cutting into bars.

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