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Easy No-Bake Muesli Bars

Easy No-Bake Muesli Bars
Muesli bars are a nutritious, energy-packed snack, and are generally marketed as being very healthy. However, a quick look at the ingredients list of most store-bought muesli and granola bars shows that not all of these snacks are created equally, and many are actually filled with artificial ingredients and refined sugars.

Luckily these tasty treats are super simple to make yourself (without all the added junk), and you can get as creative as you like switching out ingredients for your favourite nuts, seeds and dried fruits.

Try out this quick, simple, no-bake muesli bar recipe for your little ones.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almonds (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 1/4 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp dried goji berries
  • 4 dried dates (finely chopped)
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup raw honey

Method

Mix all ingredients (except for peanut butter and honey) together in a large mixing bowl.

Melt peanut butter and honey together in a pot on the stove (low heat). Mix constantly to ensure it doesn't burn.

Once melted, remove from heat and add to the other ingredients in the mixing bowl.

Mix until all ingredients are well coated with the peanut butter and honey.

Take a little of the mixture and very firmly press it together in your hand - if it sticks together well and can form a little ball, then it should be just right. If it doesn't seem to be holding together well then add a little more honey, a bit at a time, until the mixture can hold together. On the other hand, if your mixture seems too sloppy, just add a little more oats.

Line a large baking or slice tray with baking paper.

Spread muesli mixture evenly in the pan, try to make it about 1 1/2 - 2 cm thick. 

Cover the top with baking paper and use your hands to press down on it all firmly and evenly until it is well packed in, very firm, and evenly spread out.

Chill in the fridge for at least two hours before cutting into squares/bars, to ensure it is properly set.

Store in the fridge for two to three weeks in an airtight container. Use baking paper to separate layers of stacked muesli bar, 


DID YOU KNOW...

  • Oats are lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein and healthy fats than most other whole grains.
  • Sultanas are a fantastic way of sweetening recipes without adding refined sugar, and toddlers love to snack on them. However, please be aware that they are extremely high in sugar and can cause tooth decay. Their sticky texture causes them to stick in your child's teeth and cause damage until their teeth are cleaned properly. Try not to offer your toddler dried fruits too often, and make sure you clean their teeth regularly.
  • Raw honey contains natural vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes, and many other important natural nutrients. These nutrients are destroyed when honey is heated and pasteurised. It is worth noting that eating pasteurised honey is almost the same as eating refined sugar, without any of the health benefits of raw honey. 
 

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