Home Made Muesli Bars

Muesli bars are a popular addition to the lunch box of children and also to our own. A colleague and friend mentioned the amount of plastic that is wasted in commercial muesli bars. She asked if I would think about posting a recipe so these can be made at home. Happy to oblige! This recipe is adapted from one on the friendship food website.

Ingredients:IMG_0769

1 cup puffed sorghum (available from friendship food)

1 cup chopped nuts

1 cup chopped dried fruit

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup tahiniIMG_0781IMG_0774

1/4 cup honey

1 Tbs cocoa or cacao powder

1/2 ts salt

1 Tbs hot water

Method:

Chop nuts and dried fruit. Place all ingredients except puffed sorghum into a food processor and whiz. Stir through puffed sorghum. Line a 25cm x 16cm tray with baking paper and scoop mixture into it. Press firmly to flatten out using another piece of baking paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove from tray, and cut into slices. Now don’t wrap these in plastic wrap will you. Put them straight into a lunch box, or into a Keep Leaf pouch. My muesli bars turned out a little crumbly, I think because I didn’t chop the nuts or dried fruit beforehand. So don’t skip this step.

Whilst you are having a look at the friendship food website, have a look at this page and ponder the question ‘exactly what was in those empty mugs?!’.

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6 Comments
  • Mike BP says:

    Yum!! Good point about the plastic waste…

  • Mel says:

    Thanks Jo. Will definitely try these. Aside from the packaging waste, commercial bars are so packed with sugar

    • Jo says:

      Yes Mel, didn’t think to mention that making them yourself also means that you know for sure what is in them!

  • Melanie says:

    I like your no bake method Jo. Here is an alternative.

    For a long time my children didn’t realise that you could buy muesli bars in packets. The following recipe uses packaged muesli but you could make your own.
    Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups muesli, 1/2 cup SR flour, 1/2 cup raw sugar ( I reduced the amount of sugar), 1/2 cup desiccated coconut, 155g butter, 1 tbsp honey.
    Method: combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Melt butter, add honey, mix into dry ingredients until mixture clings together. Press evenly over base of a well greased 28 cm x 18cm lamington pan. Bake in 190 degree C oven for 15-20 minutes or until top is golden. Cut into bars while hot, remove from pan when cold.
    I always had to cook twice the amount as they disappeared so quickly.

    Mmmm, perhaps I should make some now. The children are not around to eat them!

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