Pre-made muesli bars are often packed full of sugar and preservatives and result in excessive plastic wastage due to being individually wrapped.

Instead you can simply make your own – they are a healthier alternative, provide lots of sustenance between meals and taste just as good as the ones from the store!


Nutty and Nutritious Muesli Bars


INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup almonds
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
2 large bananas
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/3 cup almond/peanut/nut/seed butter or vegan spread such as marg (a healthy homemade jam could be used here instead)
1/4 cup almond/soy/rice/coconut milk (I use unsweetened almond milk or a homemade mylk)
1/3 cup chopped and pitted dates (alternative: 1/3 cup other dried fruit such as apricots or raisins)
1/3 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1 cup rolled oats (use buckwheat groats for gluten-free)
1/2 cup chia seeds or flax
1/3 cup desiccated coconut
1 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 tablespoon cinnamon

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METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 100 degrees Celsius.
  2. Put sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chopped and pitted dates, coconut, melted coconut oil, half the cinnamon, dried cranberries or raisins and chia seeds in a large cooking bowl and mix thoroughly.
  3. On a large plate or chopping board mash the bananas until smooth and creamy then add bananas to bowl with seeds etc but don’t mix.
  4. In a food processor, pulse and blend almonds until they are a fine, grainy texture and add them to the cooking bowl also. Repeat with the seeds, buckwheat and oats until all are roughly the same texture.
  5. Combine dry ingredients with mashed bananas well then add the dairy-free mylk and nut/seed butter or spread. (Add more milk or another 1/2 a banana if desired.
  6. Grease a lined baking tray lightly with almond butter or some vegan-friendly vegetable oil. (I just used a few sprays of canola oil but almond butter or coconut oil is more nutritious.)
  7. Spread combined muesli bar mix over the baking tray evenly, then sprinkle remaining cinnamon atop the slice.
  8. Bake in oven for 40-50 minutes, turning once half way through
  9. Remove from oven and allow for slice to cool completely on a drying rack before slicing.

 


Image credit: Meal Makeover Moms