15 Aug Healthy muesli bars
We are often asked for more healthy snack ideas. So, we came up with these healthy muesli bars. We didn’t anticipate them to taste so darn good when playing around to come up with the recipe. These healthy muesli bars are an easy and filling snack. In our war against waste, why not make your own muesli bars to reduce some wrappers heading to landfill?
*Makes 10 muesli bars
- ¾ cup pitted medjool dates
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- ¾ cup almonds
- ¼ cup macadamias
- ¼ cup pepitas
- ¼ cup pistachios
- ¼ cup rice malt syrup
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Optional: vegan chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 180C
- Chop almonds and macadamias or blitz briefly in your food processor so they are not as chunky
- Place almonds, macadamias and oats in the oven for 10 minutes
- Meanwhile, process dates until a paste is formed and set aside in a medium bowl
- Remove the oats and nuts and place in a medium bowl containing the date paste and add the pepitas, pistachios, cinnamon and vanilla extract
- In a saucepan warm the nut butters, rice malt syrup
- Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir through evenly
- Add chocolate chips and stir through. If you would like the chocolate chips to remain chunky, allow mixture to cool first before adding choc chips
- Line a square baking dish (9”x9”) with baking paper
- Pour mixture into dish and press down firmly, filling the entire dish
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hours
- Chop into 10 muesli bar sizes
While there are a some muesli bar brands out there that are okay in terms of sugar content and added preservatives, the majority are heavily loaded with milk solids, emulsifiers, preservatives, wheat and wheat derivatives. These muesli bars are void of all of the above.
Sweetened naturally with only dates and rice malt syrup (having one of the lowest glycemic index’s of all the sweeteners), these healthy muesli bars are high in protein, dietary fibre.
Oats are rich in minerals such as zinc, magnesium, iron and selenium. Oats also contain a little something called beta-glucans. They are a soluble fibre which, in the gut formed a thick gel and essentially acts like a mop. Binding and sweeping up excess cholesterol and excreting via the bowels.