Sunday, 18 September 2016

Healthy, Five Ingredient, Muesli and Almond Bars

Hello Dear Reader,


I have been on a bit of a quest to find a great recipe for a "healthy" version of a Muesli and Nut bar. After much research and fiddling, I have come up with this beaut little recipe that ticks all the boxes. Healthy, delicious and easy to make, using ingredients almost always in the house.

I have tried it both baked and unbaked and I prefer the baked option as I like a bit of crunch, but you could just as easily go the unbaked option and these little bars will be more chewy and soft in texture. If you do decide to go the unbaked version, do yourself a favour and lightly toast the oats for about 10 to 15 minutes on 175C to take away their rawness. This version also needs to be kept refrigerated and I am not sure how they would travel in a lunch box with hot weather approaching. However way you like your muesli bars this is a great simple recipe that will have you hooked.

Ingredients for Healthy five ingredient Muesli and Almond Bars, clockwise from top right-
115 grams almonds, 65 grams peanut butter or other nut butter of your choice, 85 grams honey, 200 grams medjool dates, 135 grams rolled oats (toasted, if not baking bars)
Line a 32cm x 21cm baking tray with non stick baking paper. This dimension of tray will give you lovely thin muesli bars. By all means, if you like a more solid muesli bar choose a small baking tray
Roast almonds in a 175 C oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until they smell divine. Let cool and  roughly chop
Put dates into a food processor 
And blitz until a paste forms, this is the glue that binds these lovely bars of goodness
Add all ingredients to a large bowl
And mix well to coat all dry ingredients in the peanut butter, honey and date paste
Pour and scrap mixture into prepared baking tray. Using wet hands, press mixture evenly into the tray
Now, roll an even sided glass over the mixture, make sure you make your corners neat, it will make for neater looking bars. Put into a preheated oven at 180 C and cook for 10 minutes
After 10 minutes, take the tray out of the oven and score the slab how you like, I used a pizza cutter. Yes, I did it a bit wonky, didn't I?
Now, pop it back into the oven and bake for a further 10 minutes or until you are happy with the colour
This amount made 12 delicious muesli and almond bars and cost approximately 38 cents per bar. 


Do you make muesli bars? What is your favourite recipe for little bars of goodness?

2 comments:

  1. I love The Healthy Chefs recipe (Teresa Cutter) for muesli bars - very easy and foolproof so far.

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    1. Thanks Christina, I will check Theresa's recipes out. Have a splendid Sunday
      Fi

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