Honey Nut Muesli Bars

AGL has launched Free Power Saturdays for eligible Victorian residential consumers which gives customers who sign up to the plan 100 percent free electricity on Saturdays for a year. This includes all consumption and supply charges. For more information visit: www.welovesaturdays.com.au or call: 131 189
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Hi everyone! After an incredibly relaxing few weeks soaking up the sun in Malaysia and kicking back with a cocktail or two (and a whole heap of fresh coconut water!), it’s great to be back home in my kitchen. If you want to check out some more of my holiday pics, just follow @bakeplaysmile on Instagram (they make a nice change from my usual foodie photos!).

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Anyway, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I grew up baking with my Mum on the weekends. I’m 100% positive that if it hadn’t been for all of those Saturday mornings in the kitchen with Mum, I never, ever would have started Bake Play Smile.

Honey Nut Muesli Bars

For me, there’s just something so therapeutic about baking. It’s the best stress reliever (unlike cooking dinner, which is just a drag!). I love nothing more than pottering around in my kitchen on a Saturday morning baking up a big batch of cookies, a cake, or a slice. So, to say that my Thermomix, KitchenAid and oven run in overtime on the weekends is the understatement of the year!

Honey Nut Muesli Bars

One of my favourite things to whip up in my kitchen is a batch of muesli bars. Dave and I have a running joke going that when I say I’m going to do some baking, he asks what sort of muesli bars I’m making. Yep, he’s on to me. I even have a little notes section on my phone where I type in all of the muesli bar variations I want to try. Oh my gosh… reading that back now, I realise I sound like a total nerd (which, let’s face it, I am!).

Honey Nut Muesli Bars

These Honey Nut Muesli Bars came about because we bought a box of muesli bars while we were on holidays a while ago and they were really, really good. You have no idea how much it kills me to say that a store-bought box of muesli bars were just as good as my own homemade ones. Seriously. It kills me.

Anyway, I told Dave that I could make a batch that would taste just as good… but without all of the extra additives and preservatives and blah blah blah. And after a few attempts I finally got it right! These Honey Nut Muesli Bars have the most delicious honey/caramel-like flavour and the crunch of the nuts is just so, so good.

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They’re just as good, or dare I say it, even better than the yummy ones we bought. And best of all, at least you know exactly what’s going into these ones.

 

When do you do your baking? Are you a Saturday morning baker like me? I’m loving AGL’s ‘Free Power Saturdays’ because it means that I can bake as much as I like without having to worry about my power bill being massive… which can only mean one thing – a whole heap more muesli bars will be coming out of my kitchen (oh and perhaps I could buy a new pair of shoes with the money I save – wouldn’t that be a good idea!). PS – No one tell Dave I wrote that last bit about the shoes – I have officially used up all of my shoes points!!!

Honey Nut Muesli Bars

Honey Nut Muesli Bars - homemade so you know exactly what's in them!
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Course: muesli bars, Slices
Cuisine: Healthy Choices, Healthy Snacks, No Bake, Slices
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 16
Author: Bake Play Smile

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup rice bubbles
  • ¾ cup dry roasted almonds

Instructions

  • Grease and line a standard sized (approximately) 17X28cm rectangular baking tray with baking paper, allowing the edges to overhang.
  • Place the rolled oats, rice bubbles and almonds into a large bowl. Mix to combine.
  • In a small saucepan, bring the peanut butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla essence and butter to a boil (stirring continuously).
  • Reduce the heat and simmer (while stirring) for 2 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Pour the sauce over the dry ingredients and mix really well – so that all of the dry ingredients are completely covered.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared tray and press down very firmly with the back of a spoon.
  • Place the tray into the fridge for 2 hours.
  • Take out and cut into long bars.
  • Place the bars into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Thermomix Instructions:

1.  Grease and line a standard sized (approximately) 17X28cm rectangular baking tray with baking paper, allowing the edges to overhang.
2. Place the peanut butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla essence and butter into the TM bowl.
3. Mix for 3 minutes 80 degrees, Speed 2 or until the mixture has thickened slightly.
4. Add the rolled oats, rice bubbles and almonds.
5. Mix for 30 seconds on Reverse, Speed 2 or until the mixture is very well combined.
6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tray and press down very firmly with the back of a spoon.
7. Place the tray into the fridge for 2 hours.
8. Take out and cut into long bars.
9. Place the bars into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Honey Nut Muesli Bars Feature

This post is part of a Nuffnang native advertising series.

AGL has launched Free Power Saturdays for eligible Victorian residential consumers which gives customers who sign up to the plan 100 percent free electricity on Saturdays for a year. This includes all consumption and supply charges. For more information visit: www.welovesaturdays.com.au or call: 131 189.

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Lisa @ Read Write Run
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Yum, these sound delicious! I’m not a big fan of bought baked goods, nor am I a big fan of cooking but any recipe that doesn’t require me to whip butter is generally acceptable. I’ve bookmarked this page because I definitely plan to try these muesli bars.

Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me
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Mental note: Bake with the kids every weekend so they grow up to be a successful food blogger. Thanks for the tip off 🙂 Meanwhile, great to have to back. You look very relaxed 🙂 xx #teamIBOT

Jessica @ Sweet Menu
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Wow Lucy! These look fantastic! Like the real thing, only better of course. I must be a nerd too because I have multiple lists of recipe ideas in my phone too. Once someone asked me if I ever run out of ideas and I was like Umm I have 170 recipe ideas right here ready to go! 😉 Glad you had a great holiday too x

Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life
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Oh my goodness I love the sound of these! I refuse to pay the massive price on gluten free muesli bars and I haven’t found a recipe that I truly love yet, but I think I’ve just stumbled across it! I can’t wait to make these!
I’m a Saturday/Sunday/Any day baker really 🙂 So nice to meet another Aussie blogger!