Nut-Free Muesli Bars | Lunch Box Recipe

Healthy & delicious nut-free muesli bars that are perfect for school lunch boxes! Make your own variations by mixing and matching your favourite dried fruit. 

Cut slices of homemade muesli bars

Muesli bars are a pretty big thing in our house… We make them ALL THE TIME!!

A baked muesli bar slice on a wooden board prior to being cut into pieces

Why do we love making homemade muesli bars so much?

  • they’re WAY cheaper than store-bought ones
  • you know exactly what’s going into your homemade muesli bars
  • they’re super quick and easy to whip up
  • they’re perfect for little lunch boxes, an afternoon snack or a mid-morning pick-me-up

Cut pieces of a muesli bar slice on baking paper

Usually I’ll make my ‘Very Best Homemade Muesli Bars’ (which are absolutely DELICIOUS!!!). But whenever I need a nut-free recipe, I’ll make my Nut-Free Muesli Bars instead.

Cut pieces of muesli bar slice on baking paper

Will’s daycare doesn’t have any rules about not bringing nuts along in lunch boxes, but I know lots of schools, kinders and daycares do (which makes these nut-free muesli bars perfect for school snacks!!!).

A stack of muesli bar slices with apricots and sultanas scattered in front on a white plate

I generally use a mix of chopped apricots and sultanas in my nut-free muesli bars, but you can mix and match with whatever dried fruit you have lying around (and of course, whichever are your kiddies current favourites!).

Pieces of muesli bar slice with dried apricots and sultanas scattered around the slices

Ooh and if you like, add a tablespoon of chia seeds – they give a yummy crunch!

A stack of pieces of muesli bar slice on a white plate

For more muesli bar recipes, check out these ones that we love:

Pieces of muesli bar slice placed on baking paper on top of a wooden board

Happy muesli bar making!!! xx

A white cake stand with pieces of muesli bar slice stacked, and more slices surrounding the cake stand

A close up of two pieces of muesli bar slice on a white plate

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Healthy & delicious nut-free muesli bars that are perfect for school lunch boxes! Make your own variations by mixing and matching your favourite dried fruit. 

Nut-Free Muesli Bars

Healthy & delicious nut-free muesli bars that are perfect for school lunch boxes! Make your own combinations by mixing and matching your favourite dried fruit. 
5 from 2 votes
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Course: healthy snacks, lunch box recipe, muesli bars
Cuisine: Snacks
Keyword: nut free muesli bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 pieces
Calories: 287kcal

Ingredients

  • 125 g butter
  • 1/2 cup (170g) honey
  • 1/3 cup (70g) brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (110g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (45g) desiccated coconut
  • 1/3 cup (50g) plain flour
  • 1 cup dried fruit chopped apricots, sultanas, raisins etc
  • 1 cup (25g) puffed rice rice bubbles or similar

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius (fan-forced). Grease and line a 28cm X 20cm rectangular slice tin with baking paper. 
  • Place the butter, honey and brown sugar into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on 50% power until just melted and stir together (stir every 30 seconds. 
  • Add the cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt and mix together well. 
  • Add the rolled oats, coconut, plain flour, dried fruit and puffed rice. Mix together. 
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tray and press down firmly and evenly. 
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until just golden. Allow to cool completely before cutting into slices. 

Thermomix Method

  • Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius (fan-forced). Grease and line a 28cm X 20cm rectangular slice tin with baking paper. 
  • Place the butter, honey and brown sugar into the Thermomix bowl. Heat on 80 degrees, Speed 3, 3 minutes and 30 seconds (or until melted). 
  • Add all remaining ingredients and mix on Reverse Speed 4, 8 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and repeat for a further 5 seconds or until well combined (you'll need to use the spatula to help mix). 
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tray and press down firmly and evenly. 
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until just golden. Allow to cool completely before cutting into slices. 

Notes

Watch this slice closely in the oven - it can go from undercooked to overcooked very quickly.

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 5.9mg
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Pieces of muesli bar slice with dried apricots and sultanas scattered next to them.

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6 Comments
  1. Erin says:

    Hi, I just made these and followed recipe exactly but they’re very crumbly and not holding together at all. Is there meant to be an egg included? tOtherwise very tasty. Thanks!

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi Erin, thanks so much for your feedback and I’m so glad you like the taste!!! If you allow them to cool completely (or even pop them in the fridge before cutting) they’ll hold their shape much better! Hope that helps!! xx

  2. Anna says:

    5 stars
    Halved the honey and sugar and added some seeds. It was a hit – very tasty and light. Can’t do store bought muesli bars ever again!

  3. Corrine says:

    Very very sweet!! I ended up adding additional oats, rice bubbles, coconut and flour to try to counteract the sweetness. I also added half the fruit and pepitas, sunflowers and chia seeds. Nice base recipe to build on – i particularly like the addition of the rice bubbles. Will make again and add less sugar and honey next time though! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Joanne says:

    Great recipe. I didn’t add the brown sugar and stuck just with honey and they were perfect! I also substituted the dried fruit for dark choc baking bits. My kids love them!

    1. Lucy says:

      Yay!! Thank’s great!

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