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Muesli bars without nuts being chopped on a board.

Nut-Free Muesli Bars

These delicious muesli bars are SO much better than anything you’ll find in the store! Chewy and delicious, they are easy to make and are also nut-free and freezer friendly.
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Course: healthy snacks, muesli bars
Cuisine: Snacks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
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Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 pieces
Calories: 287kcal

Equipment

  • Mircowave or Thermomix
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • 125 g butter
  • 170 g (½ cup) honey
  • 70 g (⅓ cup) brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 110 g (1 cup) rolled oats
  • 45 g (½ cup) desiccated coconut
  • 50 g (⅓ cup) plain flour
  • 150 g (1 cup) dried fruit chopped apricots, sultanas, raisins etc
  • 25 g (1 cup) 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 all 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 for 3 minutes, 80 degrees, Speed 3 (or until melted). 
  • Add all remaining ingredients and mix for 8 seconds, Reverse Speed 4. 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

RECIPE NOTES & TIPS:
  • Variations - the options are endless. Some suggestions are dried cranberries, dried apple, dried pear, chopped dates, or goji berries and chia seeds (for extra crunch!)
  • Baking time - these bars can go from cooked to overcooked quite quickly. Start checking them around the 20 minute mark, they are ready when they start to turn a light golden colour on top.
  • Cutting into bars - when removed from the oven, the slice will still be quite soft. Attempting to cut it right away will result in broken pieces. Let it cool completely before attempting to slice.
  • Storage - nut free muesli bars are best eaten in the first 3 days, but will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
  • Freezing - let the bars cool completely on a rack before slicing them into ready-to-grab bars. Place the bars into an airtight container and separate any layers with baking paper to prevent them from sticking together. Freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, leave the bars in the fridge overnight or leave them at room temperature for an hour.

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