When it comes to muesli bars I feel like there are 2 distinct camps. The people who make really healthy bars that involve dates and a food processor and the people who decide that it's too hard to make your own muesli bars and just buy them.
Well to start with, neither of these are bad options! There are some amazing recipes out there but I am just not a huge fan of dates in bars as I find they make them so much sweeter than sugar. And if you do your research there are definitely some great options for buying bars too.
I like to call these homemade muesli bars the middle ground bar! They have a very simple list of ingredients - rolled oats, rice bubbles, coconut oil, honey, a small amount of brown sugar and salt.
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar (optional, see recipe note 1)
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup rice bubbles
Line a 20cm x 20cm (8" x 8") square baking tin with baking paper.
In a medium sized pot combine coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt. Cook over a medium heat until the mixture is melted and starts to bubble, then allow to bubble for 1 or 2 minutes.
Take the pot off the heat and stir through the rolled oats and rice bubbles. Make sure the mixture is well combined.
Tip into the prepared baking tin and using your hands or the back of a spoon press the mixture down very firmly - this will help the bars to stick together.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes before carefully removing from the tin and slicing into bars.
Store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
- I have tested them with and without the sugar and I found that the 1 tablespoon of brown sugar made them much easier to press into the tin and after sitting out of the fridge for a while, helped them hold together slightly better than without it. But try both ways and choose which you prefer!
- I also sometimes add 2 teaspoons of chia seeds for extra nutritional value and I find they also help hold the bars together a little better too.
- I store these bars in the fridge as it keeps the coconut oil solid and helps the bars hold together better and keep for longer. These bars are firm out of the fridge but after about 30 minutes (in summer) out of the fridge, they start to go quite soft. This isn't a problem, they still taste delicious! If you wanted them to hold together for longer, place the bars in the freezer and put a frozen bar in your kids lunchbox!
The Kiwi Country Girl
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