Homemade muesli bars

It is hard sometimes to find healthy lunchbox snacks that your kids will eat and that which don’t contain nuts.  And ideally something that isn’t processed (I hate giving them things that contain corn syrup – you would be surprised how common that is).

A pan of freshly baked muesli bars topped with chocolate

Muesli bars are ubiquitous in Australia. It was something I missed when I lived in Taiwan – they are so handy to have around as a snack food.  They are surprisingly dense in calories and also surprisingly sweet, but still super yum.

My homemade one can be made in a jiffy using leftover ingredients in your cupboard.  Thanks to a tip from my lovely sister, I have taken to incorporating weetbix as well (being frugal I refuse to through out the crumbly bits at the bottom of the package that my kids will not eat).  You can use any other breakfast cereal you have on hand for this, but preferably one that is not too sweet.

A tin of muesli bars freshly baked from the oven

Freshly baked from the oven

This recipe works out at just under 30c per bar – and using some quality seeds that only a top of the line muesli bar would incorporate.  I like to cut them into bars and wrap them in foil to be eaten later – well, I do cheat and eat them straight out of the pan while warm.  But wrapped in silver alfoil they look super duper impressive, just like silver ingots.

I want to experiment with muesli bars to find a lower sugar version, but for now this at least uses some wholegrains and healthy things that kids otherwise might not touch. Or adults for that matter.

1 can condensed milk
2 cups weetbix crumbs
1 1/2 to 1 2/3 cups of rolled oats
1/4 cup dessicated coconut
1/4 cup pepita seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup linseeds
Chocolate buttons (for topping)

Method

  1. Put the weetbix and rolled oats into a large bowl, sprinkle on the coconut, pepita, sunflowers and linseed, then pour over the condensed milk.  Stir until combined. If the mixture is still a bit runny, add more oats.
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    Ingredients in a bowl

    Mixing in the condensed milk

    Mixing in the condensed milk

  2. Grease a square lamington pan and spoon the mixture in. Use a spatula to press the mixture down so that it is smooth and even.

    Mixture in a lamington tin

    Spoon the mixture into a greased lamington tin, then press down firmly

  3. Dot with chocolate buttons – this isn’t essential and if you are trying to reduce chocolate dependencies go without.

    Dot with chocolate buttons

    Dot with chocolate buttons

  4. Bake in the oven at around 150C for 20 minutes or until golden.
  5. Cut in the pan while still slightly warm.

Based on ALDI prices:

Condensed milk – $1.85 (or cheaper if you make your own)
Weetbix – free, bottomo of the packet
Oats – 15c
Coconut and seeds – $1 (approx – you can use any leftover dried fruit as well)
Chocolate buttons (for topping, optional) – 50c

Total:  $3.50

Makes 12 (plus a small little bit sized bit)Pinterest graphic - muesli bars 30c each

 

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17 thoughts on “Homemade muesli bars

    • Condensed milk is definitely the magic ingredient:) I do want to create a lower sugar version, but oh my, how I just love anything with condensed milk in it. It really holds everything together well, and is super easy to use. You can make your own condensed milk to make this recipe cheaper, but in this write-up I wanted to focus on the easy aspect.

  1. I have (after many attempts) developed a great recipe for muesli bars. The liquid component consists of 50g melted butter, 1/3 cup maple syrup and 240g apple puree (you can make your own from old “unattractive” apples). You can keep all the other dry ingredients the same as your recipe (with or without the chocolate buttons). Bake at 170C for 20 – 30 mins.

  2. Healthy snacks are hard to find now a days, most mainstream snacks goes for the taste and less on the nutritional content. That’s why kids often love junk foods and adults alike. I love that you shared this Muesli Bars recipe, now I can create my own energy bar for snacking, and maybe bring in cinnamon or vanilla just to add more fragrance and flavors. 🙂

  3. This is a very practical and delicious looking recipe, have to give it a shot as it’s hard to get good granola bars which aren’t full of corn syrup like you mentioned, the other ones cost an arm and a leg or often don’t taste good!

  4. Love muesli bars, of course they are an essential part of an Australian pantry. Making your own is a great idea, they turn out nicer, healthier and cheaper than the shop bought versions.

    • I could imagine you would make a very healthy version:) Mine are kind of based on what is in the pantry. I couldn’t buy muesli bars when I was in Taiwan. I didn’t miss them so much, but found them convenient when I came back.

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