These bars came about as a bit of a trial. I had a craving for something chewy, nutty and delicious, but in bar form (specific, I know) and I wanted to bake. I also was in need for some snacks for uni, so I pulled together a mix of things, and these lovely bars were created.
They are nutritious, filling, moorish and so simple! You can use whatever nuts you have on hand. I used hazelnuts and almonds but walnuts would be equally as delicious.
Let me know what you think!
Crunchy nut muesli bars
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup chopped roasted nuts
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tsbp toasted sesame seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
pinch of salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tbsp tahini (hulled)
2 tbsp rice malt syrup
1 tbsp maple syrup (can omit)
1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees fan forced.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
3. On a low heat, combine coconut oil, tahini, rice malt syrup and the maple syrup (optional) in a small saucepan (or microwave, like lazy ol’ me). Stir until incorporated and oil has melted.
4. Pour straight over the nuts/oats/seed mixture and stir until combined.
5. Line a 30cm x 20cm rectangular tin with baking paper and press the mixture in firmly. Push it down as far as you can as this will be crumbly slice/granola if you don’t do so.
6. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden and smelling fab.
7. Leave the slice to cool, and cut into bars/desired shape.
* Will keep in an airtight container for up to a week. Or keeps well in the freezer and easy to pull out for snacks and treats.
I added some maple syrup as a last minute decision for added flavour, but that is entirely up to you. Taste the mixture before you put it in the tray and decide for yourself.
I used toasted nuts and sesame seeds as it add intensity to the final flavour of the slice. You can use raw of either, it won’t make a difference to the way it cooks.
These would be lovely drizzle with some chocolate or with some added dried fruit/dates, just sayin’.
If the edges crumble (mine do), break them up in your finger and pop them in a jar. Add them to your porridge, yoghurt, bircher or granola in the morning for a yummy breakfast crunch!