Crunchy nut muesli bars

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!

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Crunchy nut muesli bars 

Ingredients
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)

Method
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.

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Notes
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!

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2 thoughts on “Crunchy nut muesli bars

  1. They sound yummy, Lil…but what is rice malt syrup. I’ve never heard of it! Where do you buy it…and is the something I can substitute for it?

    1. Thanks Jo!
      Rice malt syrup is made from fermented cooked rice, so it is a complex carbohydrates and contains maltose and glucose (as opposed to fructose). Because of this, it is slow releasing and is easily on our digestion compared to pure sugar or fructose.
      It has a very similar consistency to honey and golden syrup so either of these are a great substitute, the end result will just be a little sweeter! If you use honey, omit the maple syrup!
      You can buy rice malt syrup at the supermarket now in the health food section, Pure Harvest is the brand I use!
      Hope that helps. Let me know if you like them
      x

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