muesli bars

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For years I have been trying to make a healthier muesli bar. The problem is that when you reduce the oil or sugar too much, they just don’t stick together—finally I have found a solution! Muesli bars are a great source of whole-grains, and my kids just love them. With this recipe you can design your own muesli bars and flavours!

🍴 Makes: about 12 bars
🕒 Prep: 10 mins    Cook : 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup puffed rice (ideally brown, found in health food isle. Or substitute more oats if not available)
  • 1/2 cup wholemeal plain flour
  • 1 total cup of flavours (dark or white choc chips, coconut, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, or a combination)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 175°C, and line a slice tin (approx 27 x 18cm) with baking paper
  2. In a large bowl, combine olive oil, maple syrup, sugar, zucchini, and egg together, mix well
  3. Add oats, puffed rice and wholemeal flour into the same bowl and mix
  4. Add in the cup of flavours and mix again
  5. Pour mixture into the pan. With damp hands, push mixture down into the pan
  6. Bake for 40 minutes
  7. Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes
  8. Turn out onto a wire rack for further cooling. Cut into muesli bar shaped fingers
  9. Store in air-tight container

Notes

If you want them slightly crunchier, then place them back on the tray, and bake in the oven for a further 10 minutes.

Looking for flavour inspiration? Have a look at our strawberry and dark chocolate muesli bars.

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