If you’re like me, you’re always rushing around and regularly taking a quick breakfast or snack on the go – and you don’t always make the healthiest choices. Muesli bars are a great thing to keep in your handbag or sports kit in case you need a quick pick-me-up, but shop-bought ones are not only a little dull, but often also expensive, so I decided to make my own.
For Christmas, I got a Thermomix – the Mother of all kitchen appliances. Ever since, I’ve been experimenting with healthy foods as this machine makes it a hell of a lot easier to make. Yesterday, I tried my hand at making these home made power muesli bars and they are so surprisingly delicious, I wanted to share my recipe with you. They are packed with omega, protein, vitamins and minerals to keep you going for a while.
(makes about 8 bars)
1/3 cup Shredded Coconut (make sure it’s the sugar free kind)
1 cup Seeds (I used sunflower, sesame, pumpkin and flax seeds)
1/3 cup Dried Apricots (or other similar dried fruit like mango, apple, …)
1/3 cup Oats
1/3 cup Sultanas (or other similar dried berries like goji berries, cranberries, … )
1 tbsp Honey (can also use agave syrup)
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon (optional)
1: preheat the oven at 180º
2: in a food processor, blitz all the ingredients until nicely blended – not too long, you still want to see the seeds and fruit. // In the Thermomix, 3 seconds on Turbo should do it
3: pour the mix into an oven dish lined with baking paper, push flat to your desired thickness and straighten the edges
4: Bake for 15-20 minutes in the oven (depending on how crunchy you like it), leave to cool, slice in bars and enjoy. You can keep them in a container for a good couple of days, so that’s your week’s snacks sorted out!
That’s all it is. Easy, right?
Now, these are healthy and taste delicious, but that’s not to say they’re calorie-free. Enjoy, but don’t start eating them like candy, as that sort of will defeat the point.
Once you’ve tried these for the first time, you can play around with the ingredients as you wish – adding seeds, nuts, different types of fruit, changing the egg for condensed milk, adding protein powder or even adding bits of chocolate (naughty!). When you realise just how easy and cost-efficient it is, you’ll never go back to a store-bought one.