It can be difficult to find some healthy snacks to pop in the kids lunch box or to stash in your drawer at work. They always seem to be high in sugar or fat or contain nuts. So with a little help from a recipe my friend Ali gave me and a few modifications of my own I give you some healthy crunchy muesli bars.
They’re nut free so they can go in the lunchbox to school and as long as you don’t have coeliac disease and you’re not sensitive to oats, those with a gluten intolerance can pop these on the menu as well. (Often oats are processed on the same machinery as wheat and so those people with an autoimmune reaction to gluten – Coeliacs – will find oats intolerable.
There are many variations of these beautiful bars so I invite you to look at this recipe as a starting off point and then flavour them according to your individual taste. The main thing is that they contain no refined sugar, lots of fibre and good fats…a perfect snack to tide you over until dinner.
-If you like your bars a bit softer you could puréed apple or pear to the mix and replace the buckwheat flour with LSA (although the A in LSA is almond so they won’t be nut free).
– You can swap sweeteners. If maple syrup isn’t your thing you can add another natural sweetener such as honey or rice malt syrup, just make sure it is liquid as it needs to bind the mixture together.
– You could add some dried fruit (cranberry, goji, apricot) or dark chocolate bits or even some shaved coconut would be lovely.
Have a play with it & Enjoy xx
- Prep Time : 5 minutes
- Cook Time : 20-25 minutes
- Yield : 16
Preheat oven to 160°C. Combine all ingredients in one large bowl until mixed through. Spoon the mixture into a baking tin lined with baking paper.
Bake for 20-25 mins until golden. Cool and then cut into 16 pieces.