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Homemade Fruit Muesli Bars

Today I would like to welcome a new regular contributor to the Childhood 101 team. Kyrstie Barcak’s blog, A Fresh Legacy, includes oodles of fresh, healthy recipes, as well as stories of family life with two small children and their adventures growing their own vegetables and herbs to use in their cooking.  Each month Kyrstie will share a tried and tested, family friendly recipe, tips for healthy eating or story from her vegie patch with Chldhood 101 readers, starting this month with a homemade fruit muesli bar that is most definitely on my list of lunchbox friendly recipes to try!

I first made muesli bars a few years ago when I found a recipe for Breakfast Bars by Michelle Cranston in her book, Luscious.

I have adapted the recipe over the years and I routinely change the ingredients based on what I have available in the cupboard and what “Punky” (my 4 years old) has requested, or negotiated. This time I used dried apples as I have recently made an oven-dried batch from late summer produce. Other fruit that works well include: dried apricots, dates, peach, pear and coconut.

homemade fruit muesli bar recipe

These muesli bars are quick and easy to make. Punky loves to drag a kitchen chair to the bench and help me cook. He has recently learned to crack eggs and this is one of his favourite recipes as he gets to practice cracking three of them. These bars are enjoyed in our house as a morning tea or kinder snack for Punky & Cuddles. Mr Fresh also gets one packed in with his work lunch.

Homemade Fruit Muesli Bars Recipe

Makes: Approximately 10 bars (depending on the size they are cut to). Ingredients are all listed as metric measurements.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Equipment required: 3 cm deep Slice Tray – I used a 27cm x 18 cm tray

homemade fruit muesli bar recipe

Ingredients:

  • 150 grams butter
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • 2 cups of quick cook oats
  • 3 tablespoons of seeds – I use pumpkin and flax seeds
  • 1 cup of dried apples chopped
  • ½ cup sultanas
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 3 eggs lightly whisked

To make:

  1. Line slice tray with baking paper.
  2. Turn the oven on to heat to 160 degrees Celcius.
  3. Melt the butter and honey over low heat in a pan.
  4. Add fruit and dry ingredients to a bowl.
  5. Add the melted butter and honey and then the eggs and stir to combine.
  6. Pour the combined muesli bar mixture into the slice tray.
  7. Smooth the top of the mixture and give it a shake backward and forward on the bench to settle it evenly in the pan.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes until golden on top.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow the muesli bar to cool completely in the tray.
  10. When it is cool, gently turn it onto a board.
  11. Use a sharp knife and cut into the desired length.

homemade fruit muesli bar recipe

Hints and Tips

  • Use small fine grade oats or the bars won’t hold together as well
  • The depth of the tray you use will affect the cooking time. The deeper the pan the longer the bars will take to cook.
  • Ensure that the cooked mixture is completely cool before attempting to remove it from the pan or it will crumble easily
  • Use a sharp knife to cut
  • I slice into 5 strips and then cut each strip in half
  • We avoid using nuts in the recipe as kinder is “nut free” but they are a good addition if this is not a consideration in your home or kinder/school.
  • Store for 1 week in an airtight tin or container

homemade fruit muesli bars

What flavour muesli bar is popular at your house?

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Comments

  1. What a great recipe Kyrstie. Tell me do you buy your seeds like pumpkin and flax seed in bulk somewhere? I am wanitng to buy more seeds, but find them expensive.

    Nic

  2. Hi Nic, thanks for your question. I usually buy about 250gms at a time at either the Sth Melboune or Queen Victoria Market. Store them in an airtight container. They are great to use in bread and muffins too.

  3. And Kyrstie arrives with a winner! x

  4. Awwww, thanks so much Maxabella, you are so lovely. I hope that you get a chance to give it a try :)

  5. This looks delicious…I love a good muesli slice x

  6. just followed your recipe and it turned out lovely :)

  7. Hi Claire thanks so much for taking the time to return and let me know. I am really pleased that you liked it.

  8. So happy to find a “granola” bar recipe that does not call for nuts or peanut butter. We have a peanut/tree nut allergy in our house and I’m very excited to try your recipe. It looks fantastic!

  9. Hi, i was wondering what the process was to dry your own fruit for muslie bars?

  10. Cindy from Seal Beach, CA, USA says:

    Hello, I just returned yesterday from visiting in Australia & NZ, where I had a museli slice (several!) for the first time. Wow! What a wonderful bit of culture. Haven’t yet unpacked, but had to look up muesli bars on the internet (first things first). Thanks for the recipe. Now if I can just figure out how to convert grams into cups, I’ll be set…

    • Hi Cindy,
      nice to have you stop by. I apologise for the delay in responding to you. I had no idea that Museli Bars were specific to Australia and NZ! You really do not have to be too fussy with the measurements in this recipe. So long as the mixture is quick thick and sticky when it goes into the pan and you keep the butter, egg and honey amounts the same as the recipe you should be fine. The conversions are – Oats – 210 grams, 1/2 cup of sultanas is about 80 grams, 1/4 cup cranberries is 40 grams With the apples just add a big handful (sorry none are in my panty to weigh! My guess would be 100 grams. Enjoy. Kyrstie

  11. Hi. Was wondering if these are soft or crunchy bars? I’m after soft ones for my 1 year olds. Also love love it being nut free!! Hubby is allergic to peanuts and he misses out on heaps of my cooking for the kids. I don’t have time to make two versions plus there are very few recipes that are actually but free. Thanks again

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