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Marvel Muesli Bars

Store bought muesli or granola bars are a great snack to turn if you can find one that’s not stuffed with processed oils and sugars. Dietitian Kaitlyn Bruschi discussed the best and worst muesli bars in an interview with the Huffington post. To find the right muesli bar, Bruschi recommends ignoring all the “all natural”, “nature”, “no added sugar”, “lite” and “organic” words and claims. She concluded “Making your own is definitely a great option. It would go a long way to cut down on the massive ingredient lists some of these products have,”

For a long time, I’ve been trying to mimic that gooey taste of Nature Valley granola bars, but mine always came out of the oven like slabs of cement.

Sometimes I omitted the brown sugar, other times I relented, adding just a few tablespoons. It certainly plays a big role in the softness.

muesli bars on wooden board

Recently I decided to do some research and found that freezing instead of baking it helps. The first time I tried this method I added too much butter – it was a crumble. I gave it another go and after taking it out of the freezer to cut it up I was expecting to turn it into a bowl of muesli again.  This time, however, I was surprised when it cut into perfect bars, and just how well the butter and honey held everything together without the help of that extra brown sugar.

muesli bar in tray before cutting

You can add or swap whichever fruits or nuts you choose to this basic recipe. Fill it up with seeds. Throw in a handful of dried ginger. Dress them up for the kids, if you have to! Have fun.

Here’s my version – as basic as you can get: Sultana, Almond, and Dark Chocolate

muesli bar in colourful wrapper
Marvel Muesli Bar Recipe
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    Ingredients
    • A handful of sultanas
    • 2 1/4 cups oats
    • 2/3 cup almonds
    • 1/3 cup honey
    • 3/4 cup butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract or powder
    • Topping
    • 1/4 cup almonds
    • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
    • A sprinkle of sea salt * optional
    Ingredients
    • A handful of sultanas
    • 2 1/4 cups oats
    • 2/3 cup almonds
    • 1/3 cup honey
    • 3/4 cup butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract or powder
    • Topping
    • 1/4 cup almonds
    • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
    • A sprinkle of sea salt * optional
      Instructions
      1. Blend the almonds into coarse pieces, and place along with the sultanas and oats on a baking tray. Bake for 5 minutes and stir around, then continue baking for another 5 minutes.
      2. Meanwhile melt the butter, honey and vanilla in a saucepan, over medium heat. Let it boil an extra 2 minutes.
      3. When the oat mixture is ready, tip into a glass bowl, and mix in the butter-honey. Stir until combined, and then pour into a greased casserole.
      4. Press down until the surface is firm. This can take a few minutes, and the mixture should still be hot (I had to use a spatula, which really helped).
      5. Chop up the almonds in halves and press down into the muesli.
      6. Leave to cool completely and then add the chocolate chips (you don’t want them to melt and lose shape) Sprinkle with a bit of salt, if you prefer more of a salty-sweet taste.
      Recipe Notes

      You can add or swap whichever fruits or nuts you choose to this basic recipe. Fill it up with seeds. Throw in a handful of dried ginger. Dress them up for the kids, if you have to! Have fun.

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      By | 2017-05-15T16:45:37+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Real Food|0 Comments

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