Gluten Free, Nut Free, Homemade Muesli Bar Recipe

Gluten Free, Nut Free, Homemade Muesli Bar Recipe

Gluten Free, Nut Free, Homemade Muesli Bar Recipe

homemade muesli bars

Gluten Free, Nut Free, Homemade Muesli Bar Recipe

Yes please! Perfect for keeping everyone happy at 3pm :)


Happy March lovelies! Here it is… Gluten Free, Nut Free, Homemade Muesli Bar Recipe!

Can you believe it? There’s only 297 days until Christmas!! Yaaayyy…!??? Yeah, OK even I think it might be a bit early to start thinking along those lines.

One thing I do think about, pretty much constantly though is food, not much of a surprise, is it? But I have to say, I am as much an eater as I am a cooker/baker. My number 1 pain point is almost always what to have for a quick, easy, not horrendously bad for you snack (a jar of Nutella is considered bad right?!).

A gorgeous slice or homemade muesli bar is usually my go to in these instances and they can be the perfect antidote for those school lunch box woes or 3pm hangries, until you consider all of the limitations.lunchbox muesli bars

I mean let’s look at how many restrictions you can find at school these days, with most banning not just nuts. The obvious substitute in a homemade muesli bar then would be oats, right? Well, sadly, not if you’re a coeliac!

Oats and Gluten

Though oats don’t actually contain wheat, they do contain a similar protein to gluten that can (in a small percentage) affect coeliacs and gluten intolerant people. Most oats in Australia also tend to be processed on the same machines as wheat and barley products, therefore cross-contaminating them. This can be a real problem if you’re particularly sensitive. This is also why you no longer see Gluten Free Oats on the shelves in Australia.

So there was my problem, what delicious snack or slice could I make without nuts or oats? It had me baffled, for a while anyway.

Then I got my hands on a bag of gorgeous Pura Veda 9 Living Seeds from my local health food store. Honest to goodness I had one of those light bulb moments. Why couldn’t I make muesli bars entirely from seeds and dried fruit? Well, that’s exactly what I did and they turned out even better than I imagined.

So if you need a quick, simple snack, or something more interesting to pack in tomorrow’s school lunch box, then you need to check this recipe out!

Gluten Free, Nut Free, Homemade Muesli Bar Recipe

(Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free Option available)

Makes: 12 large squares or 24 small bars
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Refrigerate Time: 2 Hours +

Ingredients:

3 Cups Pura Veda 9 Living Seeds Mix with Dried Raisins (or any other similar, full blend seed mix)
1 ¼ Cups Desiccated Coconut
½ Cup Dried Apple – cut into small pieces
¼ Cup Dried Mixed Peel
½ Cup Honey
125g Unsalted Butter (or Nuttelex dairy free spread if DF)
¼ Cup Loose Packed Brown Sugar

*Optional Extras! A drizzle of melted dark chocolate over the top takes these babies to a whole new level. You can also add in whatever dried fruit you like, my seed mix already contained dried raisins, so if yours doesn’t just throw in 1 Cup of Sultanas. Dried Cranberries or Blueberries also make awesome additions if you’re looking for more pop!*

Gluten Free, Nut Free, Homemade Muesli Bar Recipe Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180° Celsius Fan Forced (if you don’t have a fan available, bump the heat to 200°). Line a 34cm x 24cm pan with a piece of baking paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl throw all of your dry ingredients together and give them a good stir. You really can go to town and add in any little extras that you like to personalise it. If you’re not making these bars for school lunch boxes then you could certainly throw in ½ Cup of almonds or peanut or any of your other favourite nuts too!
  3. Place your honey, butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Be sure to only loosely pack your brown sugar into your measuring cup. I would really call it a scant ¼ Cup (so not filling it entirely to the top!). If you overdo it, it will be way too sweet!
  4. Place over a medium heat and stir slowly until all of the ingredients are melted and come together. Bring to the boil, before returning to a medium heat and simmering for 2 more minutes.
  5. Carefully pour your liquids into your dry ingredients and start mixing. Coat everything thoroughly before tipping out into your prepared tin, evening out and flattening with the back of a spoon. Press down firmly to ensure it all sticks together.
  6. Pop it straight into your hot oven for 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool fully before transferring to the fridge to set for a minimum of 2 hours (or until solid). Don’t try to remove the slice from the pan until it has had a chance to chill… it will still be soft and fall apart!
  7. Once completely cold and set you can cut into squares, drizzle with a little melted dark chocolate to add that little something extra and keep stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a week!
  8. Yum!
    homemade muesli bar with chocolate

    Gluten Free, Nut Free, Homemade Muesli Bar Recipe


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