There is something about making your own snacks that make them extra tasty.
With the amount of processed ingredients and hidden sugar in commercial muesli bars it is worth investing in making your own. This allows you to control the amount of sugar as well as ensure you are adding in essential nuts and seeds specific to plant-based eating. This recipe is quick, easy and simple whilst incorporating a variety of healthy fats (including omega 3’s), and added fibre.
The only thing you need to worry about is deciding how chewy you like your bars!
- 150g mixed nuts e.g. almonds, pecans, brazil, walnut
- 40g seeds e.g. hemp, chia, pepita
- 200g dates, pitted
- 80g almond butter
- 1 tbsp rice malt syrup
- 2 tsp coconut oil/Nuttalex buttery, melted
- 2tsp apple puree
- 1 tsp almond essence
- 180g rolled oats, raw
- Soak the dates in boiling water for 10 minutes.
- Roast the mixed nuts for 10 minutes in a preheated oven at 180Fan/200*C until lightly brown and smelling fragrant. Pulse the nuts briefly in a food processor to crumble them slightly. Place in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- Drain the dates and add to the food processor and blend until jammy. Add the almond butter, rice malt syrup, coconut oil/spread, apple puree, almond essence and process until fully combined and smooth.
- Add the date mixture to the nuts along with the seeds and oats and then use a spoon and your hands to mix well.
- Transfer the mix to a line baking dish or tray (roughly 20 x 17 cm) and press down firmly to compact the mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Once the bars are set, cut into 12 bars and keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.