Fruit ‘N’ Nut Muesli Bars

2013-02-13
  • Servings : 10
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 60m
  • Ready In : 1:10 h

All kids love a muesli bar, don’t they? Not a lot of good can be said about the store bought variety unfortunately – but thankfully, making them yourself couldn’t be simpler. Homemade Fruit ‘n’ nut muesli bars are full of all things good. They’re great in lunch boxes, or as a mid-morning snack and you probably have all the ingredients in the pantry.

Nutrition Note:  Packed full of taste and nutrition, including good quality carbohydrates, protein and fibre, these muesli bars offer long lasting energy for your busy little bodies.

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Ingredients

  • 50g rolled oats
  • 50g macadamia nuts, roughly crushed (or cashews)
  • 150g unsulphured apricots, chopped
  • 100g unsulphered raisins
  • 4 tbsp fresh apple or orange juice
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tbsp shredded or desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Note: add extra seeds if required for nut allergies
  • Note: many dried fruit brands add sulphur to retain colour, check your labels carefully

Method

Step 1

Put the oats and nuts in a dry frying pan over medium and toss to toast for a few minutes. Once the oats turn golden set aside to cool. -

Step 2

Put the apricots, raisins and juice in a food processor and process to a paste. Place the paste in a mixing bowl. -

Step 3

Put the oats, nuts, seeds and coconut in a food processor and process until finely chopped (be sure to check for whole nuts as these can pose a choking risk in small children). Combine the mixture with the fruit paste and stir to combine. -

Step 4

Line a 18 x 25cm slice tin with baking paper. Spread the mixture evenly over the base, you want to aim for around 1 - 1.5cm thick. Place in the fridge to chill for at least an hour then slice into bars. -

Step 5

Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. -

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Nyree on February 17, 2013

    Does unsulphered mean no preservative 220?

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    • posted by Allie on February 17, 2013

      It will say sulphur in the ingredients list if it’s there. If it doesn’t include it you’re safe ;) Ax

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    • posted by Debra on October 14, 2013

      @ Nyree, if a product has any preservative in the range of 220-228 it will have sulphites in it.

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  2. posted by Nyree on February 23, 2013

    These are awesome. I forgot to add my comment!! Finn inhaled them. Our friends and family were so impressed too. Making another batch now. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • posted by Allie on February 23, 2013

      Yay :) so glad he liked them, thanks for letting us know Ax

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  3. posted by Fernanda on February 23, 2013

    Hi Allie :) Would you recommend this recipe for a 14 months baby, haven’t given nuts to my boy yet!! Great website &recipes! Thank you :)

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    • posted by Allie on February 24, 2013

      Hi Fernanda, thanks for your message. Unfortunately I can’t say if this is appropriate for your boy as each child develops so differently and I am not sure what texture your baby is eating :) We do have a great post about nuts though if you were interested in new ways of introducing them: http://onehandedcooks.com.au/babies-go-nuts/ Hope that helps. All the best Ax

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  4. posted by Terri on March 7, 2013

    I made a batch of these and shared them with my mothers group and they were a huge hit! Especially for the mums of bubs with dairy intollerances, they were perfect! One tip to save on washing up, process the dry ingredients in your food processor, and then do the fruit second so that you don’t have to wash the bowl midway through :-)

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    • posted by Allie on March 7, 2013

      Hi Terri, thanks for your comment it is really great for us to hear your feedback. Love the tip – thank you for sharing :) Ax

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  5. posted by Fernanda on April 24, 2013

    Thank you for your coomment Allie :-) I will try to make it this weekend, I know now he doesnt have problem with nuts. I find most of the brands have sulphur, which brand do you use for dried fruit please ? Thank you

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    • posted by Allie on April 24, 2013

      Hi Fernanda, yes most of them do contain sulphur, which is a shame. I find the health food sections of most supermarkets often have good quality dried fruit you can buy that doesn’t contain any additives (the fruit often looks darker). I hope that helps :) Allie x

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    • posted by DJ on July 14, 2014

      Some Woolworths stores stock Macro Organic Turkish apricots and sultanas that are sulphite free.

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  6. posted by Joanna on June 3, 2013

    These are delicious! The first batch was gone in no time. Just about to make another.

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  7. posted by Kylie on June 16, 2013

    Can these be frozen?

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    • posted by Allie on June 17, 2013

      Yes they can :) Ax

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  8. posted by Amy on September 19, 2013

    These are so delicious. I rolled the mixture into bite sized balls…. Now I can’t stop eating them!

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    • posted by Allie on September 19, 2013

      Love it :) Ax

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  9. posted by Debra on October 14, 2013

    @ Nyree, if a product has any preservative in the range of 220-228 it will have sulphites in it.

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  10. posted by Sonja on January 20, 2014

    delicious! Not so much a hit with my 4 year old but I think I will use them myself for a quick afternoon pick me up! Yum

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  11. posted by Mel on January 25, 2014

    Do you think I could use chopped fresh apricots in this recipe? I have those…..

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    • posted by Allie on January 29, 2014

      Hi Mel, you could try? They might not be as sticky though so you will need to play with the amount of other ingredients. Also, they might not last as long in the fridge as you are using fresh fruit. Ax

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  12. posted by Kirsten on February 18, 2014

    Hi, I’m really enjoying your website. I thought I’d try making these but wasn’t sure about the coconut. Do you mean fresh coconut, coconut oil, dessicated coconut…?

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  13. posted by Leonie Cavill on April 2, 2014

    I made these today and have had it in the fridge for a few hours – the texture is very “gooey” – is this right? Not at all muesli bar texture. I wonder if I’ve done something wrong??

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  14. posted by Carolyn on December 12, 2014

    Perfect snack for breast feeds overnight. Nice to know I’m eating something with a good amount of nutritants rather than processed sugar loaded snacks. Better for bubs and myself. There also so much cheaper than buying normal bars. Worked out to be just over $4 if you just buy the quantities required from those pick and mix stations

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  15. posted by Hayni Aiken on February 20, 2016

    Yum! Yum! Yum! So easy to make and a perfect recipe to keep a three year old occupied for half an hour ☺️
    Amazing how sweet it is without any sugar in it. This will now be a regular snack item in our house.

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