This super easy recipe for 6 ingredient, one bowl no bake homemade muesli bars is going to be your kids new favourite snack! Perfect for lunchboxes, they only take 10 minutes to make!
When it comes to muesli bars I feel like there are 2 distinct camps. The people who make really healthy bars that involve dates and a food processor and the people who decide that it's too hard to make your own muesli bars and just buy them.
Well to start with, neither of these are bad options! There are some amazing recipes out there but I am just not a huge fan of dates in bars as I find they make them so much sweeter than sugar and Sadie doesn't particularly like them either. And if you do your research there are definitely some great options for buying bars too.
But as you know, we are all about homemade over here and if I can make it easy to make something yourself, that's the goal!
I like to call these homemade muesli bars the middle ground bar! They have a very simple list of ingredients - rolled oats, rice bubbles, coconut oil, honey, a small amount of brown sugar and salt.
They are made in one bowl and are so simple to throw together. Just melt the honey, coconut oil and brown sugar together, stir through the oats and rice bubbles and press really firmly into a tin lined with baking paper. This helps the bars hold together better when they have set.
Are they sugar free?
No, these bars are not sugar free. They have honey for sweetness as well as a small amount of brown sugar which helps hold the bars together. I have tested them with and without the sugar and I found that the 1 tablespoon of brown sugar made them much easier to press into the tin and after sitting out of the fridge for a while, helped them hold together slightly better than without it. But try both ways and choose which you prefer!
And although they do have sugar in them, they are almost certainly still better than the bars you buy from the supermarket, so I'm calling this a win!
Can I add extras?
Yes of course! You could add dessicated coconut, dried cranberries or chopped apricots or chocolate chips. I would only add about ⅓ cup of extras as otherwise they won't hold together quite so well.
I also sometimes add 2 teaspoons of chia seeds for extra nutritional value and I find they also help hold the bars together a little better too.
How do you store them?
I store these bars in the fridge as it keeps the coconut oil solid and helps the bars hold together better and keep for longer. I have kept them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Do they hold together as well as bought bars?
No they don't. These bars are firm out of the fridge but after about 30 minutes (in summer) out of the fridge, they start to go quite soft. This isn't a problem, they still taste delicious! If you wanted them to hold together for longer, place the bars in the freezer and put a frozen bar in your kids lunchbox!
Other lunchbox ideas:
- Mini banana chocolate chip muffins
- Ham & cheese pizza rolls
- Easy slice & bake cookies (9 flavour ideas)
- Healthy banana oatmeal muffins
- No bake peanut butter chia bars
- Easy cheese scones
Your kids will love these bars - and you will feel good putting them in their lunchboxes!
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Here are some items I used to make this recipe:
Homemade Muesli Bars
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar (optional, see recipe note 1)
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 1 cup rolled oats (see recipe note 2)
- 1 cup rice bubbles (see recipe note 2)
- Line a 20cm x 20cm (8" x 8") square baking tin with baking paper.
- In a medium sized pot combine coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt. Cook over a medium heat until the mixture is melted and starts to bubble, then allow to bubble for 1 or 2 minutes.
- Take the pot off the heat and stir through the rolled oats and rice bubbles along with any mix ins you are using (except chocolate chips - if adding these, allow the mixture to cool for 15 minutes before stirring through) Make sure the mixture is well combined.
- Tip into the prepared baking tin and using your hands or the back of a spoon press the mixture down very firmly - this will help the bars to stick together.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes before carefully removing from the tin and slicing into bars.
- Store in the fridge for one week.
- I have tested them with and without the sugar and I found that the 1 tablespoon of brown sugar made them much easier to press into the tin and after sitting out of the fridge for a while, helped them hold together slightly better than without it. But try both ways and choose which you prefer!
- I have tried these with a few different combinations of oats and rice bubbles - you can do all oats for extra chewy bars, 1 ½ cup oats and ½ cup rice bubbles for bars with a bit of crunch and 1 cup of each for a happy medium!