I was inspired recently to try my hand at making something normally totally out of my comfort zone – my own muesli bars, from scratch.
Crazy, I know!
I am absolutely, positively positive that I have previously mentioned somewhere on this blog how I am “not much of a baker”. I’m not lying, not even a little bit. My style of cooking is relaxed and usually involves some “guest-imations” and more than a bit of luck.
Don’t get me wrong; I love cooking, but when it comes to baking the devil is in the detail. So the idea of making my own muesli bars was daunting. But thanks to Clean and Simple Eating from Lorna Jane I had a good base to build from.
I decided to make my own muesli bars as part of the Lorna Jane Fit Challenge mostly with ingredients I already had in my kitchen. To make things easy for you dear reader, I have put together some general outlines to work from, as well as the recipe for my creation. As always, feel free to tweak, change and add as you see fit.
The recipe is really much more of a guideline with suggestions for base ingredients, binders and delicious additions. The muesli bars could also work as raw or baked.
For base items the book suggests ingredients like oats, nut meal and flour.
For binders the recipe recommends ingredients like banana, honey, eggs, nut butter and coconut oil.
For additions you might like to include nuts, seeds, berries, spices, protein powder, dried fruit or desiccated coconut. You can also use these ingredients to top your muesli bar.
Then either blend all the ingredients together and set in the fridge, or mix and bake in the oven.
- 2½ cups of oats
- 4 eggs
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 12 dates
- 2 tablespoons of pepitas
- 1 tablespoon of slivered almonds
- 2 tablespoons of LSA mix
- 2 tablespoons of cacao powder
- ¼ cup of dried cranberries
- ½ cup of nuts (peanuts and cashews)
- 3 tablespoons of desiccated coconut
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
Add your base ingredient, in this case oats, to a big mixing bowl. Add in binder ingredients including eggs, coconut oil and honey. Finely dice dates and mix into the oats mixture.
Mix in pepitas, nuts, LSA mix, cacao powder, cranberries and 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut until you have a moist mixture.
Divide up mixture into muesli bar shapes on a non-stick pan. Top with the remaining desiccated coconut and chia seeds, and bake in a moderate oven until dry.
Makes fifteen muesli bars.