When that mid morning or afternoon hunger sets in, make sure you’re prepared with the right emergency foods to help keep you on the right track. Fresh fruit, trail mix or yoghurt make a terrific snack and so do these delicious home-made muesli bars that will take the edge off any hunger and are much healthier than the traditional store bought versions. These bars take around 5 minutes to mix up from your favourite bircher muesli combo then all you need to do is bake them. Like most muesli bars, I’ve made mine with rolled oats. The soluble fiber can help lower blood cholesterol and because they are low GI, they can provide lasting energy. If you’re on a gluten free or paleo diet just substitute the oats for nuts, seeds and sun-dried fruit. My muesli bars provide a good source of protein to help keep you fuller for longer and I’ve used a little olive oil which is kind to the arteries and anti-inflammatory to the body.
3 cups (350g) natural bircher muesli
½ cup (50g) LSA – (ground linseed + almonds + sunflower seed)
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
1/4 cup (60 ml) honey
Preheat oven to 160 C. fan forced. Combine muesli, LSA, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, olive oil and honey in one large bowl until mixed through.
Spoon into a baking tin lined with baking paper.
Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until golden.
Cool then cut into 16 pieces.
Nutrition Per slice:
Protein: 4.5 g
Total fat: 8.3 g
Saturated: 1.2 g
Fiber: 2.6 g
Carbs: 16.4 g
For gluten free or paleo diets substitute bircher muesli with 3 cups combined (almond meal, seeds, walnuts + sun-dried dried fruit).
LSA is a mixture of ground linseed sunflower seed and almonds you can buy at your local health food store or supermarket. You can also replace this with 100% ground almonds or linseeds (flaxseeds).
For those with egg allergies, replace with mashed banana in the recipe.
These bars will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Store in the fridge.