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Grain Free Muesli Bars


grain free muesli bars
I have said it before and I will say it again, I have fabulous neighbours.
Before moving here neither my husband nor I had purchased a property. This was our first. We saw it online while living on the other side of the country. We decided to check it out when we came for his job interview. We walked into the empty rooms and saw our home. It felt perfect. We looked no further.
What I didn’t realise on that day was that this purchase was going to be about so much more than four walls. That buying this property would also lead to meeting a beautiful family and a lady I would soon call one of my closest friends.
I met her husband first. He saved me when I was stranded outside, in the sun, with a huge pregnant belly, a three year old, no keys to my locked home or my car and no phone to call my husband or anybody else.
He lent me his phone and invited me to wait at their place, my husband would be several hours away.
He opened his door and introduced me to his wife.
I sat on her playroom floor. I relayed my story, she relayed hers. I knew straight away that I liked her a lot. I hoped she liked me too, in a nervous, new kid on the block kind of way.
From that day on we have been regulars at their place. Together they have raised four beautiful children and my kids love nothing more than hanging out at their house.
This lady constantly amazes me. She juggles so much; work, four children, her immaculate home, after school activities, and well, life. Yet she is always offering to help, genuinely, not just saying the words. She is always bringing my kids toys and is much better at this birthday thing than I will ever be. She is gorgeous, real and honestly just too lovely for words.
She is my little, little friend with a big, big heart. I admire her as a person; I learn from her as a parent, I love her as a friend. I feel blessed that she has stumbled into my world, or rather, that I stumbled into hers.

Grain Free Muesli Bars

1/2 cup dried apricots

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup desiccated coconut

1/4 cup flax seeds

1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a 20cm x 20cm tin with baking paper.

Place the apricots and raisins into your blender or food processor and blend until well combined and sticking together. Add in the remaining ingredients and pulse to combine, leaving some texture. Using damp hands press the mixture firmly into your tin bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool and cut into squares.

If you would like them to be thicker you could use a loaf tin.


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Bek February 3, 2014 - 8:09 pm

HI there .. love your recipes and thank you so much for posting them ! Ive got everything in my cupboard to make these muesli bars except for the flax seeds …. any possible substitutions ? or even alternatives to bulk out the muesli bars a bit more ?? rice puffs etc … ? Cheers

Bianca Slade February 8, 2014 - 7:13 am

Hi Bek, you could try the rice puffs or oats. You can use chia seed in place of the flax seeds. I hope this helps.

HP March 26, 2014 - 11:25 am

Yum! I used dates & white mulberries instead of raisins & apricots, a 50:50 mix of sesame and hemp seeds instead of pepitas, and chia instead of flaxseeds. The recipe is very forgiving of so many substitutions, and delicious! Also good rolled into balls as is for a raw treat. So good to have lunchbox-friendly recipes!

Bianca Slade March 31, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Thankyou! I love your variations. Rolling into balls is a great idea!! I’ll be sure to do that. x

Nat June 20, 2014 - 8:38 pm

Hello, what could I use instead of the sunflower seeds please? I’d like to make this tonight but don’t have sunflower seeds. I have flax, pumpkin, chia, sesame but not sunflower. If there isn’t a substitute I will wait until tomorrow. Thanks!

bianca June 21, 2014 - 9:14 am

Sorry I did not get to this last night. I would try pumpkin seeds, or a mix of pumpkin and sesame. I hope this helps and that you enjoy the bars. Bianca

eli_moucha April 6, 2015 - 5:03 am

I was missing a few bits for the recipe (Easter Sunday, shops closed…) but decided to give it a go anyway after looking at previous comments: no pumpkin seeds, dates instead of apricots and oats for flax. Although I would like to try the original at some stage, the “cupboard version” turn out to be scrumptious! Thank you so much, Bianca, for your recipes. I always felt that free-from recipes involved sacrificing on flavour until I came across your site. I have since made a few of your addictive treats and will never look back. I will keep spreading the word!

Bianca Slade April 7, 2015 - 2:07 pm

That is lovely to hear!!!! Thank YOU!! Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. x


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