Muesli Bars

muesli bars

I grew up in a little country town. The population always floated around the 500 mark. My great gran lived next door. My grandma and grandpa lived across the road. My gran and pa lived a few blocks away. I never knew any different and I did take it for granted.

The friends I had were people I had literally known all of my life. Their parents grew up with my parents. They lived next door, a street a way or at the most a two minute drive from my home. We hung out all the time. Before school, after school and on weekends. I slept at their houses, they slept at mine. For seventeen years this crew was all I knew and I knew them well.

We spent the years playing netball, laughing loudly and running a muck. But as with all things there was change. School ended. I was one of the few who moved away. I got caught up in life, in searching for my own home. I seldom made it back.

This week I released my first cookbook. It is completely surreal! There has been many exciting moments. However, the minutes I have enjoyed the most were the ones I spent reading the messages from my old familiar friends. I cannot thank them enough for taking the time to write, nor can I express how much their thoughts, encouragement and support has meant to me. I love having them on my mind again, remembering the Saturdays at the footy, the summers at the pool and the parties in the shed. I look forward to laughing with them all again.

Muesli Bars

12 medjool dates, seeds removed

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup flaxseeds

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

1/4 cup goji berries

1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract

pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 175°C or 350° Fahrenheit. Grease and line a 20cm x 20cm cake tin.

Cover the dates with hot water while you gather your ingredients.

Drain the dates and blend them to a paste.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix well to combine.

Press the mixture firmly into your prepared tin. Place in the oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool briefly before flipping the slice onto a cooling rack. When it has completely cooled cut the slice into bars. Enjoy.

  • Simply beautiful and beautifully simple.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • bianca

      Thank you. x

  • Hello Bianca,

    Just wondering whether you blend in the rest of the ingredients to the processed dates or just mix by hand?

    Many thanks, Amber

    • I made them, and processed everything in the food processor. I added an extra tablespoon of brown rice syrup to help it bind together a bit more. My daughters loved them, thank you Bianca!! xo

      • bianca

        Thank you so much Amber!! I really appreciate the feedback. I am glad they have been successful for you!! Many thanks, Bianca

    • bianca

      Hi Amber, I keep it all in the food processor but when I add the other ingredients I just quickly pulse to combine so that I can keep the texture. I hope this helps. Bianca

  • Susanna

    Hi Bianca,
    How long will these keep?
    Susanna

    • bianca

      Hi Susanna, they keep really well. we have had a batch in the fridge for 4-5 days without any problems. I hope this helps. Bianca

  • Penny

    Hi Bianca,
    Where do you buy the medjool dates from?
    Thanks. Penny

    • bianca

      Hi Penny, you can get them from the fresh produce section of the supermarket. I hope this helps. Bianca

  • Laura

    Hi Bianca,
    They look delicious! Just wondering, how do you store them? Fridge or airtight container at room temperature?

    • bianca

      Hi Laura, they keep fine in an airtight container at room temp or in the fridge. Whichever you prefer will be fine. I tend to opt for the fridge but that’s just me. I hope you like them. Bianca

  • Casey

    Wow, your childhood/teenagehood sounds just like mine! Where did you grow up? You just briught back a lot of old memories… I’m looking forward to trying this recipe! I love the caramel jerseys too 🙂

    • bianca

      Thank you Casey. I grew up in a country town in western Victoria, where did you grow up? I am glad you like the Jersey Caramels. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Wendy

    What a beautiful blog post. I love letting my mind stop and swim in old memories of childhood times. Thanks for reminding us what a blessing that is. These sound yummy too. I look fwd to trying them soon! Thanks again. And congratulations on your cookbook. I can’t wait for it, I have put in my pre-order already. Love your work as always.

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Wendy!! I really appreciate that. xx

  • Belle

    I think I did this recipe wrong
    I wasnt sure whether to put all the ingredients in the food processor or not – so I just hand mixed all the ingredients really well, in with the ‘date paste’ and when I flipped it out of the tin, most of it crumbled everywhere (& I did firmly press it into the tin)… I will try again next week, but maybe I’ll process it all together?
    It did also seem a little dry, so I might add some honey next time too
    xx

    • bianca

      Hi Belle, I am sorry it hasn’t worked for you. Be sure to eat it as a muesli! I do make all of mine in the blender / food processor. Did you use medjool dates? Did you pre soak them? I hope this helps and that you have better luck next time. thanks, Bianca

      • Belle

        Hi Bianca,
        We have been eating it as “muesli bites” and the other bits as muesli 🙂 🙂
        They taste delicious, but no approval from Master 7 on this one (He is starting to make me think about tearing my hair out!! LOL)
        I did use Medjool dates & I did pre soak, I think it was just that I didnt put all the ingredients in the food processor – I will try that next time – thanks so much for your response 🙂

  • Paul

    I had the same problem as Belle above, they crumbled. It is still delicious though. I could not find medjool dates at the local stores, so I used honey dates. I think this will work fine with the honey dates, I just need to figure out the volume of ‘date paste’ I need to make it work. Any idea what the volume of the paste is from 12 medjool dates?

    • bianca

      No idea sorry!! I shall make more notes next time I make it. Let me know if you have success in the meantime. Thank you. Bianca

      • Paul

        I made this again and used about 30 honey dates. turns out the honey dates are about half the size of a medjool date. Anyway, they turned out perfectly.

        • Fabulous!! I am glad you liked it. Thank you.

  • Kristy

    Hi Bianca, is there a way to make them gluten free?

    • bianca

      I have always used oats but you could try quinoa flakes, rice flakes, coconut or a mix of these? I hope this helps.

  • Lill

    Ha!! This story did bring back so many memories – sometimes I wish we didn’t have to grow up!!!

    • bianca

      Absolutely!!! Good times Lil! I think of you often! Wish you all the best old friend! Anks. x

  • Anita

    Hi Bianca, is there something I could use instead of dates as I am fructose intolerent? Thanks 🙂

    • It may take a little playing around to get the quantities right but you can use a liquid sweetener. Do you have any fruits?

    • Audrey

      Rice syrup is a common substitution for people who can’t have fructose. 🙂

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  • Amy

    These are awesome! I soaked a few dried apricots with the dates and added another 1/2 cup of oats cause I’d run out of sunflower seeds. I even forgot to add the flax seeds and they’re still brilliant! Thanks for yet another awesome recipe Bianca 🙂

    • Perfect!!! Thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed them and I really appreciate you taking the time to write. I hope you find many recipes that you enjoy. x

  • Catherine kimmings

    These muesli bars are very yummy, all the family enjoyed them.
    I only added 1/4 cup of sunflower and flax seeds and made up the difference with hemp and chia seeds.

    • Perfect!!! Thank YOU!! I am glad they were enjoyed. x

  • sarah lyst

    This were perfect for me this morning. I’ve not been feeling very well and my appetite was very limited. I couldn’t face anything liquid, I just needed a drier, biscuity type thing and these were great, as well as very nutritious. Thank you 🙂

    • Thank YOU so much Sarah!! I really appreciate the feedback and I am glad you enjoyed them! I hope you are feeling better. x

  • sarah lyst

    Oh and I used sunflower seeds instead of flax seeds and added a tbsp of honey for my sweet tooth.