If you are looking for a quick snack to grab and munch on the way to work in the morning, or after the gym, then it is often tempting to buy a “not so healthy” energy bar. Many of the shop bought so called “energy bars” seem to be packed with lots of extra fat and sugar, plus they are pretty expensive for what they are.
It’s much more cost effective and healthier to make your own snack bars, as you can control what goes into them. It’s also a great way to use up those brown looking bananas going ripe in your fruit bowl which you had every good intention of eating!
My fabulously tasty and slightly chewy Muesli Bars are made with unsweetened muesli but also contain fresh banana which provides potassium, nuts and seeds which provide some protein, vitamin E and omega oils plus dried fruit which provides fibre. If you are following a gluten free diet, then just use gluten free muesli in the recipe.
Make sure you use a good quality luxury brand muesli with plenty of nuts and dried fruit. Unsweetened Muesli is best so that you are not adding any extra sugar to your bars. Feel free to vary the recipe adding any additional flavours, nuts, dried fruit or seeds you fancy.
Just remember, however, that as this recipe contains nuts, it is not suitable for anyone with a nut allergy.
My yummy bars keep well in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 3 days or you can freeze them…..but I doubt they will last that long! Apart from the nut butter and small amount of honey, there is no other added sugar or fat in these bars. The sweetness will come from the banana and dried fruit in the muesli. Enjoy!
2 very ripe peeled bananas
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of cashew nut butter or peanut butter
About 2 cups of unsweetened muesli
Optional extras; more nuts, seeds, dried coconut or dried fruit
Mash the bananas and mix with all the other ingredients. You need to add enough muesli to give a stiff cookie consistency. If it’s too dry add more nut butter. If it’s too wet add more muesli.
Bake in a non stick, lined or stoneware bar pan at 160C for about 15 min or until starting to firm up and go golden brown on top. Mark into bars using a knife when they come out of the oven .
Use a spatula to remove once cooled. They will firm up more on cooling. They should be firm but with a sticky slightly soft chewy texture and will taste absolutely delicious!