Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Homemade Nut Free Muesli Bars

I've jumped on the nut free wagon since Tricky's anaphylaxis reaction. Whilst he can handle peanuts I wanted to try my hand at some nut free muesli bars for two reasons:

Firstly to see if they tasted as awful and bland as they looked... they did.

And secondly so I could give them to him to take to his little nut allergy parties where all the anaphylaxis kids get together and compare EpiPen carriers or some shit.

So, as always, I threw out the different recipes I'd seen and decided to take what I'd learned to create my own... and they're pretty damn tasty if I do say so myself. The Wonder Couple have declared them "better than the shop bought muesli bars". High praise indeed!

Nut Free Muesli Bars

  • 120g of margarine
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 cups of oats
  • 1 cup of crushed cornflakes 
  • 1 1/2 cups of mixed dried fruit* - this is the important bit so make sure you have a variety, I use a combination of currants, sultanas, cranberries, blueberries, cherries, apricots and even a little peel. This is where the total nom factor comes from! If you just use sultanas it is BOR-ING!
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds

  • In a big bowl combine all your dry ingredients and the super awesome selection of dried fruit
  • Combine margarine, honey and sugar in a saucepan and melt together, bring to the boil for 3-4 minutes stirring continuously - it will froth and thicken slightly
  • Pour the contents of the saucepan in to the bowl and stir until the whole mix is wet and sticky
  • Dump the mix in to a lined slice tray, push down as firmly as you can and bake at 180C for 15-20 minutes
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool (whack it in the fridge to speed it up) then cut to size - bars or squares, I ain't fussy
It is slightly crumbly so make sure you wait until it's completely firmed in the fridge before cutting - if you get impatient because it looks so amazing then you'll end up with crumbs everywhere. If it happens though, scrape them all together form little balls - the honey means they'll still stick together. Muesli balls FTW!

Happy baking!

*I go to the local bulk food store and get a little scoop of all the dried fruits I want so I don't have to pay for giant packets of dried fruit that will take forever to get eaten


  1. I have failed at converting other muesli bar recipes to be nut free about 4 times and given up...   thank goodness you've done the hard work for me!!  My annoying nut allergic girls will thank you!

  2. Sweet, our local community centre just went 100% nut free, not even "may contain traces of nuts" so this is timely. Might leave out the sesame though, I don't know if that counts as a nut? I need a bulk store, I have way too many packets of half eaten stuff. They are all nuts though!

  3. Margarine?! Get on the butter bandwagon.


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