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I just made the best muesli bars! - update with nut free substitutes (post #1)

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#1 Snot stew

Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:37 PM

OMG yuuuummmmm.

From here

I am very much enjoying this clean eating thing original.gif


So after quite a bit of experimenting I have found that substituting pumpkin seeds (pepitas) for the nuts, and Unhulled Tahini (which is sesame spread) for the peanut butter works as well.  At first I left out the choc chips but upon further testing, I've found that the way they melt into the mixture a bit during the mixing of the dry and wet ingredients actually helps a lot with preventing the muesli bars from crumbling later.  I've also found that puffed wheat stays in the bars much better than the puffed millet (probably due to size I'm guessing).

So now the kids have a nut free version to take to school, and a nut version they can eat at home... they seem to prefer the nut version but that hasn't stopped them from eating the entire nut free tray in less than a week.

Hope that helps original.gif

Further edit to add - they do cost a bit to make if you buy all organic ingredients, I have to admit that not all mine are organic.  Mine probably cost about 70c a bar.

Edited by Orange Underpants, 05 March 2013 - 10:38 AM.

#2 OscarAndTilly

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:51 PM

They sound great. We're they very expensive to make?

#3 RainyDays

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:54 PM

Yum!  I've made a similar recipe, minus nuts so they didn't cause a problem with kindy.

My issue was that when the warm ingredients mixed with the grains and chocolate chips, all the chocolate chips just melted.

#4 beaglebaby

Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:56 PM

I got all excited seeing them, then realised they had peanuts in them, thought never mind, I'll work around that - then got to the peanut butter too.  It is really difficult to make really healthy things that the kids can take to school, I made a whole batch of muffins the other day and then realised they couldn't take them as I'd put LSA in - no nuts at all allowed.  Oh well, more for me!

#5 JaneLane

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:02 PM

Yum, I've been making to have a go at making some, I will have to try that recipe out!

#6 Missy Shelby

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:09 PM

They sound delicious OP, thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe!

#7 Snot stew

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:33 PM

Yeah the kids can't take them to school.  But I am going to experiment with some other things to replace the peanut butter now that I know they come out okay.  Then you can just leave out the whole nuts too.

I'll keep you updated!

#8 TobiasFLK

Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:43 PM

They sound awesome

#9 Tall Poppy

Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:54 PM

They sound very yummy.

You could just use them as an after school snack. I'd have loved them as a kid.

#10 Snot stew

Posted 05 March 2013 - 10:39 AM

See update in post #1

#11 beaglebaby

Posted 05 March 2013 - 03:53 PM

Thanks Orange Undies, once I have the cake stall baking out of the way I'm going to give these a try:)  Love your update, not just for the nut free version but also for them being less crumbly, the last lot of muesli bars I made the kids turned into crumbs in their lunchboxes.

#12 skylark

Posted 05 March 2013 - 04:02 PM

Those look delicious, but seriously the "clean, healthy" label is bogus. Just have them because they are tasty, and homemade so you know what's in there, but they are neither "clean" nor "healthy". Clean-er or healthi-er than getting the commercial version though!

#13 Snot stew

Posted 05 March 2013 - 04:43 PM

LOL.  They are mostly clean, and mostly healthy.  They are full of good fats and protein.  I don't think it's bogus at all.

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