This is such an easy and tasty recipe that is perfect for lunch boxes.
I guess they aren’t really ‘muesli’ bars as they don’t contain oats! But you can certainly use oats instead of quinoa if you like.
Quinoa (pronounced KeenWah) is incredibly nutritious – it’s very high in protein. Combined with all the seeds and eggs, these bars will have you fuelled up and ready to go!
HOT TIP: You can use any combination of dried fruits,nuts and seeds – as long as the mixture you add to the eggs equals 5 cups.
Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Muesli Bars
Vital Stats: gluten free, grain free, dairy free, nut free, refined sugar free
Okay, so this is what you need:
1/2 cup organic quinoa, dry
1 cup dried apple
1 cup organic sultanas
1/2 cup dried organic figs
1/2 cup organic sunflower seeds
1/2 cup organic pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/2 cup organic shredded coconut
1/4 cup organic chia seeds
1/4 cup organic sesame seeds
3 organic, free range eggs
2 tablespoons organic maple syrup or honey (optional)
2 teaspoons organic ceylon cinnamon
2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
Hot tip: choose organic dried fruit where you can, as it doesn’t contain preservatives.
Okay, so this is how you do it:
Preheat the oven to 160° celsius. Line a slice tray with a non-toxic baking paper.
Rinse the quinoa really well (I soak for a bit and then rinse). This is really important as quinoa has a bitter saponins that coat it and need to be removed.
Cook the quinoa in a saucepan with 1 cup of filtered water. It will take about ten minutes. You will know it’s cooked because it becomes translucent.
HOT TIP: Make extra quinoa and store it in the fridge or freezer. It’s fantastic added to a salad or used instead of rice.
Cool the quinoa right down (you don’t want scrambled eggs)!
Chop the apple and figs. You can use the food processor or thermomix to do this.
Mix all the ingredients together well. I like to get my hands in and give it a good massage!
Press it firmly down into the slice tin and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked.
I cover the slice halfway through the cooking time with some baking paper so it doesn’t burn on top.
Cool on a wire rack before slicing with a bread knife into bars.
These freeze really well, so make a double batch and you will always have some on hand!
Makes about 12 large bars.
Check out my 10 Healthy Muesli Bar recipes.