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Apricot, Coconut and Pumpkin Seed Muesli Bars

This oat slice makes a yummy addition to the kids (and adults) lunch boxes. They’re basically home-made muesli bars, with apricots and some pumpkin seeds added for extra goodness.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Refrigerate Time 2 hrs
Course Snacks and Sides
Servings 8 Bars
Calories 315 kcal
Dairy Free, Kid Friendly

Ingredients
  

  • 100 g butter or coconut oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup dried apricots chopped
  • ½ sultanas or dried cranberries
  • ½ cup shredded/thread coconut or desiccated coconut
  • 1 ¾ cups fine rolled oats make sure you use fine rolled oats, not the large Jumbo rolled oats
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 170 degC/340 Fahrenheit. Line a square (18-20cm) baking tin with baking paper.
  • Melt butter/coconut oil and honey together in a medium-size pot or in a medium-sized bowl in the microwave. Stir in apricots, sultanas/cranberries, coconut, rolled oats, pumpkin seeds and salt until well combined.
  • Use the back of a spoon to firmly press mixture into lined baking tin and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown on top. When it comes out of the oven, press down on it with the back of a spoon again to make it firmer (so it doesn’t crumble apart).
  • Leave to cool in the tin then refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours until firm, before removing and cutting into 8 bars or 16 squares. Will keep in an air-tight container for about a week. Or can be frozen in an airtight container or snaplock bag for months.

Notes

They keep for about a week in the pantry or fridge (in an airtight container). They also freeze well too if you want to make a bigger batch. This recipe makes 8 muesli bar size servings, or you can cut them into smaller pieces to make little ‘muesli bar bites’ – perfect for a little treat. They’re nut-free and refined sugar-free, using honey and dried fruit for sweetness.
These muesli bars are quick and easy enough for the kids to make too.
*To make dairy-free – use coconut oil instead of butter