Baked Muesli Oatmeal Bars

Today is the final day of our winter break. It always makes me a little sad when my kids have to go back to school. It’s so nice to have everyone home, even if they spent nearly every minute secluded in their bedrooms. What is it with pre-teens and teenagers that make them want to stay in their rooms? There are some days when I feel like an empty-nester. It’s just me and my hubby hanging out together, with both kids hiding upstairs. I don’t remember spending so much time in my room as a teen. Is this normal?! 

One thing that is sure to bring them out of their caves is something tasty baking in the oven. The wonderful aroma drifts through the house and soon enough…doors open and children appear! 

 Baked Muesli Oatmeal Bars

Muesli… I love this stuff :D  If you haven’t had this, muesli is a mixture of whole grains wheat, rye, barley, oats, dates, sunflower seeds, raisins, flaxseed, almonds, and walnuts. I’d say it is similar to uncooked granola, with added fruits and nuts. I like Bob’s Red Mill Muesli because it doesn’t contain anything artificial nor any preservatives.

Whole grains such as oats can help lower blood cholesterol levels and the soluble fiber helps to prevent a spike in blood sugar levels after a meal. 

We need anywhere from 20-35 grams of fiber everyday, starting with breakfast is always a great idea- if you plan on meeting your full intake. 

The Institute of Medicine guidelines for dietary fiber are:

Women (Age 50 and younger) – 25 grams/day
Women (Age 51 and older) – 21 grams/day

Men (Age 50 and younger) – 38 grams/day
Men (Age 51 and older) – 30 grams/day

 

Baked Muesli Oatmeal Bars

 

This recipe is super easy to make for breakfast or a snack. I use unsweetened applesauce and vanilla almond milk for some moisture and flavor. You will also notice that I let it muesli and oats sit while the oven is heating. This allows the grains to absorb the liquids to ensure that they are soft for baking.

 

Baked Muesli Oatmeal Bars
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Serves: 9
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup muesli
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine muesli and oats. Add in brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine.
  2. Stir in egg, applesauce and vanilla to bowl.
  3. Pour in milk, stir until combine.
  4. Heat oven to 375 degrees
  5. Pour muesli mixture into an 8 x 8 baking dish coated with non-stick spray.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
  7. Cut into 9 bars.

 

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Baked Muesli Oatmeal Bars

These Baked Muesli Oatmeal Bars are delicious! They are so fragrant and soft, almost like a muffin.  Every bite is filled with oats, nuts, and raisins. These are sure to keep you full and satisfied. You can store these in the refrigerator in a sealed container for several days. Microwave for 30 seconds and they are just as delicious as when they came out of the oven. 

 

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Comments

  1. consuelohoneyandfigs says:

    These look like a perfect breakfast/snack! I’m a lover of muesli too adn I’m always looking for new ways to eat it. These are perfect :D

    • Thanks Consuelo! I still can’t get over how easy to make these are. Makes breakfast less work. Just grab and go :D

  2. What awesome breakfast bars! I have never tried baking with muesli before but it sounds great and love all the wholesome grains packed into these bars :) Love how easy these are to whip up too!

    • Kelly, if you like regular muesli, you will love these Baked Muesli Oatmeal Bars. They are a great breakfast and keep you feeling full!

  3. This looks delicious Cindy! I love simple, easy-to-make breakfast items like this that are grab-and-go and taste good. I love it! I have to admit – I was never one of those kids that stayed in my room – I think times have changed!

    • I agree Kristi, I love simple, easy to make breakfast foods. One less thing to think about. I’m thinking you are right, it must be this generation and their digital/ wi-fi world. I guess the only good thing is my youngest spends 95% of her time reading.

  4. Oh, I was wondering where I got this lovely recipe! I’m glad I stumbled upon it again. I made them for our Christmas brunch as a diet-friendly alternative to granola bars (added some pear chunks to it too). I think my sister ate half of them all by herself… I haven’t tried them for breakfast yet though, so I think I just found the perfect excuse to make them again!

  5. I love the idea of adding pears to these. That sounds really good! I’ve done apples and blueberries, but I always seem to forget about the pear. Thanks :D

  6. Oh, wow! This is seriously fantastic! Love the uber-healthy ingredient list!! Really, really excited about these! I’m always so sad when my kiddos go back to school, too! We got a bonus this year, though – two extra days because the temps here in Ohio were something like -20F – gahhhh! So nice to have a couple extra days to just hang out together, though – mine aren’t quite at the hole-up-in-their-rooms-and-only-come-out-to-eat stage! I have to admit, though, that I didn’t do nearly as much cooking over vacation as I’d planned – these bars are the perfect excuse to get back in the kitchen to bake up an awesome after-school snack! :D

    • Snow days are awesome! My kids love they so much they use a website called snow day predictor to check if they will have one. Lol
      Baking is great way to warm up the kitchen and have a nice treat. I live how these are super tasty and filling :)

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