Everyday Muesli Bars

When I leave the house, I always make sure I have at least one snack in my handbag. Quite often, this snack is what I like to call an ‘emergency muesli bar’. You’ll find it nestled somewhere in the bottom of my bag – to be consumed only in emergencies! And I must say, when I have been caught out with nothing ‘Steph-friendly’ to eat, these bars have saved me time and time again. Although super convenient in times of need, there aren’t many packaged muesli bars I can trust to be completely fructose friendly. Too much dried fruit. Honey. Wheat. Apple juice concentrate. Barley. So for me, home-made is the way to go. These muesli bars are simple, made with healthy ingredients, free of refined sugar and excess fructose, and you can be sure they’re full of goodness. Keep them in an airtight container and you’ll have fresh muesli bars for at least a week. They probably won’t last that long though because they’re too good just for emergencies.





Muesli Bars
Makes 8 large or 16 small bars

2 cups rolled oats (gluten free certified)
1/4 cup of LSA (ground linseed, sunflower seeds & almonds)
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup mixed seeds (sunflower seeds & pepitas)
1/2 cup nuts, roughly chopped (walnuts & almonds)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp (40ml) olive oil
2 tbsp (40ml) rice malt syrup
2 tbsp (40ml) hot water
1/2 cup dates, chopped
  
Preheat oven to 180°C and prepare a rectangle or square (8x8inch) baking dish with baking paper. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Lightly whisk together eggs, vanilla, oil and syrup in a small bowl, then stir this through the dry ingredients. Chop up dates and place in small bowl with the hot water and allow to soften. Add the dates to the mixture, stirring til all combined. Firmly press mixture into the lined baking tray. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.


Enjoy.

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15 comments:

  1. dates aren't fructose friendly.. ;(

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    1. Hi there!

      Dates are a tricky one as I've heard this a few times before. But you'll be pleased to learn that dates are actually suitable in small amounts for fructose malabsorbers! Yes, dates do contain a lot of fructose, but as with all other fructose friendly fruits, dates also contain a higher amount of glucose, which means we are able to digest them.
      I follow the low-fodmap diet and learnt this through the guidelines I received at a Sue Shepard dietician session (Melbourne, Aust based). It labels dates as 'suitable dried fruit in small amounts' along with sultanas, raisins, cranberries, etc. I'd be happy to send you a scanned copy of this sheet if you're interested!?
      They're really great for sweetening baked goods so I'd recommend you give them a go, of course if you're still unsure, starting in very small amounts :)

      Xo, Steph

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  2. This looks absolutely delicious! I am so glad I stumbled across your website - I was so unaware of all the great low fodmap recipes out there. No more suffering during classes and tutorials from embarrassing digestive issues :D

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    1. Absolutely, we don't want that! Thanks for your kind words Marianne, I'm glad you stumbled across FLK too and hope you find it helpful :) enjoy!

      Xo, Steph

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  3. This sounds great but the recipe says gluten free and oats have gluten in them...

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    1. Thanks for getting in touch Krystal. Apologies for not being clear about oats - you are right oats do contain gluten so I will add a disclaimer about how only some people can tolerate them despite following a gluten free diet. I'm sure you're already aware of this info but here's Coeliac Australia's stance on oats for others who are interested :) http://www.coeliac.org.au/uploads/65701/ufiles/Position_Statements/CAPSOats.pdf

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  4. Could you use quinoa flakes or puffed quinoa instead of the oats, do you think, for people who can't tolerate oats?

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    1. Hi Kirrily,

      Thanks for stopping by! Sorry, I have not tried this recipe with a substitute for oats so I am not sure. But if you do try and it works out, please do let me know!!

      Thanks x

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  5. I've just popped batch of these in the oven and can't wait to try them!

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  6. I have searched a LONG time for a fodmap friendly muesli bar that stays together and ticks all my boxes. Finally. Thank you thank you. Doing a dance!

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  7. Hi Stephanie. I am Portuguese and i am always looking for low fodmap recipes because in Portugal nobody knows this diet.I'm very pleased to find "you". I need your help because i can not find the right word in Portuguese to the ingredient "date". I can't find translation.
    Thank you

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    1. Hi there! Thank you, I'm glad to hear. The "date" is a sweet fruit. I'm not sure how to describe it but this google image search may help you see what they look like: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=dates+fruit&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwio45ie6dDVAhWBxrwKHZt2AV4Q_AUICigB&biw=1366&bih=662
      I hope that helps :)

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  8. Thanks so much, it helps a lot. In Portuguese is Tâmaras.

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  9. These look delicious and I can't wait to try them however I need to make them nut free so I can put them in my son's school lunch. What could I use to substitute for the LSA mix? The nuts I usually add in more seeds.
    Thanks Natasha

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    1. Thanks Natasha! You can definitely substitute the LSA with just linseed meal, which is the 'L' in LSA ;)

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