Muesli Bars

15 Jul

I baked these muesli bars for a quick energy and carb hit for James this weekend. He’s doing a the Run Melbourne 10km race – it’s his first fun run, so he’s quite excited about it. I wanted to make a supportive banner, but then he threatened to show up at my BJJ comps with banners, so that idea was nixed.

The recipe is from Allrecipes, which is usually trustworthy for this sort of thing. I adapted it based on a couple of comments, reducing the sugar and increasing the cinnamon. Muesli is always super easy to customise, so I added a sprinkling of sunflower seeds and some dried cranberries. I cut it into 12 slices.

I used a different sized tin than the recipe called for, so my muesli bars were thicker – more like a slice than a muesli bar. They were supposed to end up crunchy, but mine were more chewy due to the extra thickness.

It’s a good, basic muesli bar recipe though, and I think I’ll experiment a bit with it. Next time I’m at the supermarket I’ll have a look to see what muesli bar flavours there are, to get some ideas. I won’t be able to make these very often though, since they’re not healthy enough for me to be eating weekly. Maybe for comps and future distance runs.


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 175C. Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan (I had an 8×8 inch tin so my bars ended up significantly thicker)
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the syrup, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges.
  4. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.

Very Rough Nutritional Guide: 1 serve: 291 calories, 36% fat, 7% protein, 57% carbs


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