Kids commercially bought snacks are becoming a real issue in today’s society with the amount of sugar they contain, muesli bars definitely being one of them. Although targeted as a ‘healthy’ snack be aware of how much sugar is really in them. Majority prepackaged muesli bars contain around 30-40% sugar with the most being an enormous 60%!! That’s more than half the the ingredients in the bar, blows my mind.
When reading the list of ingredients label remember the order is from most to least amounts so if it says Oats, Sugar, Fruits etc. that means sugar is the second largest amount in the product. It can get tricky reading labels but once you know what to look for becomes easy, then you get to know what brands are better and the ones to stick to. If you would like to learn more on reading labels and sugar percentages here is a link I Quit Sugar I have added a chart below from the website also.
Better still make your own when you can. I’ve provided a recipe that’s simple and sweetened only with rice malt syrup (no fructose) and dried fruits.
Homemade Muesli Bars
1/3 cup coconut oil
2/3 cup rice malt syrup
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup dried fruits such as raisins, cranberries, apricots, goji berries, dates
1/2 cup flaked almonds
1/2 cup mixed seeds such as sunflower, sesame, linseeds, chia, pepitas (you can buy mixed seeds in bulk scoop and go tubs in Coles or health food store)
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 180’C
- In a small saucepan on low heat mix coconut oil and rice malt syrup until heated and combined 2-3mins.
- In a large bowl add all the dry ingredients
- Pour over the warm syrup and mix till well combined
- In lined baking tray spread the muesli mix and press down so its quite packed in
- Bake in the oven for 35-40mins or until golden brown.
- Store in a airtight container in the cupboard.