tahini muesli slice

Food for fuel – Tahini muesli bars recipe

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Tahini Muesli Bars

At this time of year, what we eat is fuelling more than our usual energy needs – it’s also helping our bodies stay warm in the cooler temperatures.  Hearty soups and casseroles are one way we adjust our meals to suit the season.  After months of salads, it’s comforting to enjoy a meal that warms us up. 

Serves: 18

Time: 35 min

Calories: 470

Type: snack

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About this Recipe

Muesli bars are not always a healthy option and it can be hard to find one that isn’t laden with processed sugar and cheap seed oil.  If you make your own, you can at least ensure the ingredients are wholesome and healthy. Sometimes playing around with a recipe can deliver great results. A favourite cookie or slice recipe can be amped up to be a powerful snack, with just a few tweaks.

The tahini muesli bar below started life as a slice and it used to sell well when we ran a café.  Not too heavy, not too sweet, but healthy, tasty and a good low GI energy source.

Many of us have a sweet tooth, so a muesli bar can feed that craving, even while it sustains you and keeps you going for a while.  Another bonus is the fibre in an oat-filled snack, which helps keep our internal system working efficiently. The recipe below swaps out the sugar for honey, so you get all the health benefits that this natural wonder-food delivers too.

With only four main ingredients plus whatever you want to sprinkle on top, it’s a cinch to make at home, and is a great alternative to commercial muesli bars.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 2/3 cup runny honey, warmed a little
  • 2/3 cup tahini
  • Dried apricots, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or whatever you want to sprinkle on top.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180C and spray and line a sponge roll tin with baking paper.

Step 2

Mix oats and walnuts in a bowl, then add the honey and tahini and mix well.

Step 3

Spread evenly in the tin and sprinkle with your desired topping.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.  It will harden a bit on cooling, but remain sticky in the middle.

Step 4

If you would prefer it crunchy, cook a little longer.

About the author

Carol Garden

Carol Garden

Carol Garden is a writer who likes to explore healthy, interesting food ideas. She has worked as a caterer, vegan chef, journalist and public relations consultant.

To contact Carol, send an email to wordgardenwriters@gmail.com

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