Why buy store-bought muesli bars when you can make your own delicious and healthy no bake chewy apricot muesli bars in just 15 minutes!
I’m a huge snacker. I could literally graze all day and I have to regularly stop myself from mindlessly munching. I try not to keep any junk food on hand and I keep the house stocked with healthy snacks like fruit, nuts and energy bites at all times. My no bake chocolate fudge energy bites are always on high rotation. So too are my no bake apricot coconut energy bites.
And more recently, it’s been these delicious no bake chewy apricot muesli bars!
I mentioned a few weeks back that I was trying to replicate a store-bought muesli bar I love that has apricots, coconut and chia seeds. After many failed attempts I’m so happy that I can finally share this recipe in all it’s tasty glory!
I love that these muesli bars are so simple to make that it’s almost easier to make your own than buy them from the store! I’m sure these would be perfect for kid lunch boxes or as an after school snack. Or just save them for yourself and enjoy as an afternoon pick-me-up!
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup raw cashews, coarsely chopped
- ⅓ cup rice malt / brown rice syrup
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. kosher salt
- ½ cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
- ½ cup desiccated coconut
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- Line a square pan or baking dish with baking / parchment paper
- Combine butter, rice malt syrup, vanilla extract and salt in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until the butter is melted.
- Add the rest of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and pour the hot liquid mixture over the top, mixing thoroughly.
- Press the mixture into the lined pan, ensuring there are no holes. Make sure the mixture is pressed together well (can press together with your hands) as this will ensure the muesli bars hold their shape once cut.
- Place the pan in the freezer for 2 hours, then cut muesli bars and store in an air-tight container in the fridge for 1 week.
- Can substitute apricots for another type of dried fruit (I’m thinking sultanas or cranberries).
- Can replace rice malt syrup with honey, maple syrup etc.
- If you like your muesli bars more on the sweet side, you can add 1/4 cup of brown sugar when you are melting the butter.