Healthy Homemade Muesli Bar Slice Recipe

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In today’s post we are going to share with you our secret Muesli Slice recipe! It’s definitely not uncommon to feel a little hungry between breakfast and lunch often leading us to find ourselves reaching for that unhealthy store bought muesli bar that is loaded with sugar and calories that we are unaware of. Our homemade muesli bars taste even better than store-bought ones and they are easier to make than they are to eat! You better hide these from the kids or they will be gone in no time leaving you without a mid-morning snack!

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These bars literally take about 5 minutes to whip up with about 20-30 minutes of baking time needed – less time than deciding which pack of bars you will take home from the local supermarket for the week ahead.

This particular slice offers a fantastic source of protein that is great before an early morning workout – it will keep you full and provide you with a burst of energy.

Benefits
MedjoolDatesDates: Dates are not only extremely tasty but are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. They offer our body health benefits such as relief from constipation, heart disorders and give us strong bones as well as assisting in muscle development.

Almonds: Almonds are very nutritious, they assist in lowering bad cholesterol, reducing the risk of a heart attack, building strong teeth and bones, providing your body with healthy fats and assisting with weight loss.

Walnuts: Walnuts are full of omega-3 fatty acids, they can reduce the risk of suffering from breast cancer and diabetes. The antioxidants that they contain are able to boost the health of our heart and they enable us to better cope with stress.

Chia Seeds: Chia seeds are full of fiber, omega-3, phosphorus and protein, they help us to avoid diabetes as they slow down our digestion, give us stronger teeth and bones, help us to loose weight, stay fuller for longer and improve our heart’s health.

Dried_Apricot(1)Dried Apricots: We all see fresh fruit being the healthier option compared to canned, dried and frozen. This is true however, when the apricot is dried the nutrients within it become more concentrated. These orange beauties offer us dietary fiber, potassium, iron and antioxidants.

Egg Whites: Egg whites are high in protein and low in cholesterol, it’s the yolk that is high in cholesterol therefore not good (in large quantities) for your diet. Egg whites are great for our immune system and are strongly recommended for patients going through chemotherapy.

Agave Syrup: Agave syrup is a natural sweetener that is very similar to honey. This is a good alternative to recipes that call for sugar as it has a low-glycemic index.

Desiccated Coconut: Desiccated coconut is rich in dietary fiber, manganese, copper and selenium. It contains no cholesterol or trans fat, however, is very high in saturated fat.

Oats: Oats assist with weight loss, reducing cholesterol, blood pressure and the risk of diabetes. They are very nutritious being a great source of phosphorus, manganese, selenium, fiber, iron, magnesium and vitamin B1.

Cinnamon: You may be surprised but cinnamon has health benefits such as regulating blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It helps relieve pain experienced by those with arthritis, reduces the number of cancer cells, and also high levels of fiber, calcium, iron and magnesium.

Muesli Slice Recipe
Ingredients
1 and a ¼ cups dried dates, roughly chopped
½ cup almonds
½ cup walnuts
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup dried apricots, chopped
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon agave syrup (alternatively you can use honey)
¼ cup desiccated coconut
½ cup oats
½ tsp ground cinnamon

iStock_000012307105XSmall-300x199Method
1. Preheat the oven to 160°C fan forced. Line a tray with baking paper.
2. Place the dates, almonds and walnuts in a blender and blend for about 20 seconds.
3. In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together until just combined.
4. Press the mixture into your pre-lined tin and place in the pre heated oven for 20-30 minutes or until golden.
5. Allow the slice to cool in the tin, once cool, cut into small pieces and store in an airtight container.

Notes
If you want more protein, add 2 tablespoons of your favorite protein powder
– If you have an egg allergy you can replace it with mashed banana
– Keep the slice in an airtight container in the fridge for 7 days

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