Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

I’m obviously into bars lately… no, not THAT kind!  The kind you eatmuesli bars like these chocolate chip orange muesli bars.  Mark did give Theda a start the other day though, when he was describing our evening at the “tapas” bar with friends last Friday night.  He was eating a muffin as he spoke and somehow “tapas” came out sounding like another word that goes with “bar” and it made Theda look at her mother in a whole new light.  Luckily I was on hand to do a quick muffin-free translation and save my virtue in my teenage daughter’s eyes!

But I digress… onto the muesli bars!!

Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

I’m always appalled at the levels of sodium, unhealthy fats, and refined sugars that seemingly “healthy” store-bought muesli bars contain.  Most brands use partially (or fully!) hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup… these ingredients are highly processed, add no nutritional value, and should have no place on the grocery store shelves- or in your body, for that matter!

Good thing it’s so easy to make your own…

Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

Just mix up your dry ingredients (oats, crisp rice cereal, sunflower seeds, dried orange peel, & chocolate chips)…

Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

Melt your honey, peanut butter, & coconut oil until smooth…

Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

Mix it all together… then press it into a tin and bake!  That’s it, so easy!

Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

Score the bars when they first come out of the oven to make it easier to cut them perfectly later.  But don’t try to cut them all the way, or worse, take them out of the pan, until they’re completely cooled, or they’ll fall apart.  Not like I’ve ever done this!  But your patience will be rewarded, I promise.  Your bars will cut easily into perfect strips for packing into lunches or for quick breakfasts on the go.

Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

These bad boys are high in fiber from the oats, high in protein from thanks to the peanut butter & sunflower seeds, and lower in sugar than most bars.  If you need them to be gluten free, make sure you buy certified gluten-free oats.  They can easily be nut-free by subbing in sunflower seed butter (sunbutter) for the peanut butter.  And you can lower the overall fat content by leaving out the chocolate chips… but honestly, who would do that??  Just kidding… feel free to play around with the extra ingredients according to what you like: dried cranberries, almonds, coconut chips… anything goes!

Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

Happy snacking!

Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

Ingredients:

½ cup honey

¼ cup coconut oil

½ cup natural peanut butter (sub sunflower butter for nut-free)

1 t. vanilla extract

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup crisp rice cereal

¼ cup raw sunflower seeds

¼ cup unsweetened dried orange peel

¼ cup chocolate chips

Method:

Heat oven to 180. Line a square tin with parchment. In a small saucepan, combine oil, honey, & peanut butter and heat over low flame until honey is liquefied and peanut butter is melted. Stir in vanilla extract.

Combine oats, cereal, seeds, dried orange peel, chocolate chips, & salt in a large bowl. Mix well. Add the honey mixture to the oat mixture and stir to combine. Transfer quickly to the prepared pan and press it in evenly & firmly.

Bake for 13-15 minutes or until bars are golden brown around the edges, then cool on a rack. Score into bars while still warm, then cool completely before removing from pan. Chill thoroughly, then cut gently along the score lines.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Makes about 14 bars.

Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 14 bars

Serving Size: 1 bar

Calories per serving: 205

Fat per serving: 11 gm

Saturated fat per serving: 5 gm

Carbs per serving: 23 gm

Protein per serving: 5 gm

Fiber per serving: 2.5 gm

Sugar per serving: 11 gm

Sodium per serving: 54 mg

Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

These yummy muesli bars are high in protein, low in sodium, and have no refined sugar... perfect for a quick breakfast or snack!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter (sub sunflower butter for nut-free)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup crisp rice cereal
  • ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup dried orange peel
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 180. Spray a square tin with non-stick cooking spray, and line with parchment.
  • In a small saucepan, combine honey, peanut butter, and coconut oil, and heat over low heat until peanut butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Combine oats, cereal, sunflower seeds, & orange peel, in a large bowl. Mix well. Add the honey mixture to the oat mixture and stir to combine. Stir in chocolate chips last.
  • Transfer to the prepared pan and press it in evenly & firmly.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until bars are golden brown around the edges, then cool on a rack. Score into bars while still warm, then chill thoroughly in the fridge before cutting.
  • Once bars are chilled, cut along the score lines & remove from pan.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Makes about 14 bars.

Notes

These can be made nut-free by subbing sunflower butter (sunbutter) for the peanut butter.

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Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

Comments

  1. Debra Coray says

    These are very similar to the no bake granola bars I make, but I will have to give yours a try. What a great snack! Where do you get your orange peels here? I think I would substitute raisins or cranberries, as I am not an orange peel fan most of the time.

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