Banana Muesli Bars are quick and easy to make healthy snack for kids and adults that your kids will surely love. They’re perfect for lunchboxes and freeze well.

Banana muesli bars - quick and easy snacks.

Banana muesli bars

Finding quick, easy and nutritious snacks that the kids will actually eat can be a challenge but my banana muesli bars might just be the answer you’ve been looking for.

As a newborn mum with a 6 and 4.5 year old, if a recipe ticks all of those boxes then I will add it to the regular rotation for as long as the kids will still eat it.

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I first made them when my big boy quit his morning milk.

He’d still wake up ravenous and hangry (got that from his Mumma) so I had to come up with something quick that would fill him up to replace the milk or at least give me a chance to make the rest of his breakfast.

And so banana muesli bars were born.

Banana Muesli Bars

I think they taste and smell just like banana bread.

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I also love that I can throw in as many goodies as I can possibly manage so he gets maximum nutritional bang for buck.

I throw in every nut and seed I can find instead of just the one type of nut in the original recipe.

It also means if you need to make them nut-free muesli bars for school or kindy then there’s no issue – just leave out the nuts and go for all seeds.

I also added some apricots and goji berries to the date mix.

You could really mix them up with whatever you have on hand.

Hack for making banana muesli bars

When there was a phase where I couldn’t be without muesli bars (seriously life would not have been worth living!) I came up with a little hack to make whipping them up even faster.

This way you can have a few batches of ‘pre-mix’ ready to go.

  1. Measure out the oats then add the chopped nuts/seeds and dried fruit.
  2. Pop in a jar or container in the fridge.
  3. When you want to make the bars, just mash up your banana, add the pre-mix and bake!

They freeze and defrost really well so you could grab one on your way out the door in the morning and have a delicious, healthy morning tea ready in your bag when hunger strikes. Enjoy!

What about you? What are your tricks for getting the housework done in record time?

ps I am taking the next couple of days off (Will has some time off work, yay!) but don’t worry, I’ll be back with more deliciousness next week.

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Banana muesli bars

Banana muesli bars

Yield: approx. 16 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup mixed, chopped dried fruit (I use dates, apricots, sultanas, cranberries and goji berries)
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts - I use a combination of everything I can find including linseed and chia seeds and chop them almost into a meal in the Thermomix
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C fan-forced and grease and line a 20cm (8”) square tin.
  2. Mash the bananas until smooth then stir in the rest of the ingredients using a spatula.
  3. Spread the mixture into the tin and press down on the top and smooth it out.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes then take out of the tin and cut into bars and leave to cool.

Notes

These freeze well. I just throw them in a zip-lock bag and then let one defrost on the bench when needed.

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