gluten free and nut free muesli bar squares I have been trying to find the ‘perfect’ muesli bar recipe for some time now.  They’re so good for lunch boxes or just a quick healthy snack.  I’ve been really put off by all the hidden sugars and nasties in the ones that you buy in the shops, so I am determined to make my own.  I’ve tried so many recipes that I’ve see online but can never seem to get it right!

It’s too buttery and sticky – the kids won’t eat it.
Too nutty – the kids won’t eat it
Looks yucky (Miss H’s words) – the kids won’t eat it
Too many raisins – the kids won’t eat it
Too coconutty (Mr D is not a fan of coconut oil) – no one will eat them!!
Too crumbly and it falls apart – the kids won’t eat it (and mummy hates the mess)
‘What are those?’ says at least one of them when pointing to a green pumpkin seed or something similar – yep, you got it, the kids won’t eat it!!

FINALLY after a lot of trial and error and adding in some essential chocolate chips I seem to have found a winner!!  With just the mere mention of chocolate chips there suddenly seems to be a bit of interest from the kids.  I’m sure they would have liked some of the other ones I’ve made previously too, but I just couldn’t even get them to try them!! “Why have you never made these before?” Master J asks!!  “I have”, I thought, rolling my eyes, “you just wouldn’t try them!!”   gluten free nut free muesli bar SO obviously chocolate it the secret ingredient!!  I can’t blame them really – it must be a genetic thing???

I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with these too.  They are lovely and moist, delicious, sweet but not too sweet and they don’t crumble when you hold them!!  And they’re ALMOST totally healthy!!


A gluten free, nut free muesli bar that's great for lunchboxes (updated)
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A home made muesli bar that the kids won't be able to resist. Perfect for lunch box snacks.
Recipe type: Lunch box snacks / thermomix
Serves: 20
  • 65g brown rice
  • 35g buckwheat
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 pink lady apply
  • 200g dried fruit (I used dates, apricots and cranberries)
  • 30g butter
  • 90g oats
  • 30g desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbs sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbs brown sugar (optional)
  • 70g white chocolate chips (optional)
  • 50g rice malt syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
  2. Place the rice, buckwheat and chia seeds in the thermomix (or blender) and whizz on speed 9 for 30 seconds until it becomes a fine powder. Set it aside in a separate bowl.
  3. Place the apple in the thermomix (cored but not peeled) and whizz for 3 seconds on speed 6. Scrape down the sides and add all the dried fruit.
  4. Set the thermomix to the closed lid position and hit the turbo button for 1 second. Repeat three times until the fruit is all finely chopped.
  5. Add the butter and chop for 3-5 seconds on speed 9 until it is well incorporated into the fruit.
  6. Add all the remaining ingredients, including the rice/buckwheat powder and mix together on reverse speed 5 for 20-30 seconds.
  7. Spread the mixture into a lined baking tray. Decorate the top with chocolate chips and then put it into the oven for 15-20 minutes (or until golden brown on top).
  8. Allow to cool and cut into squares or slices/bars and enjoy.
*You could easily make this recipe dairy free too by leaving out the chocolate and replacing the butter with coconut oil.

What’s your favourite healthy lunchbox recipe??  I’m always after ideas.
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15 comments on “A gluten free, nut free muesli bar that’s great for lunchboxes (updated)”

    • I bet they did!! I’m forever experimenting and most often than not they are a complete disaster but every now and again I get a good one!! I made a chocolate cake with chick peas today and it actually tasted really yummy. It was just very crumbling so I ‘m going to have to try and figure out how to fix that! Trial and error in my kitchen. So looking forward to catching up at Pro Blogger xx

    • I wish mine ate like horses!! They’re such fussy little buggers, I’m forever lying about what ingredients I use!! “What’s that thing there??” “Oh it’s a chocolate chip – you’ll love it” wink wink!! x

    • I got my buckwheat in woolies – from the Macro section with all the seeds and nuts. I’ve actually had it in the cupboard for ages not really knowing what to do with it until now. I’m sure extra rice will do just fine. Hope the kids like them xxx

  1. This recipe looks great, can’t wait to try it out. Just a note – if you are coeliac and need to be strictly gluten free, oats are not considered gluten free. They contain a different type of ‘gluten’ but the majority of coeliacs can’t have them.

    • Thanks for letting me know. I might see if I can try and find an alternative – any suggestions??

      • Quinoa flakes would be a good substitute. That’s what I will use when I give these muesli bars a try next week. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. I have been wanting to make my own for ages. It is so hard to find one the kids will actually eat all of. I found some that have a drizzle of icing and 100s and 1000s on them and they will eat them no worries. So if I do make them I will have to do that on top to get them to even try lol.

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