Fig + Orange Muesli Bars
I've been trying to come up with a baked muesli bar recipe for a while now. I wanted to keep them vegan/egg-free/nut-free (as requested by a few readers) and low in sugar, so many of my attempts ended up way too crumbly.
After experimenting with a few different baking processes, I finally ended up with these. The scent of zesty orange when they come out of the oven is so good!
After baking them briefly to get a bit toasty, you let them cool and then leave them in the fridge so the coconut oil firms up to help hold them together. I love the combination of chewy dried figs and orange zest, but you could easily use a different dried fruit and some spices like dried cranberries and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
Keep in mind that if you want to keep the sugar content on the lower side, use a smaller quantity of dried fruit (maybe just a handful). You could even swap the dried fruit out for some crushed nuts like macadamia nuts, which are naturally kind of sweet!
I've just used 6 dried figs (chopped up quite small) across the whole batch and I've enriched the mixture with some plant-based protein powder for a protein boost. If you don't have any protein powder, you could just leave it out.
Fig + Orange Muesli Bars
Gluten-free | Vegan | Nut-free
- 1 cup rolled oats *
- 1 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup plant-based protein powder (optional)
- 1/2 cup mixed seeds
- 6 dried figs, chopped into pieces (I use kitchen scissors to do this)
- 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup rice malt syrup
- Zest of 1 orange **
- Preheat your oven to 160°C (fan-forced) and line a 20cm x 20cm square baking tin with baking paper.
- Mix the oats, coconut, protein powder (if using), seeds and chopped dried figs together in a large mixing bowl. Pour in the melted coconut oil, rice malt syrup and orange zest and mix until everything is well combined.
- Tip the mixture into the lined baking tin and use the back of a spoon to press the mixture firmly into the tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Allow to cool in the tin and then transfer to the fridge for a couple of hours to finish firming up. Once cold, cut into bars. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
Makes 15 bars.
* Oats naturally don't contain gluten, but as they are often processed on the same equipment as wheat, they can have traces of gluten. If you're strictly gluten-free, you can buy gluten-free oats.
** It's best to buy an organic, unwaxed orange if you can so the zest is clean and wax-free!
If you want to try another muesli bar recipe that doesn't require baking, you could try my No-Bake Chewy Muesli Bars which are also vegan and super easy to make!