5 Healthy Christmas Treats

The holiday season is upon us and there are tempting Christmas treats in supermarkets and shops everywhere you go. It’s also a favourite time of year for families to do some Christmas baking. And for good reason, as nothing says ‘Christmas time’ more than the smell and taste of freshly baked cookies or other Christmas treats. Baked goods also make great little stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts to give to friends, teachers, co-workers, and family. 

While Christmas is often a time for indulgence, there are plenty of alternatives to enjoy all your favourite Christmas treats in a healthier way. 

5 Healthy Christmas treats to enjoy this holiday season

Here are five simple recipes for healthy Christmas treats that you and your family can enjoy baking (and eating) together.

Refined Sugar-Free Shortbread Cookies

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If you’re looking for a quick and easy shortbread recipe this Christmas, you can’t go past this super simple, four-ingredient refined sugar-free version. Shortbread is one of those recipes that has to be baked at Christmas time in my household. While there is plenty of store-bought shortbread out there, nothing compares to freshly baked shortbread cookies straight out of the oven.

If you want to make your shortbread extra Christmassy, add some flair by gently pressing in some red and green sprinkles before you bake them. When they come out of the oven you’ll have a healthy classic treat and your home will be filled with the aroma of freshly baked cookies and remind you of Christmas as a child.

Check out the full recipe here.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This healthy Christmas recipe is a family favourite in my household and is so easy to make. Unlike most cookies, these ones are gluten-free, nut-free, and can easily be made dairy-free so that everyone can enjoy them. 

If you’re looking for a crowd favourite, chocolate chip cookies are always a hit, so they’re perfect for bringing to a Christmas party or to butter up your co-workers. As soon as you serve them up they will be gone in seconds!

Click here for the full recipe.

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

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What list of Christmas goodies would be complete without the all-time Christmas classic, Gingerbread cookies? The best thing about gingerbread is that, with all the tasty spices that make up this cookie, you really don’t need the vast amounts of refined sugar found in the traditional recipes to make them taste great. 

Check out this healthy recipe we created for gingerbread cookies which can be found over at The Organised Housewife.

Not Quite Healthy Rum Balls

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Christmas time wouldn’t feel the same without the all-time classic treat, rum balls. As the name suggests, this one isn’t made up of 100% wholesome goodness, but the reality of rum balls is that you can’t have them without rum and I promise that every other ingredient in there is good for you. 

These rum balls also make a perfect after-dinner treat with a cup of coffee or tea. They bring that loved, festive flavour without all the gluten and sugar that wreaks havoc on our tummies. If you have little ones, don’t worry, they can enjoy these holiday favourites too. Just omit the rum and voila, a Christmas treat for all ages.

Find the full recipe here.

Mango & Macadamia Ice Blocks

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Take a break from tradition and introduce a new family favourite Christmas recipe with these fresh and seasonal Mango Macadamia Ice Blocks. Perfect for a hot, Aussie Christmas, these treats are so easy to whip up and serve for a cooling afternoon snack. 

Based on the irresistible but sugary Weis Bars, these bring the same delicious flavour with none of the harmful refined sugars. What’s more is that they are bursting with vitamins, healthy fats, and have no dairy or gluten in sight.

Make your own with the full recipe found here.

Christmas is a time of indulgence, and with these simple and healthy recipes, you can indulge in a healthier way by making a few small changes. If you’re looking for more healthy treats make sure you browse through our healthy Snack & Treats recipes. Merry Christmas!

Healthy Raw Vegan Raspberry Cheesecakes

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When you’re having friends over for dinner, or want a delicious dessert on the weekend, these healthy, raw vegan raspberry cheesecakes are bound to tickle the tastebuds of you and your guests.

Raspberries are a good source of vitamin C (which our body needs for growth and the repair of tissues) and contain vitamins E, K, dietary fibre and folate too. So adding some raspberries into your weekly healthy eating plan has more benefits than just how yummy they are ? Raspberries are the perfect ingredient for a healthy raw cheesecake, and really bring out the flavour of this delicious recipe.

Raw vegan raspberry cheesecakes that don’t need baking

These yummy raspberry cheesecakes don’t require any baking and are perfect after about 2-4 hours in the freezer. Get them ready at lunchtime, and they will be perfect for your dinner party, or with a cuppa at an afternoon tea.

The healthy vegan raspberry cheesecake recipe below makes 12 little cheesecakes, that work perfectly in silicone cupcake moulds.

Healthy raw vegan raspberry cheesecakes

Healthy vegan raspberry cheesecakes

Raw raspberry cheesecake ingredients

Cheesecake base

  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Cheesecake filling

  • 2 cups raw cashews (soaked overnight or for at least 2 hours)
  • 1/4 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3/4 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Using a food processor (or thermomix) blend the pecans, almonds, dates, coconut oil together on high for 10-20 seconds.  Open lid and scrape down the sides. You should now have a nice sticky dough to use for the base of each of your cheesecakes.
  2. Use 12 silicone cupcake moulds and place a spoonful (or two) of mixture into each mould. The base will be about 0.5cm thick.  Place into the fridge while you prepare the filling.
  3. Blend together the coconut milk, cashews, maple syrup, coconut oil, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of raspberries into food processor and blend on high for 10-20 seconds, until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  4. Pour half the mixture into a separate bowl.
  5. Using the remaining mixture in the food processor, add 3/4 cup raspberries on medium speed for 10 seconds, until blended well.
  6. Take the cupcake moulds from the fridge and add spoonfuls of the first (lighter pink) filling into each mould (leaving room for the next layer).
  7. Now add spoonfuls of the darker pink filling to each cupcake mould.
  8. Place in freezer for 2-4 hours, then serve and enjoy!

 

  1. NOTES

    • Please store cheesecakes in the freezer, and remove 5 minutes before eating them to allow them to soften slightly.
    • I love serving each cheesecake with a fresh raspberry on top – yumm!

If you enjoyed these healthy raspberry vegan cheesecakes, then we think you will love our Healthy Bounty Bites!

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Macadamia cashew & honey bliss balls

Feeling like a yummy treat? We LOVE macadamia nuts here at Nourishing Your World HQ and these macadamia, cashew & honey bliss balls are divine.

This recipe contains only 5 ingredients, is quick and easy to make, and is full of good fats thanks to the high nut content.  Whizz some up and keep some handy in the fridge and store the others in the freezer.

Perfect with a cuppa or as an after-dinner treat, our macadamia, cashew and honey bliss balls will hit that sweet spot!

Macadamia, cashew & honey bliss balls recipe

Macadamia cashew honey bliss balls

Ingredients for macadamia, cashew & honey bliss balls

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut (plus a little extra coconut for rolling)
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup cashew nuts
  • 1/4 cup honey

Macadamia nuts cashew honey bliss balls

Directions to make macadamia, cashew & honey bliss balls

  1. Place oats in a food processor and whizz on medium for 5 seconds.
  2. Add 1 cup coconut, 1 cup cashew nuts and 1 cup of macadamia nuts. Whizz on high for 10-20 seconds. Scrape down sides and whizz on medium for another 5-10 seconds.
  3. Add 1/4 cup honey and blend on low-medium for 5-10 seconds until mixed through.
  4. Take a spoonful of the mixture and roll into a ball.  Roll each ball in the extra desiccated coconut. Repeat until all the mixture is used (makes approximately 20 bliss balls, depending on how big they are rolled).
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!

Makes approx 20 balls (depending upon how big they are rolled).

If you like these bliss balls and are looking for another healthy snack, then we think you will love our Coconut Caramel Bliss Balls!

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Healthy Chocolate Avocado Mousse

We were delighted to take part in the My Kitchen Rules 10th Anniversary show, by joining in from home.  Developing our own creations is one of the things we love to do. Recipe creation is lots of trial and error to get the right flavour, consistency, serving size and the list goes on. But the joy and feeling of satisfaction when you get it right is hard to beat.  So when we saw that Stacey and Ash plated up a yummy Chocolate Avocado Mousse for dessert, we knew we had to re-create the recipe and add our own Nourishing Your World spin on it.

So we have kept it simple and made a couple of simple swaps. If you love chocolate mousse and have been wanting to try a healthier version, then we think you will love our Healthy Chocolate Avocado Mousse recipe.

Healthy chocolate avocado mousse recipe

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Find the original recipe here.

Healthy chocolate avocado mousse ingredients

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  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 1 tbsp cocoa (or cacao)
  • 80ml coconut milk
  • 60ml maple syrup
  • 150g dark chocolate, melted (we love Green & Blacks Organic 70%)

Directions to make chocolate avocado mousse

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  1. Melt chocolate.
  2. Cut avocados and scoop out flesh.
  3. Place avocado flesh, cocoa, coconut milk and maple syrup into a blender (or thermomix) and blend on medium for 10-15 seconds or until smooth.
  4. Scrape down sides, then add melted chocolate and blend to combine.
  5. Spoon mixture into small ramekins or bowls.
  6. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or longer, as required.
  7. Enjoy your chocolate avocado mousse!

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Makes 4 servings.

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Healthy lunchbox ideas for school

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The school year is nearly here and it’s time to shake up your lunchbox routine and include some healthy lunchbox ideas and recipes. Getting going in the morning can be tricky at the best of times. But when you have kids running around it can feel like utter chaos. Trying to get everyone clothed, fed, packed, and off to school. This lack of time means it can be tempting to turn to less than healthy options like pre-packaged foods to fill up our children’s lunchboxes. Whilst we believe ‘everything in moderation’, nothing beats yummy home-baked snacks.

With just a little bit of planning and food prep (either the night before or on the weekend), you can ensure that your child is heading off with healthy lunchbox snacks for school. Here are some great, easy recipes you can make as a family ahead of time. They are all great lunchbox fillers that are not only tasty but nutritious, giving your children the brain fuel they need to make the most of their school day.

Start the school year with these healthy lunchbox ideas

Chocolate chip muesli bars

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Muesli bars are a fantastic grab and go option packed full of nutrients. The only catch is that many of the store-bought versions are also loaded with refined sugar, preservatives, and additives.

This recipe swaps out the bad with the good to make this nutrient-dense snack much healthier. The chocolate chips and honey give these healthy bars their sweet taste while the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds and chia seeds make them a filling and healthy lunchbox snack.

For the full recipe, click here.

Healthy banana bread

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Banana bread has always been a lunchbox favourite and is so easy to make from scratch. With all the sugar and preservatives found in pre-packaged, store-bought banana bread, it’s definitely worth taking the time on the weekend to make your own.

This healthy version uses maple syrup which is bursting with antioxidants and nutrients as well as wholemeal flour. If your child doesn’t have a nut allergy, (or your school doesn’t have a nut-free policy) throw in some optional healthy walnuts that are brilliant brain food to keep your child going throughout the school day.

For the complete recipe, click here.

Strawberry bliss balls

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If you’re pressed for time this is the perfect recipe to add a splash of colour and flavour to your child’s lunchbox. The best thing about it is that you probably already have the ingredients in the cupboard at home. So it is an easy snack to throw together on a tight schedule.

This healthy lunchbox idea is great to make in the spring and early summer when you can grab fresh, seasonal punnets of strawberries at a low cost. But if they are out of season you can just as easily make them with frozen strawberries.

For the full recipe, click here.

ANZAC biscuits (gluten-free)

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If your kids are calling for cookies in their lunchboxes, give them what they want without sacrificing their health. These ANZAC biscuits use pure maple syrup instead of golden syrup, giving you that rich, sweet taste while avoiding refined sugar and adding in some valuable antioxidants and vitamins to fuel your child at school.

This recipe is also completely nut, dairy, and gluten-free. Thanks to the use of coconut oil instead of butter and quinoa instead of oats, which are commonly processed on the same machinery as gluten products. These swaps make this recipe a great allergy-friendly option for the school lunch box that will energise your kid’s mind and body throughout the day while also being absolutely delicious!

Click here for the full recipe.

Healthy LCM Bars

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One of the biggest struggles when packing lunch for our kids is finding the right balance between healthy, wholesome foods and the occasional treat. When your little ones are calling for prepackaged, processed snacks such as LCM bars, send them to school with this easy substitute instead.

These Healthy Rice Crispy Bars have all the tasty flavour of LCM bars without all the nasty refined sugar and additives. They are super quick and easy to make too. The best part is that this healthy version is also gluten, nut, and dairy free making it suitable for school and those with allergies.

Read the full recipe here.

These healthy lunchbox ideas for school are the perfect addition to any wholesome lunchbox. They are ideal healthy substitutions for any packaged food your kid might be asking for. All of the recipes are filled with nutritious ingredients that will sustain your child’s learning throughout the day. So they won’t have that sugar crash as soon as they get back to class, when they are ready to learn.

For more healthy lunchbox ideas for school, have a look at our Kids Lunchbox Ideas.

Healthy rum balls

With lots of Christmas parties and entertaining, it’s great to have a yummy festive snack on hand.  We have added a healthy twist to the Christmas classic – rum balls. They are a favourite at this time of the year, and perfect to add to a Christmas platter, or for a yummy little treat.  Our healthy rum ball recipe contains lots of yummy, healthy ingredients, with a dash of rum (which you can leave out for the kids).

Or if you don’t like rum, simply leave it out and call them Christmas bliss balls, as they’re a tasty treat with or without rum.

Healthy rum balls recipe

Not quite healthy rum balls - coconut and no coconut

Healthy rum ball ingredients

1 1/2 cups cashews
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup desiccated coconut (and a little extra for rolling, if desired)
1 tbsp cacao
1/2 cup maple syrup or rice malt syrup
1-2 tbsp rum

Directions to make your healthy rum balls

  1. Place cashews and oats in a food processor and whizz on high for 10 seconds.
  2. Scrape down sides and add all remaining ingredients.
  3. Blend on medium for another 10 seconds.
  4. Take a spoonful of the mixture and roll into a ball. Repeat until all the mixture is used.
  5. Rum balls can then be rolled in coconut if desired, or simply left as they are.
  6. Place in the fridge to cool for at least 1 hour before serving.
  7. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge (or freezer). Rum balls should keep for at least 7-10 days when stored in the fridge.

Makes approx 20 balls (depending upon how big they are rolled).

Healthy rum ball alternative for kids

Not quite healthy rum balls

If you would like a rum ball recipe that is suitable for the kids – simply omit the rum.  Or make the mixture without the rum, roll half of the balls, and then add 1 tablespoon of rum to the remaining mixture.  You could then place in separate containers, or simply coat the kids’ ‘rum balls’ in coconut, and leave the adult version plain.  Winning!

If you love these rum balls and are looking for another Christmas treat, then we think you will love our Sugar Free Shortbread Cookies..

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Strawberry Bliss Balls

This delicious strawberry bliss balls recipe uses only 4 ingredients. A quick, easy and healthy snack that the whole family will love. Our strawberry bliss balls recipe is also refined sugar-free and nut-free.

With strawberry season in full swing (and when it’s not, frozen strawberries work equally well), now is the perfect time to whip up some healthy bliss balls to keep in the fridge or freezer.

Do your kids (or husband) ever come home from school (or work) and complain that they are soooo hungry but can’t find anything good to eat?  The days of opening up the pantry or fridge to simply declare ‘but there is nothing yummy to eat’ are over.  Making healthy snacks like these strawberry bliss balls ahead of time will mean that you can instantly satisfy those afternoon snack cravings with a yummy and healthy snack.

Strawberry Bliss Balls Recipe

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Ingredients

1 punnet (250g) fresh strawberries hulled (or frozen if not in season)
1 cup desiccated coconut (plus a little extra coconut for rolling)
2 cups of rolled oats
2 tbsp honey or natural maple syrup (not maple-flavoured syrup)

Directions to make strawberry bliss balls

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and whizz on medium for 5-10 seconds.
  2. Scrape down sides and whizz on medium for another 5-10 seconds.
  3. Take a spoonful of the mixture and roll into a ball.  Roll each ball in the extra desiccated coconut. Repeat until all the mixture is used.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Makes approx 20 balls (depending upon how big they are rolled). The strawberry bliss balls last approx 1 week in the fridge and up to 2-3 months in the freezer (if they last that long!)

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(Note: You can substitute the maple syrup or honey for rice malt syrup. The rice malt syrup will make the balls not quite as sweet as the other two options).

If you like these bliss balls and are looking for another healthy snack, then we think you will love our Coconut Caramel Bliss Balls!

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Healthy Peanut Butter LCM Bars – Refined Sugar Free

Having health snacks on hand is one of the biggest issues that many people face.  You want something that is still yummy, but feels like a treat too.  We also happen to be big fans of peanut butter and made these due to popular request!  There are a lot of peanut butter fans out there ?These Healthy Peanut Butter LCM Bars are also refined sugar free, so not only do they taste amazing, they aren’t laden with processed sugar and other nasty additives.

For those who may not like peanut butter, or may have nut allergies, we also have a Nut Free LCM Bar recipe, which is great for school lunchboxes, with many schools now having a nut-free policy.

These Healthy Peanut Butter LCM Bars are also versatile, so you can easily swap out the peanut butter for almond or cashew butter, or another favourite! Made using only 4 ingredients, they are quick, simple & delicious – big ticks of approval in our house!

Healthy Peanut Butter LCM Bars – Refined Sugar Free

 

Ingredients

3 cups puffed rice

3/4 cup dessicated coconut

1/2 cup natural peanut butter (we love Mayver’s)

1/3 cup honey (or 1/2 cup rice malt syrup)

Directions

  1. Start by pouring 3 cups of puffed rice into large mixing bowl.
  2. Add 3/4 cup of coconut to puffed rice, and stir through.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup peanut & 1/3 cup honey into saucepan and mix together on a low-medium heat. Mix until both ingredients are combined and you have what resembles delicious caramel.
  4. Pour the caramel mixture into mixing bowl and fold through the puffed rice & coconut mixture (you may need to combine with your hands!)
  5. Line a 20 x 10cm baking tray with baking paper.  Pour the mixture into the baking tray, and press down – ensuring you evenly spread the mixture.
  6. Place into refrigerator to set for at least 30-60 mins.
  7. Remove from your fridge, place on cutting board and cut into desired size ‘bars’. Enjoy!!

(Note: They are best stored in the freezer or fridge. Simply take them out just before eating – they taste delicious and are best enjoyed cold!  If kept in the cupboard, the peanut butter will turn more ‘liquid’ and the bars will fall apart ?)

If you liked this recipe, then check out our Nut Free LCM Bars – perfect for the school lunchbox and those with nut allergies.

Melissa Dickfos, is the Founder at Nourishing Your World, a coffee lover, mum of two children, advocate of making small steps towards healthy living and loves to laugh!

 

 

 

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Healthy homemade muesli bars

Muesli bars bring up memories of childhood for me, however since learning about all the extra additives in store bought and processed muesli bars, we decided it was time to make our own!

These healthy homemade muesli bars are full of so many yummy and nutritious ingredients – chia seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, coconut oil, oats – yumm!  The chia seeds provide a great source of antioxidants, fibre and omega-3 fatty acids – which are fantastic for assisting in reducing inflammation in the body and help to keep your bones strong and healthy.  Sunflower seeds are a rich source of protein, fibre and vitamins B & E.  The cashews and almonds not only taste delicious, but are also another fabulous source of ‘good fat’, with the added benefit of keeping you fuller for longer.  The mix of all these fantastic ingredients makes for a yummy, healthy snack that is perfect for not only kids, but adults too!

You can always add your own twist to these yummy muesli bars by adding in chocolate chips, organic apricots or coconut flakes – all adding their own unique flavour to the recipe.

Healthy homemade muesli bars

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/3 cup honey or rice malt syrup

Directions

  1. Line a tray (approx 20cm x 30cm) with baking paper.
  2. Combine melted coconut oil & honey (or rice malt syrup) in a medium bowl until mixed well.
  3. Add oats, coconut, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and cashews.
  4. Mix all ingredients together well.
  5. Pour mixture into baking tray, and press down well with back of spatula.
  6. Place into the fridge for 1-2 hours minimum (to allow the coconut oil to solidify).
  7. Remove from fridge and slice into 10-12 bars.
  8. Store in fridge or freezer. Enjoy!

Makes approx 10-12 muesli bars.

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If you’d like another muesli bar recipe – with yummy chocolate chips, and that is nut free (so perfect for those school lunchboxes), then check out our Healthy Chocolate Chip Muesli Bars!

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Healthy homemade chocolate chip muesli bars

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A classic lunch box snack all around the world is the humble chocolate chip muesli bar.  Some supermarket brands aren’t quite as healthy as we would have been lead to believe as kids though, with additives and more sugar than is recommended. So we whipped up our own recipe for a healthy, homemade chocolate chip muesli bar, which is delish.

Healthy homemade chocolate chip muesli bars that are good for you

Our healthy homemade muesli bars still have some chocolate chips and honey in the ingredients list, but there are no other nasty additives or colours, which in our books is a big tick of approval. And the best part? No baking is required!

Our homemade muesli bar recipe contains lots of goodness with oats, coconut, chia seeds, and sunflower seeds.  This recipe is also nut-free making them perfect for the school lunchbox and allergy-friendly too. So get some ready for this kids’ school lunchboxes, or if you’re like me and are still quite partial to a muesli bar – pop one in your work lunch box too!

Homemade muesli bars with no baking required

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Healthy homemade chocolate chip muesli bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/3 cup honey or rice malt syrup

Directions

  1. Line a tray (approx 20cm x 30cm) with baking paper.
  2. Combine melted coconut oil & honey (or rice malt syrup) in a medium bowl until mixed well.
  3. Add oats, coconut, chia seeds, sunflower seeds and chocolate chips.
  4. Mix all ingredients together well.
  5. Pour mixture into baking tray, and press down well with back of spatula.
  6. Place into the fridge for 1-2 hours minimum (to allow the coconut oil to solidify).
  7. Remove from fridge and slice into 10-12 bars.
  8. Store in fridge or freezer. Enjoy!

Makes approx 10-12 muesli bars.

Check out our delicious nutty muesli bars too!

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