Muesli Bar Recipe (nut free)

Homemade muesli bars are a fantastic lunch box option and can be healthier than the store bought variety. At least you know what is going into them and you can alter the ingredients to suit the tastes of your children. You can add lots of extra goodness such as pepitas and chia seeds but I have stuck to a simple recipe that is a winner every time.

I have been making these for many years and are a regular item in my children’s lunch boxes. They don’t take very long to make a tray and it is a lot more cost effective than buying them at the supermarket.

I thought this recipe would be well received given we are gearing up for back to school and parents are always on the lookout for easy lunch box items. Give them a go and I hope you love them as much as we do.


Amanda (Simple home cook)

Muesli Slic Recipe (nut free) - Lunch Box Recipes

MUESLI BARS (nut free)

½ cup honey
125g butter
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1 cup rice bubbles
1 cup sultanas
½ cup chopped apricots
½ cup desiccated coconut
¼ cup sunflower seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a slice tin (18 x 28cm) with baking paper.
  1. In a small saucepan, combine honey and butter. Stir over med heat until butter is melted. Reduce to a simmer for 5 mins without stirring.
  1. Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour over honey syrup and stir to combine.
  1. Tip mixture into slice tin and press down firmly. I put a sheet of baking paper on top of mixture and press down hard with both hands.
  1. Bake in preheated oven for 15 mins or until golden. Allow to cool slightly then refrigerate to set. This is important because if you try to cut it straight from the oven, it will fall apart. It must be set in the fridge and overnight is best.
  1. Once hard, cut to size. Store in fridge in airtight container.

muesli slice recipe - easy lunch box recipe

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@lissyjuniper on Instagram has converted this recipe into a FODMAP friendly one, and below are the ingredients (same method with substitute ingredients):

  • 1/2 cup rice malt syrup
  • 125 grams coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cupe gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups brown puffed rice
  • 1/4 cup mix of chia seeds activated bikinis & amaranth
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/2 cup preservative free apricots & cranberries
  • 1/2 desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds


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  • Reply
    Kate @ One Small Life
    January 22, 2015 at 8:00 am

    This looks delicious. And I rarely say that about something that doesn’t have chocolate in it. And pretty easy too, no? I am definitely going to try this on. Love a recipe that only involves things I already have in the pantry – thank-you.

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    January 22, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Amanda, just wondering what you would recommend to replace the sunflower seeds with? My 3 year old is a bit funny about seeds, so would just adding 1/4 of an additional dried fruit still work?

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      Amanda Arnold
      January 22, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Hi Renee, You can leave them out all together and it won’t make any difference to the recipe. Otherwise, you can substitute in some other seeds or nuts.


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    February 2, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Was just thinking of trying to make my own, this looks like a great recipe and worth a try. Thanks

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    February 9, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    These look great for my little fuss-pot’s lunchbox. How long will they last in the fridge? Will it spoil if we don’t get through them quick enough say within a week?

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      Amanda from Simple Home Cook
      February 9, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      Hi Marnie, they can stay in the fridge for quite a while – say 2 weeks. I have forgotten about them in my fridge before and gone back to them after a week and they were still great.

      Cheers, Amanda (Simple Home Cook)

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    May 5, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    These look great but how many calories are there in each bar?

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    July 26, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Made these today and they were a winner with my kids (& hubby!). I’m looking forward to experimenting with this recipe… Chia seeds, hemp seeds, some chopped nuts and maybe a few sneaky choc chips! Thanks for yet another tried and true recipe.

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    October 16, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Have just made another batch after the kids hounded me all week – they love them so much! The recipe is so flexible…I added chia seeds and pepitas and swapped half the sultanas for dried cranberries. And I didn’t have rice bubbles but did have a old box of spelt puffs the kids wouldn’t eat so used those instead. It still works!

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    February 22, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    For those who have made them, do they hold together well once cut? Could I leave the rice bubbles out altogether and up the oats / add more seeds?


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    October 3, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Made this today. It was awesome, thank you!

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    October 6, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    I guess anything would be healthier than bought muesli bars but does anyone know a substitute for butter to make it even more healthier?

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    January 20, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I’m not sure where I went wrong but mine is very crumbly even though I let it cool and set in the fridge overnight. Upon cutting it the next day it just crumbled everywhere. ?

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      Kelly - Be A Fun Mum
      January 24, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Did you press it hard into the tin before baking?

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      Kellie Lee
      February 7, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      I put mine in the freezer and then used a pizza cutter to slice it up.

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    January 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Hi amanda
    Can i freeze the slice for lunch boxes?

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    February 1, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Mine ended up really crumbly. I pressed it before cooking but maybe not hard enough?

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