This article Cacao Nib Muesli Bars – A tasty lunchbox snack is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eat and Adventure Snacks.
Confession time. Sometimes the thought of cooking from scratch, wondering if I have all the ingredients, etc just hurts my tired mumma head. I just want someone to tell me YES! This is healthy. YES! You have all the ingredients. YES! It’s lunchbox friendly. That’s where these Homemade Cacao Nib Muesli Bars come in….
Homemade Cacao Nib Muesli Bars… the low down
You see, as I’m sure you are aware, not all packet mixes are created equally. Many of them are quite tasty, however I find the majority don’t tick too many boxes as far as healthy eating is concerned. I find sugar levels are generally through the roof, and the mixes generally contain a long list of ingredients, many which I have never heard of.
When I first received the make-at-home mix for the Cacao Nib Muesli Bars, I was expecting to see those same high sugar levels, and crazy list of ingredients…. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there is no added sugar added! And I actually recognised every ingredient, all to be wholesome for little tummies (and mummy tummies!).
Here’s some key nutritional information:
- Lunchbox friendly – No nuts
- Vegan option
- Easy and convenient
- No refined sugar
- No preservatives, artificial colours or flavours
Needless to say, I was looking forward to whipping a batch of these up with Julian after picking him up from school.
Time to get our bake on
When I looked at the packet, the ingredients that I needed in my pantry were simple: Coconut oil or butter, plus honey or rice malt syrup. I went with coconut oil and honey.
The packet also suggested adding some chopped dried fruit. I remembered I had some dried mangoes lingering in the pantry, so I chopped some of those up as toss ins.
The process to make them couldn’t be easier, which makes it a really great recipe to get the kids to help.
We simply placed all the ingredients together in big bowl, gave it a good mix, and then pressed the mixture into a baking tray. A short time in the oven and we were good to go! I’m not a natural chef (and I don’t have a stack of spare time) so I really love it when things come together so easily. I’m also time poor – so when things are so fast and easy, it’s a huge win for me!
Time to taste test our Homemade Cacao Nib Muesli Bars!
After they had cooked, cooled and had been sliced, I made a cuppa, Julian had a cup of milk, and we enjoyed tucking into our Cacao Nib Muesli Bars for afternoon tea.
They are naturally sweet, and I found it to be quite filling too. Julian munched down his straight away and was asking if he can have one in his lunchbox the following day. Thankfully, given these are nut free, they make a fabulous option for the school lunchbox.
I kept a few in the fridge, and popped the rest in the freezer so we had a little stash for lunchboxes through the week.
I wholeheartedly recommend these! They are wholesome, nutritious, lunchbox and allergy friendly. Not to mention super easy to make!
I will be absolutely making them again and have already been thinking about what other toss ins would work nicely. I’m going to add in a little dried cranberry and coconut into the next batch, with this delicious raw chocolate topping. The choc topping is made simply by mixing together the ingredients below:
Raw Chocolate Topping
- ½ Cup Coconut Oil
- 5 Tbsp Cacao Powder
- 5 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 Pinch of Salt
You can purchase your own Cacao Nib Muesli Bars rom Adventure snacks here. You’ll thank me later!
Rachel Cassidy is the author of this article and the founder of Little Peeps Eats. She is a passionate food blogger and brand ambassador, but her most important job is being a mum! Little Peeps Eats helps families take the stress out of mealtimes by providing healthy, kid approved recipes, as well as fussy eating tips and tricks. Their website hosts a directory of nutritionists, resources and mealtime products to ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips when it comes to feeding your family.