Yum. When the twins nap or sleep in and I actually have time to plan out breakfast, it's a treat. Yesterday I had about 20 minutes to put together this vegan gluten-free muesli protein bar, loosely based on my favorite Brookie Bar (brownie + cookie). This is sort of an uber-healthy Blondie + Cookie Bar, but "Blookie Bar" sounds terrible, so Muesli Protein Bar it is!
These are excellent too to store in a glass to-go container or reusable food storage baggie for park adventures, or in my gym bag for a post workout class snack.
And now for the recipe:
Muesli Protein Bars
Museli Cookie Layer:
1 cup Seven Sundays Blueberry Chia Buckwheat Muesli
2/3 cup gluten-free oat flour
1/2 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
1/4 cup almond butter (or sunflower seed butter to be nut-free)
2 TBSP pure maple syrup
2 TBSP coconut oil, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Protein Blondie Layer:
1/4 cup almond or seed butter
1 TBSP pure maple syrup
1 TBSP coconut oil, melted
1 scoop (23g) vegan vanilla protein powder
2/3 cup oat flour
1/3 cup almond flour*
up to 1/2 cup water, as needed for texture to be smooth
Additional 1/3 cup Seven Sundays Blueberry Chia Buckwheat Muesli
1. Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8" pan with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, stir the ingredients and press into the pan. Rinse out the bowl and whisk the blondie layer ingredients together.
*I made my own almond flour by grinding almonds but I prefer superfine almond flour when I have it, as the texture is smoother and fluffier.
If mixture is too wet add more almond flour, if too dry, and a bit more water until you can spread and press mixture atop the cookie bar layer.
3. Sprinkle additional muesli on top and bake for 16-18 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack then slice into 16 squares and serve!
Why Seven Sundays Muesli? Because of their functional nutrition: "Our muesli has ½ the sugar and twice the protein as leading granolas and oatmeal, along with more fiber than leading muesli brands. Each serving has 37 grams of whole grains for sustained energy and keeping you full until your next meal" and because they are Non-GMO Project verified and contains all responsibly sourced ingredients.
And nope, this post is not sponsored by this muesli brand; it's simply my favorite! Since having twins, I do not make my own muesli or granola nearly enough as I'd like too...so I'm happy to use brands like these.