Easy lunchbox idea: chocolate chip muesli bars

15 Feb



My gals love muesli bars in their lunchboxes but I don’t love the packaging. Or the sugar. And muesli bars are so fast and cheap to make at home that there really is no need to buy them.

This recipe makes heaps and they keep for at least a week in a sealed container, making them the perfect snack.

Feel free to switch the choc bits for something else – nuts, if your school allows them, would be great (I’m thinking macadamias) or maybe dried apricots if your kids are fans (mine are not).

I was inspired by a recipe from taste.com – I halved the sugar and reduced the amount of chips used, and changed the oil used.


2 1/2 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup desiccated coconut

¾ cup choc bits – I used a mix of butterscotch and choc chips

1/3 cup brown sugar

2/3 cup plain flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup canola oil

1/3 cup milk

1 egg

Chocolate chip muesli bars. The Hungry Mum.


Sift flour and baking powder together, set aside.

Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a shallow slice tin, 18cm x 28cm. along baking paper to overhang to make removal easier.

In a large bowl stir together oats, coconut, sugar and choc bits, then stir in flour mixture.

In a large jug whisk together the milk, oil and egg then tip into the dry mix and stir with a silver spoon until just combined.

Pour into tin and use damp fingers to gently and evenly press down.

Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool in pan before removing to wire rack, then cut into bars when completely cold.



19 Responses to “Easy lunchbox idea: chocolate chip muesli bars”

  1. A Cookbook Collection February 15, 2016 at 9:31 am #

    They look great. I’m trying to get a recipe for these bars that I really like but I’ve yet to find one. I’ll give these a go!

    • The Hungry Mum March 7, 2016 at 12:42 am #

      I hope you had a chance to make these, my gals loved them.

      • A Cookbook Collection March 7, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

        Not yet – my recipe wishlist is growing by the day! But I will get around to it and let you know how I get on

  2. laughswithlizzie February 15, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    What a fab recipe to have handy for lunchbox ideas – thank you!

    • The Hungry Mum February 15, 2016 at 10:24 am #

      Thanks so much – it always good to have a home-made treat to snack on at school 😉

      • laughswithlizzie February 15, 2016 at 10:27 am #

        Couldn’t agree more – I’m even tempted to chuck a few of these in my paper bag for work! No harm in that!

        If you have any time, could you please swing by my YouTube channel that I just launched? Here’s a wee vid from this week – hopefully it gives you a wee chuckle to start the week off right! https://youtu.be/FKYzxryKntU

  3. Linda February 15, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    …Looks simple and delicious!

  4. youthfoodblog February 15, 2016 at 7:02 pm #

    Great lunch box idea for a busy day of school!

  5. Stephanie Leduc February 15, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

    Super cute, I am sure adults and kids a like would love this!

    • The Hungry Mum March 7, 2016 at 12:42 am #

      I may or may not have scoffed a whole heap of these bars #soDid

  6. ChgoJohn February 16, 2016 at 1:39 am #

    Looking at the lunchbox fillings, I’d say everything was “tradable” but the muesli bars. They’re worth far more than anything any of the other kids would have. Now, if you would give your kids 2 bars, they could keep one and use the other to become rich, by lunchroom standards. 🙂

    • The Hungry Mum March 7, 2016 at 12:44 am #

      ha ha! Vegemite and cheese sandwiches have zero currency, as that’s what the vast majority of kids take to school 🙂 But yes, popping two in the lunchbox is a win/win for Miss 8!

  7. Lilly Sue February 16, 2016 at 5:09 am #

    Ooh love the idea! Thanks!

  8. Antonia February 16, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    Fantastic recipe! I am always looking for new snack ideas for the little ones 🙂

  9. missemzyy February 16, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

    Delicious! The perfect snack!

  10. Karen February 16, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

    When you have a snack that makes both mom and kids happy, you know it is a keeper.

  11. deliciouslynell February 17, 2016 at 7:32 am #

    You’re right! Perfect lunchbox idea!

  12. Anna @ shenANNAgans February 26, 2016 at 12:52 am #

    Now THAT is a lunchbox. We had to make our own school lunches, so vegemite sambos were about as creative as it got. If I ever have kids, their lunches will be totally gourmet. 🙂

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