+ Well Nourished ⎮ Fruit Crumble Muesli Bar (nut-free, egg-free, gluten-free, dairy-free options)

Fruit Crumble Muesli Bar

I love to make this slice if I need to use up over ripe fruit. I’m not a fan of using dried fruit (like dates/sultanas etc) in baking as I find it gives me a big sugar rush (followed by brain fog and energy slump) and I’ve also noticed my kids desire for sugar increases if they eat dried fruit. So I prefer to use fresh fruit in my baking and this Fruit Crumble Muesli Bar is one of my families favourite whole food treats.

Ingredients
Base / crumble
125g butter, diced
170g (½ cup) sweetener (rice malt syrup, maple syrup or honey)
½ teaspoon bicarbonate soda
120g (1 cup approx.) mixed seeds (I used sunflower seeds and pepitas)
120g (1 cup) wholemeal spelt flour
200g (2 cups) rolled oats or quinoa flakes (or a mixture)
50g (½ cup) desiccated coconut
1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon, ground

Filling
1 cup finely diced or sliced fruit
(your choices of plum, apricot, nectarine, peach, berries, apple, pear, cherry)
2 tablespoons sweetener (rice malt syrup, maple syrup or honey), optional
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds

*I’ve used cherry and plum in this photograph

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180℃ / 350℉.
  2. In a small pot melt the butter and sweetener, mixing to combine. Add the bicarb and stir well.
  3. I pulse the seeds in a food processor to break them up and make a finer slice (but you don’t have to). Mix the seeds, flour, oats (or quinoa), coconut and cinnamon in a bowl.
  4. Add the butter/ sweetener mix and stir to combine.
  5. Line a small tin (27cm x 18cm) with baking paper. Press ⅔ of the mixture into the base of the tin and press down firmly with wet hands and bake for 10 minutes. The remaining ⅓ will form the crumble top (so set aside until after the fruit is ready).
  6. Whilst this is baking, put all the filling ingredients into the small pot (that you used in the first stage, no need to wash).
  7. Simmer until the fruit starts to soften, stirring occasionally.
  8. Once the base is cooked, top with the fruit mixture and with wet hands, place with the rest of the crumble over the fruit.
  9. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until just golden brown.
  10. Allow to cool in the pan, refrigerate until firm and then cut into slices (cooling it allows for it to be sliced without crumbling).

Thermomix Method

  1. Melt the butter and sweetener 1 minute, temp 90, speed 3 or until melted and combined. Add the bicarb and mix 5 seconds speed 3. Set aside.
  2. Pulse the seeds, turbo button 3-4 times (check through the lid after each pulse to chop as required). Add the rest of the crumble ingredients and the butter/sweetener and mix 15 seconds, speed 3. You may need to scrape the sides to fully combine.
  3. The filling can also be cooked in the TMX, all of the ingredients into the bowl, reverse speed 1. The time depends upon the fruit (softer fruit needs less time), approx 3-5 minutes.
  4. Assemble as above.

Store
Airtight in the fridge or freezer. You can pack in school lunch boxes from frozen. I also love this heated up with fresh cream – very indulgent!!

Variations
Gluten-free
Substitute the spelt for gluten free flour and the oats with quinoa flakes (rolled quinoa).

Dairy-free
Substitute the butter with coconut oil.

Nutty
The seeds can be substituted with any nuts. I love this with chopped almonds and pecans or walnuts.

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  • Ilse van Staden

    Thank you for making life good with all your marvelous recipes. I made this and it’s awesome.

  • Thrilled you liked it Ilse. I had a heap of great comments on this recipe but I had to re-post the recipe due to website dramas so lost all the comments. Appreciate the feedback G x

  • Ruby Craddon

    This was beautiful, we made it dairy free and it was perfect

  • Anita

    Do you use dried or fresh fruit?

  • Liz

    Does this slice freeze?

  • Olivia

    I made this a couple of weeks ago with apple & blueberry, everyone loved it sooo much, have to make another one tomorrow. Thank you🤓

    • Glad you all enjoyed it Olivia – perhaps a double batch would be best lol. Thanks for your feedback G x

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