Greek Yogurt Muesli Bars

Greek Yogurt Muesli Bars
Staff Writer

Tina Rupp

Few people have survived on a tiny tropical island by eating muesli, but I am one such person. To make a long story short, there was a dreadful "resort" that featured two breakfast items: leaden German pancakes and muesli. Lunch was not served at all, and with no stores on the island, I would down three bowls of muesli every morning. Here, I’ve created a portable version of my favorite mélange. 

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12
Servings
296
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2  Cup  old-fashioned or quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2  Cup  nuts, chopped, such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, or pistachios
  • 1/4  Cup  seeds, such as sesame seeds or sunflower seeds
  • 1/4  Cup  unsweetened flake or shredded coconut, finely chopped
  • 1/2  Cup  lightly packed all-natural, sweetened vanilla whey protein powder
  • large egg
  • 2/3  Cups  plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/3  Cup  natural, unsweetened nut or seed butter
  • 3  Tablespoons  honey
  • 2  Tablespoons  virgin coconut oil, warmed until melted
  • 1  Tablespoon  finely grated lemon or orange zest
  • 1/2  Cup  chopped dried fruit, such as cherries, apricots, figs, or raisins
  • 1/4  Cup  white chocolate chips
  • 1  Tablespoon  virgin coconut oil
  • 1  Tablespoon  plan, nonfat Greek yogurt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Spread the oats, nuts, seeds, and coconut on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 6 to 8 minutes, shaking halfway through, until golden and fragrant. Transfer to a large bowl, let cook, and stir in the protein powder.

Mix together the egg, yogurt, nut or seed butter, honey, oil, and lemon zest until blended. Add the yogurt mixture to the oats mixture and stir until just blended. Mix in the dried fruit. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for 13 to 16 minutes or until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. 

Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave or double-boiler according to the package directions. Whisk in the coconut oil until blended, then whisk in the Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon at a time, until blended and smooth. Spread or drizzle over cooled, uncut bars. Alternatively, dunk the ends of cut bars and place on an unlined cookie sheet.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes until the coating has hardened.

Using the liner, lift the mixture from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 12 bars.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
15g
21%
Sugar
17g
19%
Saturated Fat
8g
33%
Cholesterol
4mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
32g
25%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
101µg
14%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
4mg
5%
Vitamin E, added
1mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
31µg
34%
Calcium, Ca
132mg
13%
Choline, total
27mg
6%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Fluoride, F
1µg
0%
Folate, total
54µg
14%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
47mg
15%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
127mg
18%
Selenium, Se
10µg
18%
Sodium, Na
175mg
12%
Water
31g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

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