Chewy pistachio and choc chip muesli bars

16 May 2011
by Phuoc

It’s quite sad that I haven’t actually been baking as frequently as I would like to but it’s a simple case of coming home tired from a long day during the week and wanting to do absolutely nothing but relax on the weekend. I hope to snap out of that bad habit soon. Though I’m still struggling trying to find a balance between uni/study, blogging, social life and me time.

When I’m having a lazy day but really, really want to bake something, I go for things that require very little effort and are quick to knock up. I know this might be a little boring but recently I wanted to make some muesli bars. Only because I know that this cold weather would make me pile up on excess baggage from all the comforting food I’ll be consuming so I might as well try balance it out by making something that is somewhat “healthy”.

What I like about this recipe is that you can modify it any way you want. Don’t like pistachios? That’s ok, add any nut you want into it and how ever much you want. I only had about half a cup so I had to make do with what I had. You could get experimental and also add fruit into it, I had thoughts of using apples, pears and even blueberries! I’ve got a bag of frozen raspberries that I think I might use up for the next batch. These muesli bars are on the chewy side so those who like them crunchy maybe cook them for another 10-15 minutes longer, just be mindful not to burn them.

So tell me, how do you like your muesli bars? Are you on team chewy or crunchy?


Original recipe by Phuoc

Makes 24 (4 x 7.5cm/1.5 x 3 inch) bars

200g butter

1/2 cup (150g) honey

1/3 cup brown sugar

3 1/2 cup rolled oats

1 cup flour

1 egg

3/4 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup shelled pistachio nuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 160C (320F) and line a 30 x 25 cm (12 x 10 inch) baking tin with baking paper.
  2. Combine butter, honey and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar and butter has melted.
  3. Stir butter mixture into big mixing bowl containing rolled oats and flour.
  4. Add egg and mix until well combined.
  5. Add chocolate chips and pistachio nuts until well combined.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin; press and level the mixture, covering the entire tin.
  7. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until golden brown, turning the tin halfway throughout baking.
  8. Cool in tin for 5 minutes before turning out on a wire rack.
  9. Cut the muesli into 4 x 7.5cm (1.5 x 3 inch) bars.

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  1. Kitchen Butterfly

    Finding a balance – Go with the flow. I find myself struggling sometimes in front of the computer, determined to finish a blog post…. but not being able. I leave it be……

    Its not easy to balance so many things but I hope you find the right tempo for yourself and keep the important things right at the top.

    And finally, I do love the look of the muesli bars. Take care

  2. Karen | C&C

    Team Chewy!!! Especially with lots of honey and choc chips πŸ˜€

  3. john@heneedsfood

    It’s chewy all the way for me. Just like these little beauties you’ve made

  4. Martyna (Wholesome Cook)

    I love recipes you can modify! This looks great for a wintry treat!

  5. Jacq

    I’m on team chewy! And I know that adding chocolate doesn’t really make it healthy anymore but I love choc chips in my muesli bars

  6. Sara @ Belly Rumbles

    Team crunchy! What a great recipe, love ones that are easy to mix and match ingredients in, is a good way to use up the bits and pieces.

  7. chopinandmysaucepan

    Definitely chewy if it is sweet. If savoury, I would prefer crunchy πŸ™‚

  8. mademoiselle dΓ©licieuse

    I’ma bit of a muesli bar whore and would swing from chewy to crunchy and back again during my school years! I’m not fussy =p

  9. Simon @ the heart of food

    Depends on my mood. Lately, team chewy. These look so crumbly delicious πŸ™‚

  10. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Do I have to pick a team? I’m a fan of both πŸ™‚ I like them chewy when there are chocolate chips or dried fruit involved, but crunchy when they are just oats and nuts.

  11. muppy

    Great idea, i like mine on the crunchy side πŸ™‚

  12. nic@diningwithastud

    Def team crunchy! These look great! I might do some with pistachios and figs πŸ™‚

  13. Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul

    Team chewy here too! And with a glass of milk as wel! Thanks for sharing Phuoc.

  14. Kulsum at JourneyKitchen

    Chewy it is! This looks and sounds fabulous. I can have anything with pista and chocolate!

  15. Helen (grabyourfork)

    Team Crunchy all the way. lol. If you leave crunchy alone it ends up being chewy anyway. Haha.

  16. catty

    That looks so good. and cos it’s muesli and um, nuts, it’s healthy right? not to worry about the chocolate chips πŸ™‚

  17. Adrian in Food Rehab

    Crunchy- especially when there’s chocolate involved! πŸ™‚

  18. anh

    yummo! Is this the pic you told me about? i like the simplicity!

  19. Sneh | Cook Republic

    Team crunchy! All the way. I love that you added pistachios, they make the bars pop with their gorgeous color. I am so making these with pistachios and cranberries!

  20. Phuoc

    Seems like we have an even split as it was looking like a chewy landslide initially.

    Kitchen Butterfly: Thank you for you words, I hope I find that balance one day πŸ™‚

    Karen: Mmmm now that sounds nice, my thoughts when I read your comment was to use honeycomb! Now how awesome would that be!

    John: Ngawww thanks!

    Martyna: I know what you mean, I love being able to create things from ingredients that I have left in the pantry/kitchen.

    Jacq: Shhhh.. Don’t say that out too loudly lol But yes I know… Chocolate makes everything better!

    Sara: I couldn’t agree with you more; perfect way to use that last bit of ingredient πŸ™‚

    Chopinandmysaucepan: I’ve never had a savoury muesli bar before but your preference for chewy vs crunchy is interesting.. Now to find a savoury muesli bar.

    Mademoiselle dΓ©licieuse: HAHAHA.. “Muesli whore” “Not fussy” Oh girl, you crack me up!

    Simon: They are indeed slightly crumbly πŸ™‚

    Sylvie: That’s alright I can understand where you’re coming from; I’d prefer crunchy too if it was loaded with roasted nuts YUM!

    Muppy: Thanks! πŸ™‚

    Nic: Oh my! Pistachio and figs sounds wonderful.

    Peter: There’s something definitely comforting about having baked goods with a glass of milk.

    Kulsum: Thank you πŸ™‚

    Helen: Haha nice one!

    Catty: Why of course! lol Well.. I like to convince myself that they are somewhat healthy… Just ignore the choc chips, butter and sugar :p

    Adrian: Chocolate makes everything better…

    Anh: Umm I think so.. Thanks!

    Sneh: That flavour combo sounds great! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

  21. Susan

    I definitely like chewy things, although I am partial to something crunchy sometimes.

  22. Phuoc

    Susan: It’s nice to mix it up sometimes πŸ™‚

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