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Smoky chocolate cereal bars

I love a muesli bar as much as the next person, but the ones on supermarket shelves often have a number of suspicious ingredients. Try making a batch of these cereal bars instead. Use plain almonds and salt if you prefer them without the smoky flavour.





  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 200 g (1 cup) pitted prunes, finely chopped
  • 180 g (2/3 cup) natural peanut or almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 160 g (1 cup) smoked almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 30 g (1 cup) puffed brown rice
  • 30 g (1/4 cup) cacao nibs
  • 40 g (1/4 cup) pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 150 g dark chocolate (85% cacao), melted
  • 1 teaspoon smoked sea salt


  1. Put the coconut oil and prunes in a large wide-based saucepan over low to medium heat and mash with a fork.
  2. Stir in the nut butter and honey until well combined and gooey.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir through almonds, puffed rice, cacao nibs and pepitas. Mix well.
  4. Press the mixture in a layer about 1.5 cm thick into the base of a silicone baking tin or a baking tin lined with baking paper.

This recipe is extracted from Sally’s book MEAL PREP PLAN. Available from all good book stores and online from September 03 2019.

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Smoky Cereal Bars | Sally O'Neil Photography
Smoky Cereal Bars | Sally O’Neil Photography
Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).


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