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Apple & cinnamon lunchbox bars

Dietitian Rachel Scoular

A healthy take on the classic muesli bar

A slice of an apple cinnamon bar served on a plate next to a green apple
A slice of an apple cinnamon bar served on a plate next to a green apple

These lunchbox bars are a healthy take on the classic muesli bar. While they taste quite sweet, these are low in sugar thanks to a special ingredient – apple! Not only does the apple puree (also known as apple sauce) minimise the need to add extra sugar, but it’s also the secret to keeping these bars moist.

These snacks will last up to three days in the fridge or two months if you freeze them. They’re also free from nuts and suitable to pack for the kids to take to school!

Serves: 9 bars
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 30 mins

Credit: nib health insurance


  • 3 cups rolled oats

  • 1 Granny Smith apple, grated (excess water removed)

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup apple puree

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 eggs, whisked

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 2 tbsp butter, melted

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. 1

    Pre-heat oven to 180°C/160°C (fan forced) and line a 15cm x 30 cm rectangular pan with baking paper

  2. 2

    Mix together the rolled oats, grated apple, baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl until combined. In a medium jug, whisk together remaining wet ingredients

  3. 3

    Pour wet ingredients into the bowl and combine with the dry ingredients. Mix well

  4. 4

    Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until firm to touch. Allow to cool before slicing into nine pieces

Want to make it dairy free? Substitute the butter for coconut oil and milk for a plant-based alternative (almond, soy, rice milk). For more information on plant-based or vegan alternatives, check out our article 5 healthy alternatives to cow’s milk.

Looking for some easy recipes? We’ve put together a range of vegan meal ideas, from blender pancakes to a one-pot lasagne. Head to our article 5 easy vegan recipes you can meal prep this weekend for more. Or, if you‘ve got a sweet tooth, check out these healthy macadamia brownies.

Nutritional InfoServe
Fat Total5.3g
Saturated Fat2.4g
Carbohydrates Total20.2g
Sugars Total10.5g
A portrait of Rachel Scoular in her kitchen

Dietitian Rachel Scoular

Rachel Scoular is a leading Australian APD Dietitian and Nutritionist with a wealth of experience in the food industry and media. Rachel is passionate about helping people look and feel their best and she is motivated to always equip and empower individuals with quality nutrition advice. Find out more at