Maple, cranberry and pecan muesli bars recipe

These maple, cranberry and pecan muesli bars are crunchy on the outside with a little chew on the inside. They are rich, fruity with hints of butterscotch.


The maple syrup and pecans in these bars are age-old friends, while the cranberries bring a fruity tart hit which keeps the sweetness in check. It’s tricky to think of a time of day when they wouldn’t work well. They are ideal with mid-morning coffee, or as a sweet finish to lunch and great with a cup of tea in the afternoon. They also make a great, super easy pud, if you break them up into small pieces and serve them over the top of vanilla ice cream.



The recipe uses a straightforward flapjack method. Melt the butter, sugar and maple syrup gently in a pan and then stir in the dry ingredients before packing in a tray and baking in the oven for 30 minutes. I’ve added rice crispies to give that little chew inside and make them lighter than the usual flapjack.

I have bought maple flavoured syrup in the past and was seriously disappointed. I now always buy proper maple syrup.

For more information on bars like this and flapjacks have a look at this post.


Maple, cranberry and pecan muesli bars recipe


These bars will last for a week in an air tight container.

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 10 bars


  • 100 g / 3 ½ oz maple syrup
  • 100 g / 3 ½ oz butter
  • 100 g / 3 ½ oz brown sugar
  • 100 g / 3 ½ oz oats
  • 50 g / 2 oz rice crispies
  • 100 g / 3 ½ oz muesli
  • 100 g / 3 ½ oz pecan nuts
  • 100 g / 3 ½ oz cranberries

20 cm x 20 cm / 8 ” x 8 ” tin
greaseproof paper


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C fan / 350°F / Gas mark 4.
  2. Line the tin with greaseproof paper.
  3. Mix the oats, rice crispies, muesli, pecans and cranberries in a bowl.
  4. Place the maple syrup, 100 g of butter and brown sugar in a saucepan and melt over a gentle heat.
  5. When the sugar has completely dissolved- check the back of your spoon to ensure you can’t see any crystals left – remove from the heat.
  6. Add in the dry ingredients and mix well.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the tin and press down well with the back of a spoon.
  8. Bake in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes until lightly brown.
  9. Leave to cool for 30 minutes in the tin before cutting into ten bars.


  • Carbohydrates: 42g

2 thoughts on “Maple, cranberry and pecan muesli bars recipe

  1. Thanks, another gorgeous recipe.

    Have you thought that you could make them into a calender for 2016?

    I do not know how easy/difficult it is to do it.

    ML Car xx

    1. Hi Car,

      So glad you like the recipe. Hmm, I hadn’t thought of a calendar, could be a fun project, will do some investigating.


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