Muesli Squares are perfect for the school lunch-box with their minimal sugar and no artificial additives.
A quick look at most supermarket muesli bars and snack bars will reveal a bucket-load of sugar which no one needs in their lunch-box plus some artificial additives. Many of these may claim to be healthy or natural but there is nothing healthy about excess sugar, even if is natural dried fruit. Too much sugar may disrupt your blood-sugar levels with a possible knock-on effect on your energy and moods.
125g melted coconut oil (could use butter)
170g rice malt syrup
1 tsp ground cinnamon
100g rolled quinoa flakes (could use oats)
60g each of sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pepitas
80g shredded coconut
1 tbsp ground chia/flaxseeds
2 tbsp sultanas (or other dried fruit)
- combine the oil and sweetener plus cinnamon on a low heat, stirring for a few minutes
- combine all the dry ingredients
- stir in the oil mixture until well combined
- for a less chunky muesli square, process in food mixer to get your ideal texture
- press firmly into a small slice tin lined with baking paper
- pop into the freezer for 10 minutes to set
- remove from the tin and cut into squares
This recipe was adapted from the “Well Nourished’s Lunchbox” which has over 50 nutrient-dense recipes with heaps of gluten-free and/or dairy-free options. Definitely worth adding to your cookbook collection!