Struggling to find healthy snacks that are safe to send to school? You will be king of the kids if you sneak one of these healthy and delicious nut-free muesli squares into your kiddies lunchbox. Starring quinoa, these healthy treats are jam packed with protein and fibre, and just happen to be nut-free and refined sugar free…I’m not even kidding! And if your a big kid. Say hello to your new favourite breakfast on the go. Yep the school run never tasted so good.
Nut-Free Muesli Squares
The perfect healthy snack for your kids lunch box
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1 cup of quinoa flakes
- 1 cup of coconut flakes or shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup of seeds (I used pepitas (pumpkin seeds), sunflower seeds and linseeds)
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/2 cup rice malt syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 20 grams of 85% or above dark chocolate - that's about 2 large squares (optional)
- Step 1 Preheat your oven to 180 celsius or 350 fahrenheit and line a slice tin with baking paper
- Step 2 Place the rolled oats, quinoa flakes, coconut flakes, seeds and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl
- Step 3 In a saucepan, melt the tahini, rice malt syrup and coconut oil over low to medium heat, stirring until the mixture is smooth
- Step 4 Pour the tahini mixture over the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl and stir until well combined
- Step 5 Spoon the mixture into the slice tin, and then press down flat with your fingers
- Step 6 Put the tin in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. The slice may still be soft when it comes out of the oven, but it will become firmer as it cools
- Step 7 Leave to cool in the pan for about 15-20 minutes and then slice into squares. It easiest to slice just before it has completely cooled.
- Step 8 If you want a chocolate topper, melt the dark chocolate in the microwave for 40-50 seconds stirring as you go, and drizzle over your muesli squares with a teaspoon
- Where can I find quinoa flakes? Check out the health food aisle of your local supermarket.
- You can make these gluten free, by ditching the oats and adding another cup of quinoa flakes.
- Not fussed about fructose? Sweeten your slices with honey or maple syrup instead.
- Take it from me, these make a great breakfast. Eat them on the run, with milk like weetbix, or crumble a slice and serve it with yoghurt and berries…the options are endless!
- Your slices will keep in the fridge for a week in a sealed container…so no need to eat them all at once, okay?
We would love to hear what healthy snacks you are packing in your kids lunch boxes. Tell us in the comments section below.