As the start of term looms up these back to school muesli bars are a perfect snack for the kids lunchbox!

I used to love the summer holidays as a kid – that expanse of days and weeks at the end of the year. Day after day of hanging at the beach or friend’s pools, play dates, sleep-overs, sunburn, videos and junk food.

It seemed endless.

I grew up in a beachside town and summer was when it was at it’s finest. It was transformed from it’s sleepy self to a vibrant place teeming with holiday makers all smelling like coconut oil and BBQ sausages.

A heady combination.

It was always on the last day or two that you invariably made a new best friend, and every year your heart got broken…. As I got older those ‘friends’ were more often boys but that’s a story for another time.

That last night before school started and you were trying to cover books and clean that funky smell out of your school bag from the 6-week-old mouldy sandwich you’d just discovered and it all seemed to have wizzed passed you in the blink of an eye for another year.

Now that I’m a parent I can see that the summer holidays will be a whole different ball game.

My wee ones are still at home so I’m not yet down with the whole daily school vibe, but I imagine that once the Christmas and New Year excitement dies down it’s 5 weeks of entertaining children and juggling commitments with family.

Yep, I imagine a few of you will be looking forward to school going back. Sure, you’ll miss the kidlets dearly, but let’s face it – 6 weeks is a long time.

At least with this in their lunchbox you can rest assured that it won’t be discovered all mouldyat the bottom of their bag in 6 weeks time.

This never lasts long at all.

muesli bars

Ingredients (Makes 24)

  • 125g butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • ¼ cup raw sugar
  • 1.5 cups puffed brown rice (avail in either cereal aisle or health aisle at major supermarkets)
  • 1.5 cups raw quick cook oats (these are smaller pieces and easier for little jaws and digestive tracts to handle)
  • ¼ cup mixed seeds, pepitas, sesame, sunflower, whatever you want
  • 1.5 cups dried fruit of your choice. I love cranberries, sultanas, apricots and dates
  • ½ cup shredded coconut



  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Mine is 34cmx22cm to give you an idea of how big you need.
  2. Combine honey, sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and stir for about a minute to let it thicken a little. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Throw all your dry ingredients into a big bowl together and make a little well in the centre. Pour over your syrup and stir it until all dry ingredients are well coated and combined. Spoon into tray and I press down firmly with a big spoon to make it nice and even but also to compact it as much as I can before cooking. Pop it in the over for about 20 minutes, depending on oven, maybe 25 minutes, until it’s golden. Remove from oven.
  4. At this stage, I get a clean cake tin and I press this puppy down as much as possible. The first time I made it I was picking up puffed rice from all manner of nooks and crannies so I reckon this step is imperative unless you want to eat outdoors or you have a dog that likes muesli. Leave to cool, put it on a board and cut into desired size.
  5. I get about 20 pieces but I may be known to cut them chunky…..cos I’m a pig.
  • Sounds good. Will have to try.


  • This sounds delicious, can’t wait to try it.


  • I’d put these in my lunchbox for work too. Would be nice with some chia seeds added, and some chopped walnuts. Healthy and tasty, you can’t argue with that!


  • Made similar on Suday for this week’s lunchboxes, work snack too. They are nearly all gone already, very yum and I”m happy because they are a healthy, energy-giving snack.


  • a nice healthy slice
    seems rather nice!


  • Oh wow always after some new yummy recipes for the kids school lunch boxes!


  • The kids will have fun making these and Mum will have fun cleaning up! All worth it of course. :)


  • Yah no nuts something to try over the holidays


  • Do we have to share this with the kids?


  • Thats was a great article to read, nothing beats home made – thank you for sharing!


  • thank you sharing this article good read


  • Delicious bars! I skipped on sesame seeds as my little ones go to nut free schools & also roasted the oats before adding in because I was uncomfortable with the idea of feeding them raw oats.


  • These look delicious and so healthy but will substitute amaranth or quinoa for oats.

    • Yes! I just bought a load of puffed quinoa today to start playing with it. Already whipped up some healthy, crunchy truffles!


  • These look tasty, excited about trying these.


  • Looks good, great idea! – thank you for sharing!


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