New Recipe: Muesli bars with honey and seeds

Parents of growing children will, no doubt, be well acquainted with the voracious hunger that can swiftly descend upon kids following school pick-up. 

These muesli bars, made with lots of seeds and honey, make for a mighty satisfying snack, particularly when served alongside a glass of kefir. Soft and chewy, with just a bit of crunch from the pepitas, my whole family enjoys them. 

You can also opt to switch the almond butter for hulled tahini.(ABC Everyday: Heidi Sze)

Here, generous amounts of honey, butter and almond butter act as a sort of glue that holds together the oats and seeds. Swapping the almond butter for hulled tahini will make these muesli bars nut free, and potentially a suitable lunch box snack for children who attend nut-free schools. Though keep in mind, some may be allergic to sesame seeds.

I like to make a big batch of these bars on the weekend and serve them not just after school, but at breakfast time, too — ideal for the mornings when you’re running late, or when you simply want something quick that requires little clean up. Many times I’ve enjoyed a bar or two for breakfast myself, alongside a cup of strong back coffee. Quite the perfect pick me up.

If you don’t have a tray that is 18x23cm, you can partially fill a larger tray instead.(ABC Everyday: Heidi Sze)


  • If using rolled oats instead of quick oats: pulse the oats a few times in a food processor to break them up. Using standard rolled oats will lead to crumbly bars.
  • Use natural almond butter: this means almond butter that is made of 100 per cent almonds.
  • Swap the almond butter for hulled tahini: this will make the bars nut free, however keep in mind this won’t be suitable for anyone allergic to sesame seeds.
  • Avoid using peanut butter: I don’t recommend swapping the almond butter for peanut butter — the flavour doesn’t suit the bars. 
  • Baking tray: if you don’t have a tray that is precisely 18cm x 23cm, you can use a slightly larger tray and simply leave some of the tray unfilled (ie. form the mixture into a shape that is 18cm x 23cm).
  • Allow the bars to cool completely before slicing: it’s very important you allow the muesli bars to cool completely in the pan before slicing. This will take 12 hours. I know, I know — it’s hard to wait. But if you fast track the process, the bars will likely crumble. 
It’s very important to allow the muesli bars to cool for 1–2 hours in the pan before slicing.(ABC Everyday: Heidi Sze)

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