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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. 
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.
Heidi Sze is a pre- and post-natal dietitian and nutritionist from the Mornington Peninsula. Her book Nurturing Your New Life was published in 2019. She has two kids, and shares thoughts on food and her life as a mostly stay-at-home mum over on her blog, Apples Under My Bed, and on Instagram. Every month, we publish a new recipe from Heidi as part of our Easy Dinners series.
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