My youngest babe is starting school next week. My feels are all over the place. One minute I’m thrilled to bits for this really ace kid as he is so excited to be going to school, and the fact that he looks super cute in his uniform is a bonus. The next, a wave of pure emotion washes over me and I have water welling in my eyes. I’m looking forward to the silence that will transcend over the house, especially after the Yell Fest 15/16 (school holidays) ends. I can’t believe how loud an argument between a ten year old and an eight year old is! I really can’t wait for all the extra mental space I will get with no interruptions from children requesting food, drinks, more food, the ipad and all their other really important needs to be able to focus on my little nutrition business (if you need a Nutritionist in 2016, I know a good one!).
I really can’t quite believe how quickly life travels and a milestone, such as your youngest starting school, is such a reminder of this. Whilst I am going to miss my ace kid so freaking much, I am also so very ready for the next stage in my life. The stage where I get to make a whole heap of goals and hit them hard. This year of 2016 I have declared to be the year of me. The last ten years has seen me devote so much time, energy and love towards my kidlets, and whilst I wouldn’t have had it any other way, I am now ready to make me more of a focus of the time, energy and love.
That said, I still need to get the kids organised for their imminent return to school and so I hit the kitchen this morning and knocked up a rather awesome muesli bar slice. Me being me, it had to be nourishing and delicious, and I reckon I have met the brief. Oats are such a great addition to your baking as they provide heaps of soluble fibre, keeping little tummies feeling fuller for longer. Oats are also a good source of B vitamins, particularly thiamin and niacin, that assist in energy metabolism and helping fuel active bodies.
I thought it only fair that I share this winning muesli bar slice recipe, as I know quite a few mums that will be feeling all the feels about their kiddos starting school this year. And for those of you well established in the school life, I salute you, you survived the holidays. Enjoy the peace next week. And maybe a cheeky piece of my muesli bar slice.
Muesli Bar Slice
1 1/2 cups oats
1 cup puffed rice
1/2 cup quinoa flakes
1/3 cup wholemeal spelt flour
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup nut butter or tahini
1/2 cup honey or rice malt syrup
1/2 cup golden caster sugar or coconut sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 160C. Line a slice tray with baking paper.
Mix the oats, puffed rice, quinoa flakes, spelt flour, coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and chia seeds in a large mixing bowl.
Pop the butter, nut butter, honey, sugar and vanilla into a saucepan and gently melt everything together over a low heat.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir well to combine everything together. Pour the batter into the lined slice tray and bake in the oven for 30 minutes until golden on the top. Remove and let cool completely before slicing.
Here’s to moving forward