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Caramel rice puff bars

RECIPE: Caramel rice puff bars

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These nutritious bars are easy to make and are the perfect snack to add to a healthy school lunch box.

These caramel rice puff bars are the perfect treat for your children not only because they taste delicious but they are packed full of ingredients that are a source of the mineral zinc. 

Pepitas, tahini, chia seeds and sesame seeds are good plant-based sources of this essential nutrient. 

So, what makes zinc an important for children in their development years? 

Zinc plays a role in hundreds of body processes and helps support growth and development, your growing kids’ immune system, and general wellbeing. 

Not only will these bars be a source of zinc for your little Well Being, they’re also nut-free making them an easy school lunchbox treat for them to enjoy during a long day of learning and playing. 

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dairy free, refined sugar free, gluten free

makes 10 large bars or 20 small bars


  • 3 cups puffed brown rice
  • 1 cup pepitas, lightly smashed
  • ¼ cup black chia seeds
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ cup tahini, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds

How to make

  • Start by lining a square baking tray (20cm x 20cm) with baking paper and set aside
  • Place the puffed rice, pepitas and chia seeds into a mixing bowl and combine them together. Heat the honey and 1/2 a cup of the tahini in a saucepan on the stove over a medium heat, stirring continuously for 3 minutes until the mixture is warmed through. Add the hot tahini to the puffed rice mixture and stir well ensuring everything is coated and combined well (it will be very sticky!)
  • Press the sticky mixture into the prepared baking tray, pressing it down really well with a spatula or the palm of your hand to ensure the bars stick together. Place in the fridge to set for 1 hour
  • Once set, remove the slab from the tray and slice it into 10 or 20 equal pieces. Mix the remaining 1/4 cup of tahini with the melted coconut oil and place the sesame seeds on a small plate. Dip one end of each bar in the tahini coating, then immediately in sesame seeds and place back on the tray. Once complete, set again in the fridge for 10 minutes and then store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days

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Roberta of Naturo Medico is a Naturopathic Practitioner who specialises in preventative care and women’s health. From her Melbourne-based clinic, Roberta sees women of all ages wanting to meet their own health goals and assists them on their path with personalised treatments specific to their needs.

Alongside practice, Roberta shares healthful and nutrient-rich recipes with her readers who inspire her to continue educating on what health and wellbeing means and how it can be achieved.

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