As a mother, I am always in the kitchen creating new and exciting recipes and food for my kids lunch boxes. I try to give them so much variety on a daily basis, while also covering their nutritional needs. Our kids barely eat anything out of a packet (however we aren’t perfect), so I am always on a quest to create healthy versions of ‘junk food’ so my children feel special and never feel they are missing out.
You know you have nailed it when your child’s friends try to secretly swap food with them at school and you have parents asking for your recipe.
I wanted to create a slice that was like a muesli bar minus all of the sugar and other processed fats, preservatives etc. I also wanted it to be grain free, to include lots of healthy fats to feed their growing brains and contain calcium for their growing bodies.
Well, finally I nailed it and here it is!
Make up a huge batch, slice it up and store it in the freezer. When you are packing lunches in the morning, all you need to do is grab it out and pop it in for a school snack taste sensation. Its so easy to create and all of our family and friends will rave about it. Give it a go.
You can change this recipe up too depending on your pantry items or cravings at the time. You can add 1/2 cup of choc chips or replace the mango with sultanas, apricots or dried figs.
Getting into the kitchen and cooking your own food is the best thing you can do for our children’s health and it’s such a privilege too. Happy cooking!!
Mango Lunchbox Slice
- Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees C.
- Chop up pitted dates and butter into small pieces.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Place all dry ingredients into a food processor and blitz until it resembles a crumble consistency.
- Add wet ingredients and blitz to combine.
- Press mixture into a lined baking tin (approximately a 20cm x 20cm tin).
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- Once cooled, slice into muesli bar slices.
- Store in a biscuit tin or freeze for use down the track.