Lunchbox friendly date and oat slice

Categories: Snacks

Looking for lunchbox friendly treats? This date and oat slice is perfect. Children love these delicious snack size treats and they are as tasty and sweet as they are healthy. Most muesli bars that you find at the supermarket are full of added sugar. This recipe is so easy to make and you can whip up a big batch and freeze it. Great to add to kids’ lunch boxes, as an afternoon snack or even as a quick breakfast on the go. It’s refined sugar-free and has no added preservatives or colours.

Fibre packed with great flavour

These snack size treats are packed full of fibre, which helps maintain cholesterol and is also good for your little ones’ digestion. Fibre will help keep their bowels working properly while cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels and can also boost brain activity. The sunflower seeds are high in Vitamin E, which is linked to healthy cardiovascular function and pumpkin seeds are high in magnesium and zinc, which is essential for metabolism and digestive health.

Ingredients:

2 cups medjool dates
3 tbsp. coconut oil
3 tbsp. chia seeds
4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup dried fruit
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
12 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tsp. of cinnamon

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Combine the chia seeds with 12 tablespoons of water. Let it sit until a gel forms.
Take the seeds out of the dates and cover the dates with boiling water for 5 minutes.
Blend the dates with the coconut oil until you get a smooth paste.
Add the oats, coconut, seeds, cinnamon and dried fruit to a bowl and stir in the date mixture.
Add the chia gel and mix well.
Line a baking tray with baking paper. Pour the mixture into the tray and spread it out evenly.
Cook in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the top is a lovely golden brown.
Let it set for 20 minutes on the bench.
Cut into snack size pieces and store the bars in an airtight container and freeze.

Take the slices out of the freezer and place them in the children’s lunchboxes – they will be defrosted by the time your kids eat them at recess or lunch.

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