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Healthy lunchbox filler – Nutty porridge slice

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Looking for a deliciously healthy snack to satisfy the pickiest of little eaters?

This slice is straight from my mum’s recipe book, and is a firm favourite with my kids. It’s a great lunchbox filler or weekend snack. Best of all, with only three steps and minimal washing up, it’s perfect for busy mums as well.

Once baked, this slice will keep for up to two weeks in an air-tight container. However, I can gaurantee it will be devoured long before that!



  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I use almonds and pistachios)
  • 6-8oz butter
  • 2tbsp golden syrup
  • Good drop of vanilla essence


  • Place the first six ingredients in a large bowl, and mix till well combined.
  • In a second bowl, place the butter, and melt in the microwave in 20-30 second bursts.
  • Add the golden syrup and vanilla, and mix well.
  • Combine the contents of both bowls and stir to ensure its mixed well.
  • Line a lamington tray (24 by 29cm) with baking paper, and tip the mixture in, spread to the edges of the tray, and flatten with the back of the measuring cup.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 160 degrees C for 25-30minutes.
  • Leave it in longer, if you prefer it crunchy, or less if you prefer it soft and chewy.
  • Cut into squares, or muesli bar style logs for bigger kids, while still warm.

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Zohra Aly - to view all of Zohra's blog post click here

Zohra Aly is a pharmacist and mother of four children who love to eat good food. This takes up a lot of time, energy and space on her cookbook shelves! She also moonlights as an aspiring freelance writer.

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