A little piece of lunchbox happy

Don’t know about you, but I’ve got the serious BLAHS.

Winter is blah. Northern hemisphere friends taunt me on Facebook with glorious shots of their fun summer holidays.

Finances are blah. I’ve just been revisiting our seriously large mortgage, which never leaves anyone in a cheery state.

The kids are blah. Although really they’re a joy, they’re also surrounded by school projects, permission notes and birthday parties that require a level of involvement for me, without any particular satisfaction.

And to top it all off, it’s education week. And while I love visiting the classrooms and seeing every page of every book that the kids have touched this year, and I love to see them excited about me being there, and I love to see their achievements, I can SO DO WITHOUT sitting through any more school performances. Lordy lord how I wish I were home with a cup of tea rather than in a draughty school hall working my way through the various bands, choirs, ensembles and dance troupes. And there’s some parenting murphy’s law that states that your child will always be in the last group, forcing your participation in the full morning.

Still, eventually you do make it home, and hopefully you’ve got the jug ready to boil and a nice little piece of a slice like this one, that’s perfect for a kid’s lunchbox treat, but yum enough for the parents to find satisfaction, too.

Get them excited about their lunchbox!

Get them excited about their lunchbox!

Coconut, sultana & lemon slice

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup raw sugar
3/4 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup sultanas
Zest 1 lemon
125g butter
1 tbsp golden syrup
1 tsp bicarb soda, mixed into 1 tbsp water

Preheat the oven to 170C. Line an 18x28cm slice tin with baking paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, flour, sugar, coconut, sultanas & lemon zest.

Place a small saucepan over low/medium heat. Melt the butter and golden syrup. Once melted, scrape in the bicarb/water mix and stir well.

Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir to combine well. Tip into your baking tray and press down evenly. Use the heel of your hand to press it in really well.

Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden. Leave to cool in the tin before slicing.

Cut into 20 squares.


If you’re after a healthier addition to their lunchbox, check out these Oat, sultana & sesame seed biscuits or these home-made muesli bars.


13 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Kerri said,

    Thank you Wendy! I too am feeling BLAH. And I try this stuff for my kids and all they want are shop bought museli bars or chips!! I am going to have a go at this slice all the same –
    “Just keep swimmg” xoxo

    • 2

      wendyblume said,

      Thanks Kerri. I always feel terrible at this time of year. Just a bit of seasonal depression that will evaporate as the weather warms. Enjoy the slice!

  2. 3

    Kirsten said,

    I could of written this post myself, I’ve got the blahs big time. I seriously hate winter & am so looking forward to warmer, sunny days.
    Thanks for the recipe I’m going to whip this up over the weekend ready for lunch boxes next week 🙂

  3. 5

    Rochelle said,

    Looks good! Just a question can you freeze it? Thanks

    • 6

      wendyblume said,

      I’m just guessing Rochelle but think this would be best fresh. There’s a stack of butter in it. But having said that, it’s worth giving the freezer a try – make sure you report back on how it goes.

  4. 7

    cblondie said,

    It is definately a Blah finances time of year…

  5. 8

    Karyn said,

    I have made this tonight and when I cut it it crumbled. Didn’t stop 5 yr old son eating it with a scoop of ice cream

  6. 10

    Kelly said,

    i so hear you with the “school” comments, love my son, but sometimes…. its nice to take time out. Currently have this one in the oven, though made with rolled quinoa and gf flour, i’m a coeliac, and if the boy doens’t like it, then it won’t get eaten, so best i make for me to eat too with a cuppa!

  7. 11

    Heidi Payne said,

    I just made this slice! Totally delicious! I will make some more later in the week and try to freeze it, but I doubt there won’t be much left from today’s batch to freeze! I really like the citrusy notes to it.

  8. 12

    Emma said,

    I just made this today and it was a big hit with the whole extended family! My daughter loved help cook it. I found it a bit crumbly when I cut it but will definitely make again and push it in firmer. My extended family also had the apple berry crumble for dessert and loved that too. Thanks!

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