Crazy-Healthy Oat Treats For You And The Lunchbox

It’s the eternal quest for a guilt-free snack, not just for your child’s lunchbox, but for your own morning coffee break. Sound familiar? Super. Read on.

My son’s school has a great healthy eating policy designed to prevent their little bodies from consuming too much horrible processed and sugar-laden food. This is all good on Monday to Thursday, when fruit or a chopped carrot fits the bill perfectly for that desired sweetness. But come Friday, which is the one day they are allowed to bring in a treat, we are prone to getting caught out.

To prevent this, I’ve come up with a win-win. This recipe is free from gluten, wheat, dairy and refined sugar. It’s suitable for vegetarians and vegans too. It has a nice balance of low-GL carbs, with lots of fibre and excellent sources of healthy fats.  The cacao nibs feel like you’re being treated to chocolate chips but you’re actually getting a very effective antioxidant alongside micronutrients galore. The little ones adore them because they think it’s a treat. And it is, of course, but a good-for-you treat… sssh.


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Crazy-Healthy Oat Treats For You And The Lunchbox
What you'll need: Food processor, large and small bowl, hot water, baking tray (I use a small rectangular tray, 18x24cm), plate
Course Snacks
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
bars
Course Snacks
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
bars
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 170 C. Place your oats and desiccated coconut on a baking tray. Pop in the oven for 7-10 minutes, until the coconut has taken on a golden colour. Leave aside to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature. To melt it, place it in a bowl, and then place the bowl in a larger bowl with some hot water in it. Leave to stand and it will be liquid in no time.
  3. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until it resembles flapjack mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture out onto a lightly greased (using coconut oil) baking tray. I make 15 squares with this. The leftover mixture I roll into six balls and then toss in some desiccated coconut. You can make the whole mixture as balls or squares depending on which takes your fancy. I place the balls on a plate and leave covered in the fridge.
  5. Place them in the fridge for at least a couple of hours so they hold their shape. They should be fine in an airtight container in a cool cupboard too.
Recipe Notes

To feel super-healthy I enjoy one (or two) of these with a cup of vanilla chai tea… heaven.

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