Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A Chinese Chews Recipe - Healthy Lunchbox Ideas For Kids

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Flora.

I am always on the hunt for good slice recipes. Baking small, self-contained items that fit perfectly into lunchboxes is something I quite enjoy. Just as well too; I spend so much time baking just for this purpose with all these babies in an effort to save myself some cash - It might as well be fun!

Pre-packaged children's snacks are so expensive at the supermarket. You can easily spend a fortune every week providing items to keep your kids fed, happy and energised. Besides this fact, I prefer knowing exactly what ingredients are within anything that is consumed by my kids and so I avoid buying things that are aimed at lunchboxes specifically. Especially if they are blatantly over-packaged and sugary. (Which is just about all of it.)

Chinese Chews are a great little treat for school kids. They carry well in my kids' bags and have a delicious lemon icing to top them off which is always popular. They do contain nuts and not all schools allow such things so worth considering for some where allergies are a concern. Otherwise, the ingredients are pretty good health wise with fruit, egg and even raw sugar. You can make these an even healthier treat by substituting refined white flour with wholemeal flour and this will add extra fibre too.

I choose to bake everything with margarine as I prefer the taste, simplicity and health benefits but you can of course substitute this addition within the recipe with butter if you prefer.

Are you wondering why they are called Chinese Chews? Me too! I tried to find anything on the topic of this slice's interesting name but came up with nothing. Perhaps it just has a good ring to it? They're not really even that chewy! If you've any idea on their origin, please let me know in the comments below.

Chinese Chews:

1 cup of self-raising flour,
1/2 a cup of raw sugar,
1/2 a cup of desiccated coconut,
1/2 a cup of finely chopped walnuts,
1/2 a cup of finely chopped dates,
1 egg, lightly beaten,
1 tablespoon of golden syrup,
125 grams of Flora margarine, melted.


1, 3/4 cups of soft icing mixture,
20 grams of melted Flora margarine,
2 teaspoons of finely grated lemon rind (grate some extra too for decorating the finished slice),
Approx. 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to blend the icing into a smooth paste.

Preheat oven to 160 degrees C.

Grease a lamington tin with margarine and line with baking paper and dust with flour. (I made a folded section of lining paper to work like a handle beneath the base paper so that this slice would remove easily from the pan later.)

Combine all dry ingredients along with the chopped fruit and nuts in a large bowl.

Melt the margarine and golden syrup together in the microwave and add this along with the lightly beaten egg to the dry mix and combine well.

Firmly press the mixture into the base of your pan and bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown and firm to touch. Allow to cool in the pan.

To make the icing, combine all ingredients as listed above.

Remove the slice from the pan and when cooled completely, spread with the icing.

Refrigerate until set and then slice into bars. Decorate with grated lemon rind. This recipe makes approximately 12 bars or more if you slice into smaller squares. This is also a brilliant slice to take along on a plate for your next school fete, kinder or playgroup party.

Do you bake treats for your kids' lunchboxes or do you buy them?
Have you tried Chinese Chews before? (They're quite an old recipe.)
Have you any idea how this slice was named?!
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  1. This looks yum! May have to make it for hubby's lunch box :)

  2. What an interesting name! It's so strange :) These look great though. I love the lemon icing on top. You're right, kids pre-packaged food is so expensive (and probably full of nasty stuff) I'd prefer to make my own.

  3. This looks tasty! I think I'll try it. I'll use butter instead of marg and Rapadura instead of regular sugar and see how it goes :)

    1. Rapadura? Sounds interesting. I will have to look into this. :D

  4. Yum! It is a bit of a mystery, isn't it? Not a lot 'chinese' about them. But very tasty! Thanks for linking with #IBOT:-)

  5. They look great - I do reckon anything with coconut in it is a winner...

  6. I buy half and bake half. Only because I find if I bake goods all the time then I end up eating more baked goods!!

    1. Me too. Especially now that our oven has died. I can only make cakes and slices at the moment so I'm substituting occasionally with bought items.


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