Master N’s packed lunch box… and an easy recipe for oat bars/ flapjacks


We-e-e-eell master N is going on a ‘hike’ into some local ish woods… and so needs a packed lunch…. soooo I’ve panic baked.

A Pastie instead of a sandwich (so school cant complain his meal isn’t balanced), an oaty/ raisiny bar or two, a slice of cake instead of crisps, a couple of cookies (they’re only little) and an apple to make me feel better…. oh and a bottle of water.

I have no Idea what you’d put in a lunch box, the older kids have always had cooked meals… which I like. When I was at school (in South Africa), we didn’t have a school canteen. There were packed lunches and a tuck shop with ice lollies and sweets. EVERY school day my mother gave me 2 peanut butter sandwiches and a bottle of watered down cordial (raspberry flavour).

Master N will love his daddy’s pasties. Minced beef, swede, carrot, onion and anything green that’s hanging around….. well if its good enough for Cornish miners….. its good enough for bundu bashing 7 year-olds!

Now… the main reason people give their children lunch boxes is that its cheaper than paying £10 a week for cooked dinners… that said there are few places I know of (okay none!) that give you a hot meal, pudding and a drink + fruit for £2… that isn’t home that is. I don’t mind shelling that out for the kids to get their meat and veg… but… admittedly its a lot of lolly.

This lunch box didn’t cost much at all. Most of the items came from our larder, with the exception of the mince from our freezer and some fresh vegetables from the grocer. These won’t just make Master N’s pasty but more to either eat tonight or store for another day… same with the baked goods.

For skinny Pasty recipe click HERE

For the ‘butter biscuits’ recipe click HERE

For the Dark gingerbread click HERE

For the oaty bars/ flapjacks in Master N’s Lunch box:

  • 2 Cups of rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 Cup of raisins This is where you can add pretty much ANYTHING to the flapjack mix… as these were for Master N instead of over coloured sweets etc (in his lunch box) I thought raisins would add some natural sweetness. Next time I’ll add some nuts and other dried fruit… apple pieces might work well as well. 2.4 oz of brown sugar will do the same job.
  • 2 healthy table spoons of golden syrup I used this as opposed to refined sugar
  • 3.5 oz of butter… or as much as you can spare… you can use margarine BUT butter will always taste better  (I went a little OTT on the butter and used half a block… but I am willing to experiment to get the butter amount down… and master N is willing to taste test)
  1. Soften the butter (microwave) and preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4
  2. Mix the ingredients together… make sure they are WELL MIXED and there are not lumps of butter or dry sections of oats. Keep mixing, DO NOT be tempted to add more liquid if it doesn’t cover the dry oats immediately… just keep mixing just keep mixing.
  3. Grease a pan and press the mixture down firmly… my pan was 11×11 inches… this made about 20 good sized bars… but this will vary depending on your pan and how big/ small you make them.
  4. Bake in the centre of your preheated oven for 20 -30 minutes… then take out to cool and firm. This can take a good hour or so. REMEMBER they wont be firm when they first come out the oven… so now is a good time to cut them into bars before the cool.
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