Lunchbox Treats: Mum’s Chocolate Slice

We were always the kids at school with the homemade lunchbox treats. The homemade biscuits and slice, wrapped in paper. I desperately wanted to fit in – i.e. not stand out – so I would often unwrap my lunch inside my bag, so that people wouldn’t see that it was wrapped in paper. They were delicious though – and everyone knew that. I would often get asked to swap Mum’s Chocolate Slice with a store bought muesli bar.

Now that she is no longer here – I would love some homemade lunchbox treats from my Mama. I do still have her recipes, and her Chocolate Slice is still a firm favourite in our house. I know that I’ll be sending my little one to school with homemade lunchbox treats when he starts school in a few years time.

Do you need some lunchbox treats for your family? The Empowered Cook shares her Mum's recipe for Chocolate Slice - fast, easy, and cheap - and delicious.

This recipe was a staple at our house. Mum would make this very regularly. She would make it in bulk and freeze it too.

I make this now and also freeze it. Having a selection of homemade lunchbox treats in the freezer is such a helpful thing for packing lunches. You can easily grab a couple out, and once you’ve added a sandwich or wrap, you have a lunch made.

Looking for other lunchbox treat ideas? Follow me on instagram, where I share some snaps of my little one’s lunchbox.


Mum's Chocolate Slice
  • 2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 250 grams butter
  • 1 batch chocolate icing optional
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut, extra optional
  1. Preheat the oven to moderate (190-200C). Prepare your tray - I use a lamington tray or two square cake pans for this slice. Line with baking paper or lightly grease with a little butter or coconut oil.

  2. Melt the butter.

  3. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

  4. Add the melted butter and mix well.

  5. Press this mixture into your tray. I use the wooden spoon to do this, but often finish the job with my hands.

  6. Bake in the oven for 15-20mins. Be aware of your nose - once I can smell the slice, I know it’s done!

  7. Remove from the oven and let cool. It is easier to cut when still slightly warm.

  8. You can then top with chocolate icing, and a sprinkle of coconut, and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container for about a week or freeze for longer. 


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