Lunch Box Snacks – Choc Chip Oat Cookies

Lunch Box Snacks – Choc Chip Oat Cookies Central West Mums

Are you looking for lunch box recipe ideas? These cookies are nut free and delicious!

When the new School term is about to begin, we as parents no doubt are hitting the supermarkets to top up on items ready to fill the lunchboxes. My friend Nicole and I are both Mums of boys (MOBS), and we are always discussing recipes and sharing inspiration for snacks and meals to feed their ever growing bodies and increasing appetites.

Nicole is a very clever baker, it’s never been my strong suit, although I do like exploring ingredients that are superfoods ready to power up any home made snack or dish I make. We had a discussion one day and I mentioned Lucuma powder, which is derived from a fruit native to the Andean valleys of Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru.

Apparently nicknamed the “gold of the Incas”, lucuma has been used for centuries in remedies by South Americans. It contains less sugar but more nutrients than table sugar. It is an insoluble fibre which is important for adding bulk to your stool as well as soluble fibre which helps feed friendly bacteria in your gut. The short-chain fats may even help reduce inflammation and improve disorders, like Crohn’s disease, IBS and Ulcerative colitis. There are many other nutritional benefits including antioxidants. Hemp, chia and other seeds are extremely nutritious too with essential fatty acids, minerals and fibre.

Our boys and their friends hoover these up and they also sustain them for hours which is essential for busy active children.

Choc Chip Oat Cookies (Nut-free, can be Dairy-Free)

Prep time: 10 mins – Cook time: 12-15 mins – Serves 4-6

Makes approximately 20 cookies


260g butter or DF nuttelex, melted.

100g brown sugar

60g white sugar

300g wholemeal self-raising flour

200g oats

40g hemp seeds*

20g lucuma powder*

200g dark chocolate chips, or DF version like Origin Chocolate* cut up into small chunks.

40g cacao powder

2 medium size eggs, lightly whisked

2 tsp vanilla paste


Preheat oven to 180°C.

Melt butter and sugar in a small pan on stove over low to medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved and then set aside.

Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix.

Make a well in the centre of dry ingredients and stir in butter and sugar with a metal spoon and then add eggs and vanilla paste to combine.

Spoon onto a baking tray lined with baking paper or into muffin tray lined with cases.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, allow to cool and serve.

Thermomix version:

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Into the thermie bowl add butter, brown sugar and white sugar and melt for 4 minutes / 60 deg /Speed 4.

Add to the bowl the wholemeal self-raising flour, oats, hemp seeds, chia seeds, lucuma powder, eggs, dark choc chips, cacao, vanilla paste and mix 15 seconds / Speed 4.

Spoon onto a baking tray lined with baking paper or into muffin tray lined with cases.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, allow to cool and serve.

Note – If you don’t have some of the ingredients like lucuma powder, hemp seeds, chia seeds; you can leave out or substitute with other seeds like sunflower, pepitas, camu camu powder etc.

*Lucuma powder, chia and hemp seeds can be picked up from your local wholefoods grocer.


Amorette Zielinski

Amorette is a Mum of two boys who often keep her flying by the seat of her pants and a wife to a man who is so much fun to share life with; never dull! Friends often call her a ‘connector’ because she loves putting like minded people together curating experiences for them.

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