A hit for Healthy Lunchbox Week

YEAR 12 food science & technology students are busy preparing for College Open Day – creating a big batch of St Norbert College’s signature snack for visitors to enjoy for morning and afternoon tea.

The oat slice – created by teacher Mrs Leon Rogers – is the most requested recipe from parents on Open Day and is on the menu every day in the school canteen.

Coincidentally, the students’ big “cook up” coincided with this week’s Healthy Lunchbox Week. Despite its name, there no oats in the chunky fruit and seed slice – so named because it resembles a muesli bar.

Here is the recipe for St Norbert College’s Oat Slice:

A hit for Healthy Lunchbox Week


125g butter
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon golden syrup
1 egg
1 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup coconut
½ cup chopped dried dates
½ cup chopped dried apricots
½ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup sunflower seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 170C.
  2. Line a small lamington tray with baking paper.
  3. In a large bowl place all the ingredients in the given order and mix thoroughly.
  4. Spread evenly over lamington tray and bake in oven for approximately 25 minutes.
  5. Turn dish around and cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool in the tray prior to slicing.

Serves 12.

Healthy Lunchbox Week runs from 7-13 Feb and run by Nutrition Australia. For back-to-school recipes and information about food safety check out the Healthy Lunchbox Week website 

College Open Day is on Friday, 5 March.