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Healthy slice

Posted by Margaret 
Healthy slice
June 11, 2009 03:35AM
Can anyone please help me with a recipe for a Healthy Slice, or point the way to finding one already posted.

We are having a dietician speaking to us at W.I., so thought we had better have something healthy in our competitions, rather than the usual slices that we shouldn't make and eat, but do......................

Re: Healthy slice
June 11, 2009 05:54AM
There has been a big and long search for a slice on TradeMe which is healthy for kids and which they apparently adored when it was made by Mary Winters at their tuckshop in Whakatane. So ... I thought I would include the recipe for you Margaret because you put so much effort into finding me the recipe I was soooo desperate to find smiling smiley This recipe was apparently a hybrid of a very very old recipe of the back of a bran flakes packet from the dim, dark and illustrious past of NZ cooking!

Whakatane Slice - Mary Winters

Melt 250gms butter, then add 1½ cups raw sugar. When cool, beat in 2 eggs then stir in 2 cups wholemeal flour, 2 cups bran flakes and 1½ tsp baking powder. Mix well together. This can be put into a sponge roll tin and cooked at 180 degrees C until cooked. It comes out like a cake, so ice it with chocolate icing (if desired). If you would prefer biscuits, you take tsp lots of the mixture when it is cool and roll these into balls onto a tray then press flat. Cook it at 160 degrees C until cooked and crisp (when cooled).

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/11/2009 05:55AM by bluetiger.
Re: Healthy slice
June 11, 2009 06:19AM
A truly healthy slice would ideally have no butter/oil, no sugar, not be reliant on wheat products nor lots of dried fruit (just sugar in a different form), etc. As exemplified by the very unhealthy "health" bars on the market, the words "healthy" and slice/bar are hard things to put together in an honest way.

However, attempting to meet in the middle somewhat:

Pumpkin Orange Slice
100g butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup cooked, cold, mashed pumpkin
grated rind of 1 orange
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup flour
2 tspns baking powder
Cream butter and sugar. Mix in pumpkin, orange rind, orange juice and rolled oats. Sift flour and baking powder over and stir to combine. Spread into a sponge roll tin. Bake at 180°C for 30 minutes (or 160°C fanbake for 30 minutes). Cool in tin. Cut into squares.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/26/2010 05:58AM by J1.
Re: Healthy slice
June 11, 2009 06:58AM
Mmmmm thats what I thought J1 when I saw the recipe started with 250 grms butter! There is a problem with wording very often,as in eating 'healthy food' .Most foods are 'healthy' if not over indulged in .We do need a certain amount of fat in our diet and energy food too.Its the over indulging that causes the problem,speaking from experience!VAST experience!
Re: Healthy slice
June 11, 2009 07:07AM
Hi Margaret.

I have PM'd you.

Re: Healthy slice
June 11, 2009 12:55PM
Heh, the Whakatane Slice doesn't look too healthy!

These black bean 'brownies' were popular among food bloggers awhile ago, I never got around to trying them but they're intriguing: []

Adapted Black Bean “Brownies”

Non-stick cooking spray
1/2 cup (39 g) quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup (47 g) shredded coconut
1/4 cup (48 g) raw sugar
1/4 cup (30 g) carob powder
1/2 cup (100 g) roasted chestnuts or other nuts
15 ounces (1 can, 425 g) cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
2 ripe medium bananas
8 dried dates
2 tablespoons (30 ml) unsweetened almond or other nondairy milk, more if needed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4). Lightly coat an 8-inch (20-cm) square baking pan with spray.
Place oats, coconut, and sugar in food processor. Blend until finely ground.
Add the rest of the ingredients. Blend until perfectly smooth, scraping sides occasionally, and adding extra milk if the batter is too stiff.
Place into prepared pan, leveling with a spatula.
Bake for 27 minutes, or until the brownies are set and firm to the touch
Let cool on a wire rack, still in the pan. Chill for at least 4 hours before slicing and serving.
Enjoy cold, store in fridge.

Her energy bars are pretty healthy too, though (as implied by the name) high calorie: []

...and the Pecan Brittle Bars aren't so bad either! []
Re: Healthy slice
June 30, 2009 07:57AM
I have one I make, that even the kids like. Contains oats, nuts, long thread coconut and any fruit/nuts you like. Let me know if you are keen and I will figure out how to PM as it's from a publication.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/30/2009 07:58AM by not a gourmet.
Re: Healthy slice
June 30, 2009 12:02PM
Thank you all for your help.

J1. I made the pumpkin Orange Slice, and actually won the competition with it - went down well for afternoon tea as well.

Not a Gourmet - would be very interested in your recipe as well - thank you.

Re: Healthy slice
March 26, 2010 06:23AM
Here's a slice recipe I've been mucking about with until I have a result I'm happy with. Once again, not exactly healthy but better than some. Tasty, moist and easy.

Popple Slice
2 and a half cups (350g) flour
2 and a half tspns baking powder
1 tbspn ground cinnamon
1 tbspn nutmeg
1 cup sugar
3 medium apples, peeled & grated (preferably Granny Smith)
185g melted butter
3 eggs, beaten

60g melted butter
50g slivered almonds
Half a cup (80g) brown sugar
2 tbspns poppy seeds
1 tspn ground cinnamon
1 tspn nutmeg

Sift dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Add the apple and mix through with a knife. Add the butter and eggs and stir well. Spread mixture into a greased square cake tin.
In a separate bowl, mix topping ingredients. Spoon over the batter and bake for 1 hour at 180°C (not fanbake).

I've found you can replace the nutmeg with ground ginger for a different flavour.
You could increase the poppy seeds to 4 tbspns.

Re: Healthy slice
March 26, 2010 08:17AM
Mmmm....mmmmm.....that looks soooo nice J1! Will be trying that when I begin cranking up in the kitchen again!
Re: Healthy slice
March 26, 2010 11:53AM
smiling smiley Thanks Dawn. Best wishes and happy baking. I just made some Passionfruit Creams this evening because my passionfruit are dropping off the vine but I cannot recommend the recipe. Think I will stick to Melting Moments/Yoyos with passionfruit filling/icing.
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