Orange and Poppy Seed Bars

My son brought some Orange and Poppy Seed Bars home from his food tech class to share and they were SO.DAMN.GOOD


So in usual Brenda style I set out to make the healthier version while the kids doubted I’d be able to match the tastiness (without all the sugar).

Lo and behold!

The kids went cray cray over my version, popped them in their lunch boxes each day, and have already asked me to make them again, and again!

These are so good. You’ve got to try them and remember to let me know what you think in the comments.


Orange Poppy Seed Bars
Yields 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 165 grams butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup rapadura or coconut sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 cups spelt flour
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/4 cup poppy seeds soaked in 4 tablespoons orange juice
  7. ICING
  8. 150 grams cream cheese
  9. 1-2 tablespoon honey or rice malt syrup
  10. 1 tablespoon orange juice
  11. 2 teaspoons orange zest
  1. Grease and line a slice pan with baking paper
  2. Preheat oven to 175 degrees
  3. Pop butter and sugar into a bowl and beat with an electric mixture until pale and creamy (1-2 minutes)
  4. Add one egg in at a time, beat well
  5. Add in the poppy seed/orange mixture and stir
  6. Add flour and baking powder and fold in
  7. Pour into the slice pan
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean
  9. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes
  10. Carefully turn onto a cooling rack
  11. Ice once completely cool
  12. ICING - simply pop all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
  13. Using a butter knife spread icing onto cooled cake
  14. Slice into bars
  15. I stored them in the fridge
Brenda Janschek Health & Lifestyle
If you know someone who could use some lunch box inspo, please share this recipe with them!

And please take photos and send them to me, or if you share them on instagram, remember to tag me @brendajanschek

You might also like these Oat Seed and Date Bars or this Muesli Slice. Both also great lunch box additions.

Bren x

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