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 bars are so good that I just had to put this recipe into my Easy Wholefood Lunchboxes ebook  which is packed with 40 delicious nut-free, sweet and savoury wholefood recipes your kids will love! Grab you copy here.

Many of the ingredients in this recipe can be sourced from my one-stop-favourite, organic wholefoods online store, The Wholefood Collective. They go to great lengths to ensure everything they source is amazing quality, they stock all my favorite products and I don’t even have to leave the house! Oh and the cherry on the cake is they donate profits to improve food security for vulnerable Aussies.

Here are some of the ingredients you’ll need:

Rapadura or coconut sugar
Spelt flour
Baking powder
Honey or rice malt syrup


Orange Poppy Seed Bars

Brenda Janschek
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • 165 grams butter softened
  • 1/2 cup rapadura or coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds soaked in 4 tablespoons orange juice
  • 150 grams cream cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoon honey or rice malt syrup
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest


  • Grease and line a slice pan with baking paper
  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees
  • Pop butter and sugar into a bowl and beat with an electric mixture until pale and creamy (1-2 minutes)
  • Add one egg in at a time, beat well
  • Add in the poppy seed/orange mixture and stir
  • Add flour and baking powder and fold in
  • Pour into the slice pan
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean
  • Cool in the tin for 10 minutes
  • Carefully turn onto a cooling rack
  • Ice once completely cool
  • ICING - simply pop all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
  • Using a butter knife spread icing onto cooled cake
  • Slice into bars
  • I stored them in the fridge

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

Remember to check out Easy Wholefood Lunchbox ebook here.

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

Bren x

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