When it comes to making lunchbox items the kids will love, you can't go past mini loaves! They are cute, and when you make them with the right ingredients they are not only delicious but also a good substitute for other unhealthy lunchbox items. These choc chip chia mini loaves are perfect for lunchboxes and freeze well too.
These mini loaves are easy to make in the kmart 6 Cup Silicone Mini Loaf Pan. It's only $5 and it's perfect for making lunchbox treats. You can also set muesli bars like these ones in it, so you don't have to chop them or make not quite LCM bars that don't need cutting. They are also perfect for making mini zucchini slice for the lunchbox or our non green version!
Sure, there are lunchbox items that are even healthier than these choc chip chia mini loaves, but those wouldn't appeal to all kids! And everything in moderation I say. There is no sugar added to these other than the sugar that's in the chocolate- and I use dark chocolate chips, so even that sugar is low.
The other great thing about the mini loaf shape- it's inherently easier to fit it into the lunchbox! And that's because most lunchboxes are just that- a box! And boxes are....wait for it...square or rectangular by nature.
I tend to halve them for the lunchbox as realistically they are a little larger than a muffin and I pop half in the recess box and half in lunch to spread them out. The chia seeds add to the goodness in the muffins and give a nice textural crunch.
This recipe only makes six, but seriously, double it and make 12 at once, it's the sensible option as the kids will love these and they will be gone in seconds! Don't expect these to stick around long once cooked, they are the sort of thing that gets stolen from the cooling rack.
Choc chip chia mini loaves, no added refined sugar!
- ½ cup wholemeal self raising flour
- ½ cup self raising flour
- 2 tbsps coconut oil melted
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- ½ cup choc chips
- 2 tbsps chia seeds
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- Pour into the silicone mini loaf pan.
- Bake at 180 degrees for 25 minutes.
- Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.