Healthy Lunch Box Ideas: Holly Bell’s Fruity Oat Bars

Healthy Lunch Box Ideas Holly Bell Tropical Oat Bars

We asked some of the UK’s favourite food writers and bloggers for their healthy lunch box ideas and tips. GBBO finalist and blogger Holly Bell shares her brilliant, simple fruity oat bar recipe.

This recipe is part of our Box Clever: Healthy Lunch Ideas feature. Read the full article to get more tips from Holly, as well as ideas from other top food bloggers and writers.

These bars freeze like a dream and they are free from refined sugar. Cut them up once cool, wrap well, freeze individually and pop one into lunchboxes in the morning to keep the contents cool until lunchtime. The bars will be perfectly defrosted and ready to eat.


  • One ripe banana
  • 150g dates
  • 160g oats
  • 120g dried fruit (such as raisins, dried apricots, dried cherries etc)


  1. Take the banana and break into pieces.
  2. Place in a jug with the dates and 70mls boiling water. Leave for 5 minutes then use a stick blender to puree.
  3. Stir through the oats and dried fruit and then press into a greased and lined 20 x 20cm tin.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 160°C/gas mark 2 for 30 minutes.
  5. When the sides are brown and the top feels firm, cool on a wire rack.

For more healthy lunch box ideas see our Box Clever: Healthy Lunch Box Ideas feature and read Holly’s blog, Recipes from a Normal Mum, here.