Nude Food: Easy Slice Recipes

Sick of mass produced food filled with excess sugar and additives and wrapped in polluting plastic wrapping? Try Nude Food.

Nude Food is food without any wrapper, essentially food ‘not wearing any clothes’ according to my five year old.

Some food is already ‘nude’ such as fresh fruit and vegetables. Items like cut up carrots or cucumbers, snow peas, beans or sprouts are good nude snack foods.

However, sometimes it’s better to have more than fruit and veg as your snack and that’s where Nude Food Slices come in handy. It’s snack food made at home and without packaging.

Why Choose Nude Food?

Reasons to choose Nude Food:

  • Healthier for you
  • Saves money
  • No plastic packaging
  • You can control the amount of sugar
  • No additives
  • Not a generic mass produced item
  • Made with love

Why Slices?

Personally, I much prefer to make slices rather than biscuits or cakes.

Biscuits are fiddly to make. Like most people I’m time poor and don’t have a lot of spare time to spend rolling lots of little balls to bake, or to make and roll a tube of biscuit mixture to chill and slice into rounds later.

Cakes tend to require more sugar than slices. They also take longer to bake and are harder to freeze into snack sized portions.

Slices are easy to make: simply place the mixture into a large baking tray, cook, cool, cut into portions and freeze.

If your household is like mine, any snack food left in the fridge is fair game and only lasts a couple of days. However, by freezing the portions it lasts a lot longer.

In the morning when preparing food for school or work, I remove the amount of slice needed from the freezer and put it into containers (stainless steel is great). By the time it’s snack time the slice has defrosted and is ready to eat.

Choc Chip Bars (with hidden dates)

I particularly like this recipe as I have a fussy seven year old who eats a very limited diet and he has no idea the slice is packed with chopped dates!

The picture at the top of this blog post shows the Choc Chip Bars. The recipe says to use choc chips, however when the husband returned from shopping he had purchased choc melts which are bigger – and this was the second time around.

So I ended up using the choc melts thinking they were going to, well, melt. To my surprise they held their shape. Now I know you can use either choc chips or choc melts in this recipe – depending on your husband.

Ingredients

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup or less of any sugar (depends how sweet you like it, in fact I’m going to try making it without sugar)
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups wholemeal flour (or white flour)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 14 dates or more, chopped into little pieces
  • 1 cup choc chips (or melts)

Method

  • Pre heat oven to 180°
  • Grease a 33 x 23cm (13 x 9″) sized baking tray
  • In a large bowl, combine softened butter, sugar and vanilla
  • Mix in eggs, one at a time
  • Stir in flour, oats and milk
  • Stir in dates and 1/2 cup choc chips/melts
  • Spread evenly in the baking tray
  • Sprinkle the other 1/2 cup of choc chips/melts on top, press down gently
  • Bake 25 minutes, or until golden brown
  • Allow to cool, cut into bar shapes

ANZAC Slice

Traditionally this recipe is a biscuit recipe – ain’t nobody got time for that.

I’ve adjusted the recipe slightly to make it a slice recipe. It’s one of our favourites as it contains no egg or milk and can be kept out of the fridge when out and about for the day and remains in good condition.

Nude food: Anzac slice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wholemeal plain flour (white flour works too)
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw or brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp boiling water (kettle)
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup (or treacle, any syrup will do but will change the flavour)
  • 2 tsp bicarb of soda
  • 250g salted butter

Method

  • Pre-heat oven to 180°
  • Grease a 33 x 23cm (13 x 9″) sized baking tray
  • In a large mixing bowl combine flour, ginger, oats, coconut and sugar
  • Melt butter
  • In another bowl, combine golden syrup, bi carb and boiled water. Stir until frothy. Then add to melted butter.
  • Mix all ingredients together
  • Spread evenly in the baking tray
  • Bake for 15 minutes
  • Allow to cool, cut into portions

Berry Nice Bars

My fussy child won’t eat these but everyone else loves them! In fact, I like them so much that I must stop eating them even when they are frozen.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 vegetable oil (melted coconut oil works too)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or golden syrup or maple syrup etc)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (I never add that much sugar)
  • 1 1/2 cup wholemeal plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 1/3 cup frozen raspberries

Method

  • Pre heat oven to 190°
  • Grease a 33 x 23cm (13 x 9″) tray
  • Whisk oil, honey, vanilla and egg
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, mixed spice and bicarb
  • Add oil mix to flour mix and combine
  • Press 2/3 of the mixture into the baking tray
  • Sprinkle on top cranberries, raspberries and the remaining mixture
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes
  • Allow to cool, cut into bar shapes

Slice For When There’s Not Much Food Left

You know those times when the kids need school snacks yet there’s not much left in the pantry or fridge…

This recipe is a great standby. It’s not the most impressive of recipes yet still tastes good. It contains no eggs or dairy.

It is also a very forgiving and flexible recipe as you’re about to find out. I’ve experimented with all variations depending on what is in the pantry.

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups self raising flour (white or wholemeal)
  • 1 cup brown sugar or less (any sugar you have will do)
  • 2 cups sultanas (or dried mixed fruit)
  • 1 cup (or less) of seeds or chopped nuts, if you have them, if not don’t worry
  • 3 tbsp treacle or golden syrup or molasses or nothing at all
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup water

Method

  • Pre heat oven to 180°
  • Grease a 33 x 23cm (13 x 9″) baking tray
  • Combine all dry ingredients
  • Add wet ingredients, mix
  • Spread evenly in a baking tray
  • Bake for approx 30 minutes

Your Recipes

Looking for fancier recipes packed full of hidden vegetables. Check out the Mummy Made It website.

Ready to spread your wings further? Try making your own beeswax wraps – perfect for the occasions you actually need to wrap your food in something!

You could always head on over to Amazon to check out their selection of stainless steel bento boxes.

Please add your nude food ideas in the comments so we can all try them.

Mrs Hack

I'm an everyday person on a journey to save money and care for the environment at the same.

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