I have two little boys. Two boys that seem to want to eat ALL THE TIME. Last night I was bathing
them and they requested cheese sticks to eat in the bath, true story. I almost said yes to
up keep my darlings happy, but quickly came to my senses and bribed them with some of our freshly
made Choc Apricot Bites to have afterwards with their milk.
Needless to say, when I leave the house, it’s imperative to keep my bag packed with snacks to avoid
them getting too hungry, or even just to keep them occupied in the trolley so I can shop in peace.
Let me rewind the clock to Mother’s Day before last… we went out for a lovely breakfast at a
gorgeous local homestead. Sounds perfect right? Well, being such a busy day, there was a slight
wait on the food. The boys would have normally eaten breaky an hour earlier so their (barely
existent) patience had certainly worn thin.
So what happened?
We had sugar sticks thrown on to patrons at other tables, cups of juice knocked over, and of course
what would be a perfect Mother’s Day breakfast without an epic meltdown? They were hungry and
angry. They were hangry! Most this could have been completely avoided if I had packed a couple of
little snacks to keep their bellies happy before breakfast was served.
Ever since that special day I’ve made sure I take snacks everywhere, even when dining out. Whilst
it’s so easy to grab pre-prepared snacks from the pantry, given we are out and about quite a bit, I try
to balance it out with some home-made nutritious snacks that the boys love.
One of our favourites would have to be Choc Apricot Bites. Technically they aren’t chocolate, but
sssshh don’t tell my boys!
These are a fab option for the lunchbox also.
Choc Apricot Bites
½ cup oats
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp cacao powder
½ cup Greek yoghurt
½ cup finely diced dried apricots
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
Press into a small bake pan (I used a 22cm square pan) lined with baking paper.
Bake in middle rack of oven for 20 minutes.
Cut whilst still warm if you wanted to cut into shapes using cookie cutters like I have, otherwise
leave to cool for 10 minutes and then cut into bars.
The recipe will make approximately ten cut into small bars. They are quite sweet due to the apricots
and generally a small bar will be satisfying for a little one.
These can be kept in an airtight container for 4-5 days (but doubt they will last that long!).
For some more ideas of what to pack in a healthy lunchbox, check out my blog here.
Rachel Cassidy is the author of this article and the founder of Little Peeps Eats. She is a passionate food blogger and brand ambassador, but her most important job is being a mum! Little Peeps Eats helps families take the stress out of mealtimes by providing healthy, kid approved recipes, as well as fussy eating tips and tricks. Their website hosts a directory of nutritionists, resources and mealtime products to ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips when it comes to feeding your family.