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Apricot, Chia & Coconut Bliss Balls

Apricot, Coconut and Chia Balls

Thank you to the lovely Kanda from  All for Myself for writing this blog and sharing her delicious Apricot, Chia & Coconut Bliss Balls recipe with us!  Over to you Kanda…

Bliss Balls are a snack that is enjoyed by my whole family.  As a mum, life is busy and my energy reserves tend to start to deplete mid afternoon.  These Apricot, Chia & Coconut Bliss balls are a source of natural energy help to give me the boost I need to get through the rest of the day.

My kids love them too, and I love that they are a sweet yet nutritious snack that will satisfy their hunger and keep them from raiding the pantry!  They fit perfectly into the lunchbox, and I love that they freeze so well which means I can have a supply of them ready to go.Continue Reading →

How to pack the ultimate beach picnic for your family

Baby on beach eating banana

Today we welcome mum and business owner, Melanie Aslanidis from Beachside Collective – an online space for lovers of coastal design and island style.  She’s giving us her tips on how to pack the ultimate beach picnic for your family!  Over to you Mel…

It’s that time of year when it’s the perfect weather to get out and about in the Australian Summer and enjoy a beach picnic with little ones.  There is nothing like a cool dip in the ocean and the feeling of sand between your toes to bring you back to nature and let relaxation wash over you.

However, getting to the beach is often not stress free with kids.  When you need to cart along towels, buckets, spades, beach tents and a toddler under one arm, it can be super tempting to buy fish and chips or unhealthy snacks from the shops just to eliminate one more layer of packing.  But, before you crack out the salt laced snacks, check out these tips for what to pack and how to pack it! Hopefully this will make your beach day a little easier!Continue Reading →

Banana & Apple Muffins that your kids will love

Banana & Apple Muffins

Creating healthy lunchbox snacks is important to me, I am a mum of 2 little balls of energy, and love to ensure they have lunchboxes full of goodness.  Somehow we all seem to have over-ripened bananas in our fruit bowl, and this great Banana & Apple muffin recipe is the perfect way to use up those bananas!

The recipe is also refined sugar free for those who are looking to reduce sugar in their diet, and it is great to have a healthy muffin recipe that still tastes great!  These Banana & Apple muffins are perfect for school lunches and can also be frozen, so are perfect for the weekend baking list!

Banana & Apple Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 apples
  • 125g butter (or coconut oil for dairy free)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup rice malt syrup or maple syrup (or your preferred sweetener, maple syrup works really well too)

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Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees & place 24 silicone muffin moulds on 2 baking trays.
  2. Melt butter (or coconut oil if using the dairy free option).
  3. Pour melted butter in to mixing bowl and then add 1/3 cup of rice malt syrup and combine.
  4. Whisk 2 eggs in a separate bowl and then add to butter & rice malt syrup and mix together.
  5. Mash banana with a fork until a smooth consistency is reached. Add bananas to mixture.
  6. Grate 2 apples and add to mixture.  Combine all ingredients together well.
  7. Slowly add 1 1/2 cups wholemeal flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder to mixture and combine until all ingredients are mixed well.
  8. Place 2-3 spoonfuls of mixture into each muffin mould (each mould should be two-thirds full).
  9. Bake in pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes.  Test with cake skewer, and if skewer comes out clean, then muffins are ready.  When ready, remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.

Mel Melissa Dickfos, is the Founder at Nourishing Your World, a coffee lover, mum of two children, advocate of making small steps towards healthy living and loves to laugh.  Thank you Mel for contributing this wonderful recipe to the Little Peeps Eats blog!

 

 

Like this recipe?  Check out our Healthy LCM Bars recipe which is also a great lunchbox filler!

Sandwich alternatives perfect for the school lunchbox

Kids simple salad in lunchbox

I’m so excited about Julian starting school this year, he is ready, I am ready, and I know that he will thrive.  At home, we make his lunch together.  Sometimes its a sandwich, but he tends to get bored of having them too often, so wanted to gather a list of sandwich alternatives that are tasty, healthy, but quick and easy to prepare so I can pack a fast lunchbox!

All of these can be quickly made in the morning before school, no baking required!Continue Reading →

Sour Cream and Chives Crackers

sour cream and chives crackers

I made these with the boys during the holidays and they were so easy to make and the boys could not get enough of them!   They are great to have with cheese, hommus and other condiments, and a fabulous lunchbox addition.

Sour Cream and Chives Crackers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 100g sour cream
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried onion
  • 75g butter
  • Water if required

sour cream and chives crackers

Image:  Goodie Goodie Lunchbox

Instructions

    1. In a food processor, add all of the ingredients except the water and process until mixture comes together and balls around the bowl. If the mix remains a breadcrumb texture add a little water slowly (up to 1 tbsp). If the mixture appears wet, add a little flour until the consistency is like pastry.

  1. When the dough is ready, turn onto a floured board or bench (or directly on to baking paper which is a lot easier) and roll out in a rectangle to around 0.25 – 0.5cm thick.
  2. Carefully lay on baking paper and lay flat in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and pre-heat your oven to 180c.
  3. When the dough has chilled cut the dough into squares and lightly prick with a fork.
  4. Bake in the oven for around 6-10 minutes until lightly browned. The time indicated is entirely dependent on how thin your dough is rolled so keep a close eye on the crackers. I find 0.25 cm thickness is ready at around 6 minutes.

Big thanks to the every so lovely Bernadette Hanly from Goodie Goodie Lunchbox .  Appreciate you sharing your DELICIOUS Sour Cream and Chives Crackers recipe with us!

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Rachel Cassidy Little Peeps EatsRachel Cassidy is 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.