Our little Freya has had a big start to 2015 – she turned 3 in January and began Preschool in February. I can’t believe how quickly she is growing up!
The commencement of Preschool has been an enormous adjustment for both Freya & mumma (me). Little Freya has had to leave her comforts, follow new routine, and play with loads of new kiddies for 6 hours straight (and so is very tired when she comes home).
in lunchbox territory as Freya is required to bring her own morning tea and lunch. I have taken to the task with gusto and (with research) discovered a whole food sphere dedicated to lunchbox ideas. This has done wonders for my recipe repertoire and enabled me to create fun, tasty and nutritional food for Freya.
Some of the great sites I have found helping mums with lunchbox fare include:
These sites offer loads of awesome lunchbox ideas. There are so many recipes to share, but one I recently tired and loved is Date, Oat & Coconut Balls from beafunmum.com. I decided to try it as my family enjoy the flavours of date, oats, dried apricots and coconut, and additionally, it seemed very easy to prepare with minimal time required. Prefect for the busy mum!!!!!!!!!
Well I can confirm that it is super easy to prepare, took all of 10mins and they tasted great. Freya loves them and took two to Preschool yesterday (she asked for another upon her return home). I too enjoyed eating them. These delicious balls are also a great energy booster for those tired little bodies (after 6 hours of play!). For the kiddies who have intolerance’s to dairy, you can substitute the skim milk powder with 1 to 2 tablespoons of tahini paste, coconut oil or honey.
A healthy snack giving you and the kids energy after school and work. Filled with goodness - dates, dried apricots, oats, coconut, skim milk powder & cocoa. You won't believe how easy this is to prepare!
Original recipe by Be a Fun Mum Blog - Adapted by Ange Palermo
10 minPrep Time
10 minTotal Time
150grs Pitted Dates
150grs Dried Apricots
40grs Desiccated Coconut
50grs Rolled Oats
20grs Skim milk powder
2 tsp Cocoa powder
2 tblsp boiling water
1/2 cup of extra desiccated coconut for coating
- Place all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until combined well and comes together.
- Form small balls with your hands and the toss the balls through the extra coconut to coat.
- Refrigerate for 30 mins. Can be stored in airtight container in fridge or cupboard.
If you would like to make these dairy free then try using approx 1-2 tblsp of tahini paste, coconut oil or honey instead of skim milk powder.