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School Snacks

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nut free bliss balls
My daughter has completed her first year of school! I have missed her! I have watched her change from my innocent baby to a little girl, it has been both delightful and devastating! Why must they change so quickly? I feel as though my memory cannot keep up! There have been many occasions, many moments, that I was certain I would never forget, but I have.
Last Saturday night my husband went out for dinner. I stayed home with the kids and we got the photo albums out. I was shocked to see how much my son looks like his sister, he kept looking at her baby photos saying ‘me, me’, Lu and I laughed. At the time I was sure I would never forget what my precious first baby looked like, her excited toddler face, the haircuts, the favourite toys; but I have forgotten much of it.
There is a great deal of food associated with the end of the school year and the festive season, often parents are asked to bring a plate. I seldom know what to take. I know that the way my family eats may not appeal to the majority of children and families. There is also allergies and intolerances to consider. On top of this I factor in expense with regards to both time and money. This year I am very happy with the answer we came up with. I hope they work just as well for you.

School Snacks

10 medjool dates, seeds removed

1/2 cup raisins

1 cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon cacao or cocoa or carob

1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract

pinch of salt

coconut for rolling in

Place the ingredients into your food processor or high speed blender. Process until the nixture sticks together, be patient, this takes a little while and the mixture will be crumbly before it all comes together. Press the mixture into balls and roll in coconut. Place in the fridge to firm up a little. Enjoy.

*if they are not coming together you can add a tablespoon of coconut cream.

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Danielle December 12, 2013 - 9:06 pm

Thanks for these, would love some more. So many healthy snack have nuts and my kids can’t take them to school.
Danielle

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bianca December 22, 2013 - 7:12 pm

Thank you. The apricot bites, jersey caramels, muesli bars and brownie bars may also appeal to you?

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Kath Crispin December 13, 2013 - 12:24 am

These look delightful and I am sure my little man will love them! I am managing to gain his approval much easier than Miss 7.
But as always it is your story which really resonates with me!
They do grow so fast and it is such a good/bad situation. Today was pretty much my last, one on one, day before school holidays and school next year. All I wanted was a bells and whistles ‘special’ day with my little man, but he didn’t really care and fortunately I realised that he was just happy being with me. Nothing super special just together time, which in itself I guess means I have done something right. I have surprised myself at not being a blubbering mess at things like preschool graduation, but reading this has brought me undone.
I will miss my little shadow, my buddy, not just his presence but witnessing the growth, changes and independence which of course he will need.
Thanks for your recipes (the fudge was a hit tonight at an end of year function!)
But more importantly thanks for the stories

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bianca December 24, 2013 - 9:20 pm

Oh Kath thank you so much for this!! I wish your family all the best for 2014, it will no doubt be a little hard for you! I hope your little man enjoys it all. I am so glad you like the stories. I think it is lovely of you to take the time to read them! It isn’t easy with life being so busy these days. Thanks again, Bianca. x

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Robina December 13, 2013 - 2:56 am

I LOVE your style!!!! SO much!!!! I love how you write such a beautiful little story before such a delightful little morsel! It’s like I get to be a part of your memory and then create a new one with yours for my family! Thank you for taking the time and effort to share. I love it all the way over here on the sunny windswept shores of the west coast if Australia! Thankyou!!

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bianca December 22, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Thank you so much Robina! Your message is lovely and I really appreciate it!! I am so glad you enjoy the stories and the recipes. I have spent a few years living in WA, however I was along way from the shores!!! Thanks again, Bianca

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Rhonda Brennan December 13, 2013 - 7:13 am

Great recipe Bianca. I always take Bliss balls with me too but as you mentioned they are expensive which doesn’t bother me feeding my children but when you need to make 3 or 4 batches can be expensive. I pack mine with chia seeds and all sorts of goodies but this is a great one for nut free kids that eat basic food. I always use Medjool dates but to save a bit more money it would work with normal dates too wouldn’t it?

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bianca December 22, 2013 - 7:09 pm

Yes Rhonda I would think say, you may need to use a few more and / or soak them. Thank you for your message. Bianca

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Libby December 22, 2013 - 10:37 am

Thanks for the blog and recipe, we love these yummy snacks. I am nearly in tears as my 4 year old starts kinder in 2014 and I know exactly the mixed feelings you have. I am excited for him but terribly sad at the same time, my only comfort is knowing I will have a little more time with my daughter to get to know her as I got to know my son.

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bianca December 24, 2013 - 9:22 pm

Hi Libby, thank you. I think you have a great perspective, focusing on the one on one time with your daughter will no doubt help you a little when your 4 year old starts a kinder. I hope he loves it! Thanks again for writing. xx

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Nicole December 23, 2013 - 8:39 pm

Whipped up a batch of these today in prep for Chrissy, absolutely delicious and they got the seal of approval from fussy miss 5! Thanks heaps for the recipe!

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bianca December 24, 2013 - 9:22 pm

Fabulous!! Thank you!!

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Carrie March 15, 2014 - 2:32 pm

What if dates are too expensive? I love you recipes, like the raspberry mousse and the chocolate and coconut cake…YUMMY…but the dates here are $5.00 for less than a pound and it doesn’t get too many recipes out of it. Do you have any alternatives to dates?

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Bianca Slade March 18, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Hi Carrie, you can use most dried fruits but the taste will be different. You could use raisins and just ad a few extra. You can also use the pre-packaged dates but you may need to double the amount required and soak them before hand. I hope this helps. The cost of wholefood eating is very difficult, especially when you have an appetite like mine!!! Bianca. x

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Carrie March 19, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Thank you for the information. I am trying to work on getting healthier but you are right, the cost is an issue. I have been making healthier choices and am trying to find more recipes like yours. I will definitely see what I can find on the market. So far all the recipes I’ve tried are great though, love your posts. Someday, I hope to buy your book also. 🙂

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Bianca Slade March 22, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Thank you so much. I wish you all the best with it. x

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Akke September 14, 2014 - 6:17 pm

I just made these with the kids and they absolutely love them. How long will the keep in the fridge? We also made the breakfast biscuits and I am super inspired by your recipes!!

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Bianca Slade September 16, 2014 - 2:23 pm

They keep really well, 5 – 7 days would be fine. I am rapt to hear you are enjoying the recipes. Thank you. x

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Michelle Pelley October 6, 2014 - 5:26 pm

I tried these with Rolled Spelt instead of Rolled Oats – don’t do this! lol
The flavour is great, but the spelt didn’t break down like the oats would have – it is a bit harder, so has made them grainy. Fine for adults, not sure how kids will take them!
A solution could be to mill the spelt first before adding the other ingredients – or just follow the recipe and use oats and don’t try to be creative 😛

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Bianca Slade October 10, 2014 - 10:41 am

Thank you. I am sorry they didn’t work for you. x

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Amy February 27, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Thanks Bianca! Mr & Mr 7yrs have decided that coconut is now on their list of ‘no thanks’ foods. What do you suggest I could roll them in as an alternative?

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Bianca Slade March 1, 2015 - 7:43 am

I wouldn’t worry about rolling them in anything. More often then not we don’t roll ours in anything. If you find they are a bit sticky just increase the oats. They will also firm up / set once they have been in the fridge.

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Marielena April 19, 2015 - 3:37 am

Hi Bianca… would love to try this recipe but what could I replace the oats with? Could I use coconut flour perhaps? Any suggestions are more than welcome. Thank you… Marielena

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Bianca Slade April 20, 2015 - 4:05 pm

You can use 2 cups of desiccated coconut, does that help?

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Anthony Mel Johnson February 25, 2016 - 12:23 am

Handy hint:
I have made these a few times and find it most helpful to rub a bit of coconut oil on your hands before rolling the mixture in to balls. That way it doesn’t stick to your fingers and palms and shapes up nicely.
Thanks for your recipes Bianca 🙂
Mel

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Bianca Slade February 27, 2016 - 7:38 pm

Perfect tip Mel! I love it! Thank you. x

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