Healthy Lunchbox ‘Treat’ The Kids Will Love
Let’s face it – when it comes to packing school lunch boxes, it’s one thing to send them off with carrot sticks and hummus but is that what they’ll end up eating? Are they ‘trading’ your carefully nutrition-planned meals, with kids who have better looking ‘treats’ and ‘cool stuff’? (We’ve all done it, right?).
So why not cure your kids’ lunchbox envy by making these yummy (and covertly nutritious) little treats to include. That little bit of chocolate on the outside may be all it takes to ensure your child is eating your nutrition-packed snack instead of trading it for Johnny’s chocolate bar, or Oreo cookie!
The inclusion of quinoa in this recipe gives it a great source of protein and fibre for longer lasting energy and brain fuel (perfect to keep attention span going after lunch!), and for those who are dairy-free, quinoa is an amazing source of calcium too! Cinnamon’s blood sugar regulating properties nicely balance out the little bit of chocolate used.
You can experiment with the fruit to include in this recipe – fresh and dried fruit, or a combination of both, work well. Get your kids to help you make them for a great indoor activity.
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup oats, uncooked
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped fruit (we used apple and coconut)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup chocolate pieces, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, add your cooked quinoa, oats, and chopped fruit. In a separate smaller mixing bowl, combine your cinnamon, sugar and salt. Add the spice mixture to the quinoa and oats. Stir in your chopped fruit. Once combined add the eggs, and mix just until combined.
- Scoop into a sprayed mini muffin tin, making sure the pan is thoroughly sprayed.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Let cool, and dip in chocolate.
Source: Super Healthy Kids