Healthy sweet treats for lunchboxes

In my previous blog I talked about the amazing choice of foods we have nowadays, which can add variety to our children’s lunchboxes.  Well, what about a healthy sweet treat?

In our hectic lives, it is very easy to pop a sugar loaded chocolate bar into our children’s lunchboxes in our rush to get out of the house. We can, of course, buy healthier snacks, but it wouldn’t it be so much better and less pricey to make your own? So with a little forward planning, here are some ideas that you might like to try making with your children.

All kinds of different ingredients can go into making cookies for instance, Oats and Raisins, Banana, Lemon Ricotta or Oaty Apple.  There are so many cereal bars that can be made at home: Fruity Oat & Seed Bars, or Granola Bars are very popular.  A firm favourite in my household has been Banana Bread. While a really special treat would be to thread some fresh fruit onto a skewer or straw with some melted chocolate dribbled over them.

From the Smart Raspberry collection, here is a Chocolate Energy Balls recipe, which is right on trend.  The pureed dates give the mixture body and texture, the porridge oats and coconut give some crunch.  With their chocolaty taste, they are a great healthy alternative to a chocolate bar.  This is a great way of introducing new ingredients to your children and believe me they really are delicious! 

Chocolate Energy Balls  


60g porridge oats  

2 tbsp cocoa powder 

½ tsp vanilla extract 

110g dates, pitted  

 30g desiccated coconut 

2tsp honey  



  1. Puree the pitted dates in a food processor.  Add a few tablespoons of water if they are too thick.  
  2. In a bowl, mix the oats and cocoa powder together. 
  3. Add the vanilla, honey and mashed dates. Mix until well combined and the mixture starts to ball together. 
  4. Add a teaspoon of water if needed, to help the mixture ball together. 
  5. Take a tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball, then roll in the desiccated coconut. Repeat until you have approximately 8 balls. 

At Home 

Keep in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.  

| Melinda Johnston

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  1. MKfoodie 18th April 2019 Administrator

    Gosh these turned out so tasty! I skipped the honey as we don’t like it too sweet and added pecans and chia seeds to the mix. The kids helped make and absolutely loved them. Great for after school snack with a glass of milk! This will be a weekly make in our house !!

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