This recipe is quite similar to the popular Banana Oat Balls recipe on the blog. This recipe however makes more balls (30 – 34) so lasts a little longer across the week!
They are easy to make and it is a good recipe to get the kids in the kitchen and help you with the school lunch box food preparation (just see tips for rolling).
My kids describe them as having a similar taste to a muesli bar. All but one loves them. The other child doesn’t like anything oaty so didn’t expect he would eat them!
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups quick oats
- 100 grams butter
- ½ cup honey
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp Himalayan Pink salt
- ¾ cup small choc chips
- Place oats in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
- In a small saucepan melt the butter and honey until well combined.
- Add vanilla and salt and mix through.
- Add the honey liquid to the oats and mix well. Place mixture in the fridge to cool for 15 minutes. This helps make it easier to roll the balls and it prevents the choc chips from melting.
- Add in the choc chips and stir through evenly.
- Using a heaped tablespoon, roll mixture into a ball. If you are finding the mixture is sticking to your hands, clean them, then rinse them with cold water. Begin rolling the next ball with slightly wet hands.
- Continue this until all mixture is used and then place in the fridge for 2 hours to set.
- Keep in the fridge in an airtight container.
More family friendly recipes
If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes.
Our current lunch box set up for the primary school kids
I am often asked what do I use for a lunch box for my kids. The photo above shows the lunch box set up we are currently using for the primary school kids. We use:
- A standard lunch box which we can put an ice brick in
- Kids Konserve stainless steel nesting trio
- 4MyEarth Sandwich wrap
- We use the U Konserve 350ml stainless steel thermos when wanting to have soup or use up left overs.
This works well for us as we can:
- add whole pieces of fruit if needed
- the kids can have cut up fruit and veg for brain food
- items can be made the night before and stay fresh
- items can be easily kept separate
- kids know what is for lunch and what is for recess
- they can take single items out as needed
- it can keep food cold
- items don’t get crushed
- and it is waste free
biome ecostores have a huge range of lunch box and lunch box items on sale at the moment, including many of the items I have reviewed above, which is worth checking out if you need new lunch box items.
Want to make the lunch box process easier?
In my online course called Meal Prep PrimerI show how you can easily make some easy item for the kids’ lunch boxes that will help make the lunch box process so much easier! Meal Prep Primer shows you how to effectively plan your time in the kitchen over the weekend, and prep food that will make your week days easier.
To keep on top of feeding the family, many years ago I started spending some time on the weekend, prepping food for the week ahead. Even if it is was just one or two things for the kids’ lunch boxes, the difference this made during the week was huge.
As I was rewarded each week for my efforts in the kitchen on the weekend, I began increasing the food I prepped. And the more weekly meal prep sessions I did, the better I became at it. The better I became at it, the less time it took me to do the sessions and the better we ate – win-win all around!
In my Meal Prep Primer course I will teach you the process I have developed over these years. The course will:
- save you time
- save you money
- save you stress through the week days
- ensure your family eats well
- allow you to enjoy meal time more with the family
For three weeks you will receive:
- A plan – the plan outlines what you will be cooking and when. You can tailor this plan to suit your family’s needs and the time you have available. The plan also has clickable links to all the recipes you need to cook for the weekend.
- A shopping list – as you may tailor the plan to suit your family’s needs, the shopping list is broken down into items per recipe. That way you can easily cross off items you don’t need to buy, but make sure you have all the ingredients for the recipes you do intend to cook.
- The recipes – a PDF of all the recipes you will need to cook for the week.
- Plus there is a detailed video and other resources on the course website and further support emails to keep the habit going after three weeks.
You can read more and sign up for the short course here.
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