No-fuss, no-stress, no-bake bites
Looking for a quick, easy, convenient snack? You don’t need to run to your closest 7/11 to pick up a candy bar. Why not make some delicious homemade treats? If that sounds like way to much effort, we’re here to prove otherwise. These treats are all prepared in the nick of time and, as an added bonus, they don’t even require baking – ideal for last minute plans and tiny kitchens!
Letting the little ones indulge in a sweet snack once in a while is all part of the journey. The World Health Organisation (2015) recommends that the allowable free sugar intake should be around 5% of the daily kilojoule intake. That’s not a lot, but it does allow a little wiggle room. Free sugars are all sugars that are added during processing or cooking as well as sugars naturally present in honey, fruit and fruit juice. In moderation and within boundaries you can give your kids something that they’ll love eating. This creates a healthy relationship with sweet treats and will make for happy and healthy kids! These recipes aren’t meant to be purely healthy but they are homemade, which means you have control over what you put in them – plus there’s something for every taste: nutty, fruity or chocolatey…
2 cups corn flakes
1 ½ cup rice krispies
½ cup peanuts, salted
1 cup peanut butter½ cup honey
¼ cup brown sugar
- Mix the corn flakes, rice krispies and peanuts.
- In a medium sized pot, add the honey and sugar and melt over a low heat until it turns runny.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter. The mixture should still be a little runny but should have cooled down a little.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture over the cereal and stir to cover all the cereal.
- Scoop heaps of the mixture onto a tray lined with greaseproof paper and allow to harden for an hour or so.
Sassy Mama Tip: If you want to roll them into balls, place the mixture in the fridge for 10-15 minutes and then roll.
2 ½ cups rolled oats
½ cup almonds, ground
½ cup raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup almond butter
5ml vanilla essence
1/3 cup honey
- Mix together the oats, almonds, raisins and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
- Add the almond butter and vanilla essence and stir well.
- Add the honey a little bit at a time, stirring well after each addition.
- Put the mixture in the refrigerator to chill for around 30 minutes.
- Remove from the refrigerator and roll into balls.
- Place the balls on parchment paper and allow to harden in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Sassy Mama Tip: For a more cookie-like bite, toast the oats in a dry pan for a couple of minutes before you mix it with the almond.
2 cups rolled oats
5 digestive biscuits
3 tbsp. almond milk
½ cup Nutella
2 tsp Honey
1 tbsp. protein powder (optional)
2 tbsps cacao powder
- Crush the digestive biscuits into a fine crumb.
- Combine the oats, digestive biscuits and protein powder into a bowl and mix well.
- Add the almond milk, Nutella, honey and protein powder and mix well.
- Place the mixture in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to make it easier to roll.
- Roll the balls into bite-sized balls and then roll in cocoa powder. Chill for 30 minutes.
Sassy Mama Tip: Get the little ones involved in the crushing off the digestive biscuits, but keep eager hands away from the pot of Nutella!
All images credited to Leandi Archer.