In my constant search for the perfect muesli bar/granola bar/bliss ball/fruit bites that my four-year-old will eat, I've come across these two recipes that work really well from Wholefood Simply by Bianca Slade (2013). Great lunchbox fillers whatever age you are!
For the apricot bites you only need 1 c organic dried apricots, soaked for 30 min in boiling water then drained. Then put in a blender or food processor with 2 c desiccated coconut. Blitz on high for a while until it's all combined. Press into a lined loaf tin and put in freezer to set.
For the chocolate brownie chews blitz in a food processor 1/2 c sunflower seeds, 1/4 c pumpkin seeds, 1/4 c desiccated coconut, 1 c pitted prunes, 1/4 c raisins and 1 tbsp cacao powder. It helps if the prunes are soaked for 30 min in boiling water first, then drained. Mix until all combined then press into a lined loaf tin and freeze until set.
Cut your large rectangle into bars or squares and keep in the freezer or fridge. These are great alternatives to bliss balls as you don't have to roll, roll, roll and get your hands dirty!
Frances Chan is a freelance editor/proofreader who has written a couple of children's books and writes for Weekend Notes. She also loves to bake. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram.