With my twins just starting Prep I’ve been thinking a lot about lunch boxes. And what to put in them…. every day for, 5 days a week….. it’s a daunting thought.
I’m determined not to undo my 5 years of hard work and resort to copious amounts of pre-packaged sugar laden snack foods to fill the lunch box. I also don’t want to expose my now 2 year old to that type of food on a regular basis. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a junk food nazi, my kids have treats most day, but they are usually home-baked and certainly part of a well balanced diet. To me it’s really important that we manage our kids energy levels, and attitudes, by making positive food choices, and helping them to learn too.
So my latest craze is some kind of cross between it all – home baked, packed full of powerful goodness and with a hint of ‘treat’, perfect for the school yard, or a toddler snack. Hello Power Biccy.
Makes approx. 24
120 g butter at room temperature
1/3 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1 or 2 eggs (for extra protein)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup Wheatgerm
½ cup plain flour or ¼ cup coconut flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¾ cup Rolled Oats
¼ cup Chia seeds
¼ cup Pumpkin seeds
¼ cup Sunflower seeds
2 Tbs Linseeds
2 Tbs sesame seeds
¼ cup dried cranberries or sultanas
2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
30 g dark chocolate choc chips
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line 2 baking trays with grease-proof paper.
Cream the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add egg(s) and vanilla and beat well.
Combine all the remaining ingredients in a blender or processor and pulse a few times to roughly chop. Add to butter mixture and stir to form biccy dough. You can of course add the dry ingredients whole but I find the less discernable things are the easier they go down!
Roll small handfuls of dough into balls and place on baking tray, pressing down lightly to flatten. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
Allow to cool slightly before transferring them to a wire cooling rack. Store in an airtight container and consume guilt free.
Note: This dough can be frozen if you prefer to just cook a few biccies at a time. Simply roll dough in a log and wrap well in Glad Wrap. Freeze until required. You can then slice off rounds to have fresh baked biccies any day!
Written by Emily Dupuche, Food Babies Love