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Apricot Date and Coconut Biscuits

Apricot date and coconut biscuits

With term 4 creeping up I’ve started thinking about those school lunch boxes again, not too much but just a little bit.

I love recipes that you can make ahead of time, seal away in a container and pop into the freezer all ready for that quick grab when those daily lunch boxes are being made (for me that’s usually the night before).

The kidlets love a good biscuit in their lunch box and just quietly I love one dunked in a good 

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Spiced Apple Cookies



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My beautiful friend Jennifer has been at it again……Baking, that thing we all love to do when we have the time…….hehehe.

I got to sample a batch of Jennifer’s little treasures recently and just one mouthful into my cookie I knew I had to ask for the recipe. Being the gorgeous, generous, super efficient lady that Jennifer is I had a copy in no time at all.

Deliciously wholesome are the words I’d use to describe these ‘Spiced Apple Cookie’ treasures. They remind me of a carrot cake turned cookie, minus the carrot, if that makes sense?

Trust me they are delicious and just a tad more nourishing than my ‘Dark Chocolate & Salted Caramel Cookies’, although I do think it’s all about a good balance, so why not make a batch of each? As one of my gorgeous FB readers put it, ‘I agree – balance = one in each hand – perfect balance’……and the perfect reasoning I say!

I’ve made a few little tweaks to the original recipe including the addition of some chia seeds (my little sister Kaymac has me very well stocked at the moment).

Recipes that can be adapted to suit big and little people’s tastes/needs are always winners in my books, nuts for the bigs (you’re going to love the maple syrup walnuts in these treasures) and nut free for the littles (keeping them safe and perfect for school lunch boxes).

They freeze really well too which means you can make a nice big double batch ahead of time for those lunchbox or afternoon tea snacks, while you’re at it make the Salted caramel ones too…..kidding, actually no I’m not, do it, you’ll hug yourself!

Here’s your How-To:

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Spiced Apple Cookies
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Recipe type: Baking
Serves: 16 Adult size
  • 125g walnuts, chopped (for a nut free school lunchbox snack loose the nuts, they still taste great)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large green apple, grated
  • 1¼ cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ cup currants
  • ½ cup craisins (dried cranberries)
  • Optional 80g white chocolate melted for drizzling over cooled cookies.
  1. Preheat oven to 160C fan forced.
  2. Line 3 oven trays with baking paper.
  3. In a bowl combine walnuts and maple syrup. Spread on one oven tray. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden. Cool on tray then break up into small pieces.
  4. In a medium bowl beat butter and sugars together with an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Add egg and beat well.
  5. Stir in apple, oats, chia seeds followed by sifted flour, baking powder, soda and spices. Lightly stir currants, craisins and walnuts into mixture (leave nuts out if doing for school lunchboxes).
  6. Shape heaped tablespoons of cookie mixture into rounds.
  7. Arrange on trays 5cm apart, flatten slightly using a floured fork.
  8. Bake 15-20 minutes until golden.
  9. Cool on tray 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. OPTION: To pretty up, drizzle with melted white chocolate (spoon melted chocolate into a snap lock bag, snip a tiny piece of corner off and drizzle away!)
  11. Once chocolate sets store in an airtight container for up to 5 days, alternatively wrap with cling wrap store in a freezer friendly air tight container and freeze for up to 2 months.
  12. NOTE: when I made the kidlets cookies I made them smaller using heaped teaspoons of mixture and baked for 10-15 minutes or until golden.

The nut free school lunchbox version….

kidlet friendly apple spiced cookies

So there you have it a great little number for both the bigs and littles to enjoy.

Do you have special friends that share recipes with you too? I love it!

Until the next time……




      My beautiful friend Jennifer has been at it again......Baking, that thing we all love to do when we have the time....

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Nut Free Snack Bites

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With the kids heading back to school tomorrow lunchbox snack options have been on my mind. Nut Free Snack Bites to be precise.

There are so many different types of snack bliss balls getting around cyber space at the moment but generally they consist of a nut base and if your schools and preschools are anything like ours you’re looking at a big FROWN or complete NO NO to nuts being taken to school and understandably with the amount of little kidlets out there with nut allergies (cyber supportive hugs going out to all parents dealing with any food allergies).

Fortunately our 3 kidlets have so far dodged any major food allergies, Master Blake has a slight dairy intolerance but apart from that we’re good. We do enjoy our nuts but keep them for home snacks, which brings me back to the subject of nut free snacks for those lunchboxes!

A week or so ago I saw this post from the gorgeous Lauren over at Create Bake Make for Easy Muesli Balls, and around the same time my sister told me about some Chia seeds she’s been enjoying. Mmmmmm a Nut Free Snack Bite all rolled up into a little ball was on my mind.

The 3 kidlets love their breakfast cereal…… corn flakes, rice bubbles and weetbix are staples in our pantry, I narrowed it down to the bubbles and flakes. Chocolate is another of their loves (I can’t blame them) but I didn’t want these balls to have too much processed sugar unlike my Triple Choc Malteser Balls (I was aiming for a healthier option this time) so dates came into the equation, they act as the perfect sweetener and help to hold these little balls together. Also added to the mix were a few chia seeds which help to keep those little and big tummies fuller for longer and for a little hint of chocolate I added some cocoa (if you want to be super healthy use cacao powder)

The end result was a huge success, by that I mean I rolled 18 balls and by the time I had finished rolling I only had 11 balls to pop in the fridge?? Check out 2 of my little taste testers below, Zadada and Blake were way too quick for me.

Here’s your How-to:

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Nut Free Snack Bites
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Serves: 18
  • 1½ cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup cornflakes
  • 1 cup rice bubbles
  • 1½ tablespoons Chia seeds
  • 2½ tablespoons coconut oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  1. Combine all ingredients except for desiccated coconut in a food processor.
  2. Whizz together until mixture resembles a rough sticky dough, if mixture is still crumbly add a little more water 1 teaspoon at a time until it will squeeze and hold together (test a teaspoonful in your hand).
  3. Squeeze heaped teaspoonful's of mixture into ball shapes, roll in coconut.
  4. Store Nut Free Snack Bites in an air tight container in fridge for up to 2 weeks.


So the lunch boxes are packed (I like to do them the night before), the snack bites are ready and waiting to be eaten along with a wholemeal banana muffin, recipe here, (scroll to bottom of post to NOTE).

What’s your favourite Nut Free snack/treat you pack in the kidlets lunchboxes?

Wishing all the students and teachers a smooth  first week of Term 1.

Until later this week…..


With the kids heading back to school tomorrow lunchbox snack options have been on my mind. Nut Free Snack Bites to be pr...

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