Snack Time With Bear Paws {Review}

It’s always a good day when we get a delivery of food – snack food especially. The kids love the unscheduled treats too. A few weeks ago – a good few weeks ago! – we received this delicious box of Bear Paws in the mail.

bear boxes

As you can imagine the kids were desperate to try at least one of each – we received a box each of Mango & Strawberry (Safari Paws), Raspberry & Blueberry (Arctic Paws), Apple & Blackcurrant (Jungle Paws) and Strawberry and Apple (Dino Paws), each with it’s own set of animals and fruity shapes in the ‘paw prints’ of animals from that set.Read more: Snack Time With Bear Paws {Review}

“Chocolate” Date Ball Snack

We’re huge chocolate fans around here, to the extent that I’m sometimes a little worried about it, because it’s just not that good for us.  I found some organic, vegan, good for you chocolate bars in our local health food shop, and nice as they are, I don’t think my bank balance can handle a like-for-like replacement.

These bars have the ingredients listed on the packaging, so I thought I’d have a go at doing it myself.  The good thing is, they’re yummy, Ameli loves them and thinks they’re sweets, and they’re pretty easy to make.  The bad thing is, every time I make them they’re different because I tend to use what I have available.

So, here’s a rough go at these yummy ‘chocolatey sweets’ as Ameli calls them!

The basic ingredients are:

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup oats
  • Two tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Something wet: a 1/4 cup apple juice or 2 tablespoons peanut butter, just enough to hold the batter together.
  • You can add a variety of things – nuts, dried fruit, berries

What to do:

  1. Mix everything together in a food processor or blender. You want it well mixed, but not smooth.
  2. Either roll the batter into balls, then around a plate of coconut and place in the fridge. Alternatively spread it out on a baking sheet and refridgerate.
  3. Once set, cut into squares and enjoy.

I don’t actually know how long these last. For us they last about  a day, then I have to make more!

One thing I can say about them, for sure, is that a lot less goes a lot further – a few of these are sweet enough to ‘hit the spot’ for a lot longer than normal chocolate does. With normal chocolate I need another hit in a couple of hours. With these I’m normally satisfied.  Additionally, the energy that  comes from these lasts longer and doesn’t bring a ‘crash’.

These chocolate date balls are an amazing treat – try them!

Summer Festival Of Food: Muffin Tin Quiches

Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. In celebration of summer, we’re sharing recipe ideas for healthy snacks and picnic food, or anything you could take outdoors with you. Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you’re welcome to join us next time, or if you have a recipe you’d like to share, add it to the linky below.

I’m terrible at having breakfast, and have been as long as I can remember. I don’t get hungry before about 10am, at the earliest, normally, which isn’t great for my girlies as they need to eat well before that.  I decided to make these muffin tin recipes in bulk, freeze them and thaw as needed. They’re gorgeous warm, or cold – although not frozen! – which makes them ideal for lunch box snacks, trips out, or picnic food. They’re also highly adaptable.

This is not a free-from recipe. It contains eggs, gluten, meat and dairy, but is very easily adaptable.


Makes about 12

Preheat oven to 180C/ 325F


  • 3 round whole wheat wraps (or alternative)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetables: spinach, chives, corn, or any other vegetable that won’t give off too much liquid, like tomatoes
  • bacon, sausage, mince, chicken etc to taste
  • cheese to taste

1. Cut smaller circles out of the wraps using a cookie cutter or tinned food can. I get about 3 rounds out of a wrap.

2. Place the round in a greased muffin tin

3. Put a small spoon of meat and a small spoon of vegetables into each round

4. In a separate bowl, vigorously mix the eggs, adding any seasoning, such as chives or other herbs, salt, and pepper.

5. Using a large spoon, scoop the egg mix into each ‘case’, covering the other ingredients, but making sure it doesn’t over flow.

6. Top with the cheese.

7. Place in a oven for 20 minutes.

8. Remove, cool to edible, and enjoy, or cool completely and freeze.

We’ve tried various options: cheese and bacon, and cheese,bacon,onion and chives, and next on our list is ricotta and spinach. What fillings would you try?

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Festival of Food Carnival