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I love when the kids want to help and get creative with some cooking.  This recipe is great to pull out when the kids are eager to get their hands dirty.  It doesn’t require baking and only uses one mixing bowl for a super fast clean up.  I base these on a recipe by Annabel Karmel and make them for a quick and tasty at-home snack (they contain nuts and cannot be taken to our school).  As they are filled with protein, they fill little tummies and keep them feeling full for a long time.


Ingredients (Makes approx 10 bees)

4 tablespoons of smooth, natural peanut butter

1 tablespoon of honey

2 tablespoons of milk powder

1 tablespoon of sesame seeds

1 crushed weetbix


1 tablespoon of cacao or cocoa

Flaked almonds

And now the fun part…

1.  Mix all of the ingredients together.  This can be easily done by hand with no electric mixer or processors required.

2.  Form teaspoons of the mixture into an oval-type shape and place on a plate.

3.  Coat a toothpick in cacao and press along the little bee bodies, making a dent and leaving some colour behind for the stripes.  I use the pick that comes with our alphabet food cutters as it has a large rounded end that I can dip in the cacao to form eyes.  You could use small pieces of sultanas or small choc ships for eyes as well.

4.  Press a flaked almond into each side of the bee to form wings.

These delicious little bees can be stored in the fridge for several days.  The mixture can be easily made into small balls instead of bees for an even faster snack.


I often send bananas to school with my boys as they are packed with goodness, available throughout most of the year and are pretty reliably eaten.  One really simple way to add a little fun to the average banana is by giving it some minion style!  Who doesn’t love a minion?  And who can help but smile when they say “BA-NA-NA!”

This takes hardly any time at all to put together.  I start by searching the web for minion pictures.  I then choose and print a minion with a plain white background, with nothing obstructing it’s face or clothing.   Finally, I cut out the eyes, mouth and clothing (everything except the yellow), and glue them in position on the banana.  I like to choose a different minion each time and my boys giggle at the different facial expressions.

I haven’t tried this with other characters, but I think it should work with anything coloured yellow.  Maybe Sponge Bob Square Pants?  I would love to hear your ideas or see your creations shared on the Lunch Boxes With Love Facebook page!


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