I love when my preschooler comes home with an empty lunchbox. It means I made not only a nutritious lunch but a delicious one too! My daughter eats what I call a bento style lunch. I pack a few different things in small amounts so in case I have a miss I know that she din’t go hungry and that she consumed a variety of nutrients.
My favorite lunchbox goody of late is my protein truffles. The recipe is super easy and soooo delicious but its also loaded with healthy protein and no added sugar. Plus my daughter thinks she is getting a special chocolate treat. Score!
Here are the ingredients:
Organic Almond Butter (8 oz)
Organic Almond milk (1/8 cup) add more as needed
Organic Mejool dates (a handful)
Chia Seeds (1 tablespoon)
Cacao nibs (2 tablespoons)
Organic Chocolate protein powder (2 tablespoons)
Mix the first six ingredients together in a food processor until its a sticky consistency that holds together. Next start rolling about a teaspoon size amount into a ball and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. One one side of the sheet pour out some cocoa powder on the other side pour out coconut flakes and start rolling the balls to coat them. I like to split them in half so you have a variety. You can also roll the protein truffles in crushed nuts, dried fruits, sesame seed or granola. Get creative and pick your favorites. Also the ingredients are interchangeable and you can add more or take away or swap out based upon your dietary preferences. Peanut butter for almond butter or coconut milk for almond milk. Yum! Store in a tight glass container. They will stay fresh in the fridge for about a week but I guarantee they wont last that long at your house. The kids will be begging for more and when you are running around and realized you haven’t eaten lunch these will hold you over. Enjoy!