When I was a kid my lunch box usually consisted of a sandwich, a muesli bar (or a roll up or, if I was really lucky a space bar – remember those?!), a piece of fruit, a tub of yoghurt or maybe a piece of cheese and some kind of cake or muffin. At the age of ten I complained to mum that I didn’t like what she put in my lunch box so she happily handed the task of lunch box packing over to me. Things only went downhill from there.

Kids love variety and excitement and let’s face it, they are more likely to eat the contents of their lunch boxes if they enjoy what is inside. Doing this doesn’t have to be stressful and that’s why I’m running a free lunch box challenge with recipe ideas, packing tips and inspiration to help make your kids lunches a breeze the year. Over two weeks, starting on Monday, 30 January, you will receive six emails with simple tips and ideas for lunch boxes with ease. You can sign up below to join in this free challenge.

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Bliss balls lend themselves perfectly to school lunch boxes. They are easy to make, bite sized and easy to eat for kids who want to get out on the playground to play. That’s what I’m all about. Helping you make your mum life easier. Recipes that are healthy and nutritious that the kids will actually eat. It’s a win/win.

These bliss balls are one of my Tefal Cuisine Companion recipes but can easily be adapted (instructions included). Enjoy!

tefal cuisine companion recipes

Banana, date and maple bliss balls


1.5 cups quinoa flakes
5 dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1 large banana
1 tsp maple syrup


Place the quinoa flakes in the bowl of the Cuisine Companion with the kneading/crushing attachment fitted. Blend on speed 12 for 2 minutes until they resemble coarse bread crumbs.

Tip the quinoa flakes into a bowl and place the chopped dates into the Cuisine Companion. Mix on speed 12 for 1 minute.

Add the quinoa flakes, banana and maple syrup in with the dates and mix on speed 12 for 30 seconds or until combined.

Remove the blade and roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls. Wet hands will help with this to ensure the mixture doesn’t stick to your hands.

If nuts aren’t an issue, roll the balls in some crushed pecans for added texture and flavour.

If you don’t have a Cuisine Companion, follow the instructions with a regular food processor or high-powered blender by mixing on high at each step.

If you are ready to join in on the free lunch box challenge, sign up below!

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