Kipper has, as you might expect, a number of cuddly toys. These cover the extent of the animal kingdom, and include elephants, giraffes, dogs, ducks, fish, monkeys, seals, whales, rabbits, octopi, and, of course, bears. Most of them live in a storage box but there are a few who have a more favoured status, and get carried around, slept with, taken on holiday, etc. etc.
So it shouldn’t have surprised me when Kipper announced one day that one of her favourite cuddly rabbits was having a birthday, and that she needed to make some cakes for the party.
Needed, you understand, not merely wanted.
Now, I do try to maintain a reasonably healthy diet for us, and only make sweet stuff on special occasions, but I could see that suggesting a birthday yogurt, or a birthday fruit salad, just wasn’t going to cut any ice. I suggested muesli cookies, but she wasn’t going to give in for something that doesn’t even have any chocolate in it. Oh no.
So, in the end we made these chocolatey and delicious no-bake Nutella bites. Kipper prepared the (teeny) paper cases. She weighed, stirred and spooned. And thank heaven, cuddly rabbit’s birthday party was a huge success!
I’ve dubbed these delectable little morsels ‘healthy’ as they are mostly made of milk, oats and puffed rice – it’s basically breakfast mixed with Nutella and dolloped into paper cases. AND I used the teeny-tiny petit four paper cases, to limit sugary snack intake further. This way, Kipper can have TWO and feel terribly indulgent, but I’m smug in the knowledge that it’s probably less altogether than a single one made in a normal-sized paper case. Heh heh heh. Sneaky Mum 😀
These yummy Nutella bites were a big hit with Kipper’s friends, as well as her cuddly toys, and I’m happy to report that the few that were left survived a couple of weeks in a box in the fridge, while we were away. So you don’t have to be in a hurry to eat them all up, either.
Incidentally, if you’re the kind of parent who likes to minimise your child’s sugary snack intake by eating all the sugary snacks late at night while your offspring are sleeping (It’s for their own good! Honestly!) then you’ll probably enjoy these. They might, for instance, go well with a mug of hot chocolate in front of the telly. I imagine…
We made 23 no-bake Nutella bites, but obviously this will depend on the size of your paper cases.
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- 85g nutella
- 15g margarine or butter
- 50ml milk
- 50g porridge oats
- 50g puffed rice
- Spread out 20-24 mini paper cases on a baking tray. Set aside.
- Melt the nutella, butter and milk together in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring, and cook for about a minute.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the oats and puffed rice. Mix well.
- Place teaspoonfuls of the mixture into the paper cases. Refrigerate for at least an hour to cool and firm up.
- Take care when making these with children as the Nutella/butter/milk mixture gets very hot.