Cooking, preppy-style

Kids love autonomy in the kitchen. (Picture: iStock)

There comes a time when every littlie wants to ‘cook something all by themselves’.

It’s almost a rite of passage that parents either welcome as a bonding experience and a chance to teach; or dread, because of the mess, danger or time/effort involved.

So it’s mighty handy to have a recipe at hand that doesn’t need an oven, cooktop or sharp knives, is easily supervised, and is a treat in school lunch box or as a healthy snack.

Here’s such a beast:

No-bake cookies


12 Marie biscuits

½ cup muesli

2 tbsp wheat bran

1 tsp powdered flax seeds

½ cup smooth peanut butter

A few drops of vanilla essence

2 tbsps chocolate chips

Desiccated coconut


1. Place broken up biscuits in a large sandwich bag and crush fine.

2. Add muesli, wheat bran, flax seeds, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Mix well.

3. Knead mixture well into a dough using your hands.

4. Divide the mixture into 10 equal portions and roll out each into a ball

5. Flatten each ball between your palms to form a thick disc

6. Roll the prepared cookies evenly in desiccated coconut

7. Store in an air-tight container

Happy kid, happy parent, happy munching…