VBS Goes Primal

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It turns out that pretty much very church on the planet uses the same VBS theme each year.  Are you looking for a business opportunity?  It seems as though someone should come up with a competing company, as there is apparently only one choice!  Because of that, I’ve had the pleasure of discussing VBS snacks with people from six different churches around the country recently…and they all offered zero in the way of nutrition.  I heard everything from candy to chicken nuggets to cookies to crackers.  How many f these snacks will sustain kids through the whole morning?  None.

Last year I played around with the whole “primal” snack thing, and got a decent response–for the most part, the kids didn’t notice that the snacks were any different.  This year I decided to go the whole way to primal, with one caveat: some corn chex in the trail mix.  That is the only place where I haven’t yet found an affordable filler.  Maybe next year I’ll have it figured out.  Anyway, our menu this year went as such:

Monday: Smoothie Popsicles/Applesauce Popsicles

Tuesday: Trail Mix

Wednesday: Ants on a Log (with sunflower butter and/or cream cheese)

Thursday: Fresh Sorbet

Friday: Vanilla-Scented Coconut Pancakes with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

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Smoothie Popsicles

I’m going to be honest–I didn’t measure when I did these, but I have a rough estimate of ingredients.  These and the sorbet basically require a good blender (Vitamix or higher).

1# strawberries

1 banana

1 avocado

1 C unsweetened coconut milk

2 Tbsp flax meal

1.- Whiz it in the blender.

2.- Pour it into Dixie cups.  Stick in a popsicle stick (they will stand up).

3.- Freeze.

These take a LOT of freezer space when you make them for large numbers of kids.  We would put 24 on a tray, then stack a second tray of 24 on top.

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Trail Mix

These two pictures look alike, but because of allergies, they were not.  We had separate snacks each day for the big kids (4 and up) and the little kids (2-3).  This way, I was able to cover all allergies in the group with just one snack.

Big Kids

Corn Chex

Raisins

Cashews

Unsweetened Grated Coconut

Pumpkin Seeds

Dark Chocolate (90%+)

Littles

Corn Check

Unsweetened Grated Coconut

Raisins

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips

Raw Sunflower Kernels

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Ants on a Log

These should be pretty self-explanatory.  I don’t have a picture of the cream cheese version, but they were exactly the same, just with cream cheese.

Celery

Sunflower Butter

Cream Cheese

Raisins

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Sorbet

This recipe MUST have a good blender.  You will break the motor on a $50 blender in about two seconds trying to make this.

1# frozen strawberries

1# frozen pineapple

1 avocado

1/2 frozen banana

1 tsp honey

1 C unsweetened coconut milk

2 Tbsp flax meal

1.- Layer the liquid and soft items first–coconut milk, honey, avocado, flax meal.  Add in the frozen fruit.  Turn on the blender and slowly rev it up to high.  Use your tamp to shove everything down to the bottom and within a little bit, you’ll have four lumps form on top.

2.- When it’s the consistency of ice cream, you stop the blender and eat it.

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Vanilla-Scented Coconut Pancakes with Strawberries and Whipped Cream

One recipe makes 15-20 pancakes, depending on their size

8 eggs

1/4 C melted butter

1/2 C coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp honey

1/2 C coconut flour

Pinch of salt

1 tsp banking soda

1.- In blender, mix eggs on medium-low until frothy (takes about 60-90 seconds).  Add in butter, vanilla, coconut milk, and honey while continuing to mix.  Add in dry ingredients and mix until well-combined and lumps are gone.

2.- Let rest for 15 minutes–it will thicken.  If it gets too thick, add in more coconut milk or water.

3.- Heat griddle to medium and grease appropriately.  Cook pancakes.  Coconut flour cooks a little differently, so just watch them and make sure you don’t turn them too early.

4.- Serve with whatever on top.  We chose strawberries and sugar-free whipped cream

 

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