This quarantine snack idea is a throwback to my childhood. If you’re using a grocery delivery service, you’re likely getting substitutions when what you ordered is out of stock. One of those recent items was a box of vanilla wafers in lieu of oatmeal cookies. It had been probably 20 years since I’d had one of these light, yet crunchy cookies.

Quarantine Snack & Sweet Memories

At first bite of this quarantine snack, I was transported back to the age of 10. It was summer in the south, and we were in Owensboro, KY at a family reunion. My dad is the youngest of 10. Family reunions were a bit of an introvert’s nightmare. It felt like there were a 100 people in my grandmother’s side yard. Everyone contributed a dish to the potluck lunch, and the dishes (that sat in the hot summer sun for most of the afternoon) literally filled the edges of a truck bed…the length of a semi-truck. It was filled with southern specialities such as barbecued chicken, deer meat, Kentucky Burgoo, bananas rolled in mayo and peanuts, potato salad, and my favorite…banana pudding made with vanilla wafers. I loved the mushy wafers soaked up with fake banana flavoring.

Quarantine Snack Emotional Eating

A quarantine snack should not only offer us fuel, but it should also satisfy our emotional needs. This quarantine snack warms the heart of my 10 year-old self feeling a bit socially anxious. While the feelings of COVID-19 anxiety is not social anxiety, the feelings of anxiety are the same. I decided to call them “Bliss Bites” because they bring up the bliss I felt when I got to the end of that truck bed.

P.S. If you’re seeking more healthy quarantine snack ideas, keep up with us! Try our Apple Nachos

P.S.S. If vanilla wafers aren’t your thing, sub in your favorite cookie! Some ideas – graham crackers, teddy grahams, crunchy oatmeal cookies (like St. Louis-style Dad’s Oatmeal cookies). The key is that the cookie is dry/crunchy.

Happy Quarantine Snacking!

no bake cookies


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no bake bliss bites

No Bake Vanilla Cookie Bliss Bites

  • Author: Jennifer McDaniel


  • 1 1/2 c. vanilla wafer cookies, divided
  • 12 dates, pitted
  • 1/2 c. rolled oats
  • 1/31/2 c. almond butter


  1. In a food processor, combine 1 cup vanilla wafers, pitted dates and rolled oats. Pulse until the mixture is a small to medium crumb.
  2. Transfer ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and add 1/3 cup almond butter. You can add more butter if the mixture is too crumbly to form a ball.
  3. Wipe your food processor clean and add 1/2 cup vanilla wafers. Pulse until crumbs. Place crumbs on a plate.
  4. Roll cookie bites in crumbs for the crumb coating.

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.