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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Vanilla Cookie Bliss Bites

  • Author: Jennifer McDaniel
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1/2 c. greek vanilla yogurt
  • 23 T. nut butter*
  • 1 t. honey (optional)
  • Apples, sliced horizontally (de-seeded)
  • Granola


  1. Combine yogurt, nut butter and honey.
  2. Spread ~1 T. yogurt dip on each apple slice.
  3. Sprinkle granola on top of apples.


*Use sunflower seed butter in lieu of peanut butter for nut allergies.

  • Prep Time: 5