I am staring at disbelief at my summer calendar. It’s officially over. We’ve passed the time for back to school shopping for clothes, shoes, and school supplies. I’ve planned out lunch menus since I have to pack lunches for three kids nightly. It dawns on me that I also need to plan out our afternoon snacks for the kids when two of them come off the bus starving at 3:30.
I do have a few favorite snacks that leave my entire family satisfied, so I tend to gravitate towards those. It is true that baking from scratch is not as easy as opening a store bought item, but I enjoy it because I like knowing what it is my kids are eating.
This one is the simplest. A spoonful of organic hummus surrounded by various vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and celery are a few of our favorites.) veggie sticks, pretzels and pita chips. My three kiddos will snack on this daily, as will I.
Banana Split Bark:
2 cups milk chocolate chips
3/4 Cups dried sweetened banana chips (broken into pieces)
1/2 c Chopped pecans (toasted)
1/2 c dried cherries
1/2 c white chocolate chips
Wax paper or Parchment paper
12×9 baking pan
-optional: coconut flakes
Melt milk chocolate chips
mix together banana chips, pecans, and cherries in separate bowl and reserve 1/2c.
Add remaining fruit mix into the melted chocolate and stir. Let it cool slightly.
Gently fold in white chocolate chips.
Cover baking pan with wax paper and spread mixture evening in the pan. It should be somewhat thin. Sprinkle 1/2c of remaining fruit over the chocolate mix
Let cool in refrigerator for about 30-60 minutes.
Break into little piece and store into air tight container.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies:
This is a recipe my Grandma used to make every time we visited. I am not positive where she originally found the recipe, but I always remember her having these in her freezer.
1 tsp baking soda
1 Cup butter
1/4 c granulated sugar
3/4 c brown sugar
1 (3 1/2oz) package of vanilla pudding
3.5 cups old fashion oats
1 cup milk chocolate chips (of course, you can substitute raisons or dried cherries)
Combine the sugars, pudding mix and softened butter in a large bowl.
Beat until creamy
Beat in eggs one at a time
Gradually add the flour to the mixture and then the backing soda.
Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
Drop rounded spoonful of dough on baking sheet
bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
What are your favorite back to school snacks? Please comment below!