With the load that we have in school this year, we're eating lunch a little bit later now than we have in the past. (Meaning 12 or 12:30 p.m., as opposed to 11 or 11:30 a.m.)
Because of this longer space that we now have between breakfast (at 8 a.m.) and lunch, we normally need a little snack midway through the morning. It needs to be something we can grab quickly, and keeping on going with school. Actually, Noah is normally the one to remember it's time for snack, and he goes and retrieves the snack for everyone, loads it up in their snack bowls and they eat it right at the dining room table as they continue working on their independent work.
Sometimes, our snacks consist of a little bowl of dried fruit and nuts (usually purchased in bulk through our co-op).
But, lately I've tried three new recipes for this snack-time that seemed to fit the bill: Healthy and Grab-able (new word?)
Two of the recipes we liked...one, not so much.
We did enjoy these "Powerball Cookies" (found here):
You may want to let them thaw for a minute before eating them, but I love chewy stuff, so these are right up my alley straight from the freezer.
Chewy Granola Bars
I found this recipe here. It is labeled as a 4-Ingredient Chewy Almond Butter Granola Bars...but I made mine a little differently, and they ended up with more ingredients than that. Here is how I made them:
I freeze the individual bars and eat them straight out of the freezer. I liked these fine, my family not so much...so I ended up finishing them up by myself over the course of a few weeks.
I've saved the best for last. This last recipe is our fav-O-rite!
"Best granola bars"
I found this recipe on Kitchen Stewardship. Katie lists a bunch of possible variations here, but this is how I made them:
- 1 c. butter
- 1 c. honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 4 1/2 c. rolled oats
- 1 ½ c. whole wheat or spelt flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups of add-ins:
I used 1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 c. sunflower seeds
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips