Today’s post is about snacks. Do your kids get snack time at school? Personally, I think it’s a bit silly, especially as my kids get older, but it is what it is. I do like that my second and fourth grader bring their snacks from home. My kindergartener gets a “community” snack which is often cereal or crackers. I like that my older kids can bring a snack, because very often, they will choose to bring fruit or cut up veggies. Or lately, nori 🙂
Sometimes though, I send one large container of snack for the week. This week, we had lots of this-and-thats in the pantry, so it was a good week to do a trail mix of sorts:
Goldfish, mini chips-ahoy cookies, pretzels, wheat thins, marshmallows, cheerios. Dried fruit and nuts would be good too, if I had any. They were super excited for this mix. I was mostly happy to clear several mostly empty boxes and bags from the pantry.
I’ve also been experimenting with a few recipes for healthier treats.
These homemade s’mores granola bars turned out pretty good. All the kids agreed that there was too much honey so I may tinker with that a bit. This particular recipe filled my mini loaf pan perfectly, and then I cut each larger bar into sixths. You can find the recipe here. It was really easy, and I even made my own granola, following the recipe that’s linked up in the aforementioned post. The only change I made was that I only added half a cup of marshmallows and a handful of chocolate chips. I’ll definitely do these again.
What’s this? This is a pan of gummy fruit snacks. But I wouldn’t call them gummy fruit snacks. Maybe pureed fruit jello? Another easy recipe found here. I used a combination of a blackberries, raspberries and blueberries and cran-raspberry juice. I thought they were okay, one kid thought they were good, another didn’t like them at all and the third hasn’t had a chance to try them. Not sure I’ll try this combination again, but it was so easy that I’d consider a different fruit combination. Something sweeter, I think.
Of course, hands-down, the favorite “snack” that I made this week was the rice krispy treats. Sometimes you just can’t beat the classics!