Thursday, October 6, 2011

Kids snacks for school-No NUTS allowed.

This first month of school has been challenging to say the least. Between soccer, chorus and field hockey practice I'm also challenged with finding lunches and snacks that don't have any sort of nuts in them. I realize many of you already have dealt with this but for me it's a little difficult.

My kids love to snack on nuts-doesn't matter what kind they just love them.  We always have a jar of peanuts or a bag of walnuts in the refrigerator. Or we have boxes of granola bars in the pantry.  When it comes to making school lunches and snacks I have to be so careful not to make or buy anything with nuts.
I think it makes me nut!!  anyway....

These are just a few ideas I have made at home for my kids and yet they may not be organic or so called 100% health they are a happy balance, the kids get what they want and so do I.

A great alternative to a nut granola bar.
This is an Apple Cranberry Oat bar.  I used
apple sauce and diced apples with dried cranberries. Full of fiber and antioxidants plus it still tastes great.

Slice Apples don't have to be boring. Easy caramel sauce           
helps to spruce up any apple.
1 can sweetened condense milk
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
2 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
bring all except vanilla to a low boil for 2-4 min
 remove from heat and vanilla allow to cool.                                                

You can never go wrong with chocolate chip cookies.
Replace 1/2 cup all purpose  flour with 1/2 whole
wheat flour if you'd like.

I thought these would be great for when the 
neighborhood  kids come over. Whole wheat                                                            
pretzel sticks dipped in a little chocolate and
sprinkles. Fun and tasty :)     

This is one of my kids favorite school snacks. Caramel popcorn.I happend to get
this recipe from but you can find them lost of recipes on the internet or in your favorite cookbook.                                                                                                                                                    

 I've posted the recipe for this Banana Bread a few months back.  I personally love banana bread and muffins and thank goodness my kids do too! We always have extra bananas left in the rack at the end of the week.  Use them to make bread or muffins for breakfast but best of all they are great for after school snacks or pack into your kids lunch box.




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