Wednesday, September 11, 2013

School Treats

  Ahhh... Do you hear that?  Silence! 
Well... that may be exagerating a bit, but school is back in session.  Children are back to schedules, organized chaos, and learning.  What better way to help support your kids while they build brain power than to keep their bellies filled with delicious and healthy treats?
Last week I posted some tasty snacks that could easily be frozen for future munching.  I'm going to add some more to that list today... maybe next week we can tackle the dehydrator... but until then, here are some Cool School options.

Apple Sauce -
This will freeze well in little containers.  By the time the kids are ready for snack, it will have defrosted and they will have a nice cool and refreshing treat. 
3 - Granny Smith Apples - Peeled and Diced
3 - Macintosh Apples - Peeled and Diced
3/4 c - Water
1/4 c - Honey
2 tsp - Cinnamon
1/2 tsp - Nutmeg
1/2 tsp - Orange Zest
1- In a saucepan, combine all the ingredients.
2- Cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
3- Cool, then puree in a blender OR for a chunkier texture, mash potato masher.
4- Freeze in individual portions for later snacking or store up to 1 week in the fridge.
Muffins -
This is a base recipe that can be altered to create any number of muffiny goodness.  Some fan favorites are: Lemon Poppy - Chocolate Chip - Almond Berry - Carrot - Banana Walnut  - Blueberry
2 c              All Purpose Flour
3 tsp           Baking Powder
1/2 tsp        Salt
1/2 c           Brown Sugar
1/4 c           White Sugar
1                 Egg
1 c              Milk
1/4 c           Vegetable Oil
1/2 tsp        Vanilla Extract
1- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
2- Combine all ingredients and mix until just combined.
3- Pour the batter into paper lined muffin pan cups.
4- Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.

Blueberry Muffins: Add 1 cup fresh Blueberries.
Lemon Poppy: Add 2 Tbl Lemon Juice, 1/2tsp Lemon Zest, 1 tsp Poppy Seeds.
Chocolate Chip: Add 1 cup mini Chocolate Chips.
Almond Berry: Fold in 1 cup Mixed Berries and 1/2c sliced Almonds.
Carrots: 1/2 cup shredded Carrots and 1/2 cup Raisins
Banana: 1 Mashed Banana and 1/2 cup diced Walnuts



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