After School Snacks

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Peanut Butter Banana Cereal Bars

Makes 16 bars
1/2 c. puffed rice cereal
1/2 c. rolled oats
3/4 c. peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/4 c. honey
3 tsp. coconut oil (optional)
1 banana, chopped to small pieces
1 tbs. cinnamon


In a medium sauce pan, heat the peanut butter and honey until liquid and smooth. Depending on the nut butter and it's oil content, it might get sticky - if this happens add in the coconut oil a teaspoon as a time until the desired consistency is reached. 

Meantime, combine rice cereal, oats, cinnamon and pinch of salt in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Add in chopped banana and stir again.

Pour warm peanut butter mixture over oats and stir. Once everything is combined, line an 8x8 glass dish with waxed paper. Press the mixture evenly into the dish and fold the edges of the waxed paper over to cover it. Place in the refrigerator to set. Once chilled and firm, slice into 16 bars. 

The bars will stay wrapped in the fridge for one week. 

Ants On A Log

For 1 serving
2 celery stalks
2 tbs. cream cheese
18-20 raisins

Wash the celery and trim edges of stalks. Cut into thirds.

Fill the hollow of the celery with the cream cheese. Place raisin "ants" along the top. The kids can help with that part!

Ricotta Toast

For 1 serving
2 slices good Italian bread (such as a semolina)
4 tbs. part-skim ricotta cheese
honey (or substitute jam of choice)

Toast or grill the bread until just crispy.

Spread each slice with 2 tbs. ricotta cheese and 1 tbs of honey of jam. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Buon Appetito & Good Luck in School!