Posts Tagged ‘after school snack’

Tasteful Tuesday: Homemade Granola Bars Recipe

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Granola bars are perfect for after school snacks, quick on-the-go breakfasts, camping trips, car rides; you get the picture. Homemade granola bars are a step up because you get to be flexible with the ingredients.

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What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups instant oats
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup flaked coconut*
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds*
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries*


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9 x 13-inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients until fully combined. Press flat into the greased pan.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven. The edges will be slightly browned and the bar texture will be moist and chewy.+
  4. Let cool for about 5 minutes, then cut into desired squares. Cool completely then serve (or store).

*These ingredients can be swapped out for almost anything (solid). The mixing directions stay the same.
+For crunchier bars, increase the baking time by 2-3 minutes.

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Homemade Pretzel Recipe

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Homemade pretzels are perfect for an afternoon snack or for freezing and saving for later (just pop in the microwave for fifteen or so seconds and voila!). Make these with the kids or bring them along on a beach trip this summer, and if desired, add your favorite toppings or dip into mustard.

What You’ll Need:


  • 1 (.25 ounce) package
    active dry yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
    (do not exceed 100°F)
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose
    flour, separated
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt,
    if desired


  1. In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast into the cup of water. Let stand for about 10 minutes, until a creamy foam develops.
  2. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the flour, then add vegetable oil and table salt and combine. Stir in the rest of the flour to complete the dough.
  3. On a well-floured surface, knead the dough for about 5 minutes or until elastic. Form into a ball and cover; let the dough rest for one hour.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (highly recommended). After the dough is finished resting, cut the ball into 12 even pieces and roll each piece into a rope about 16 inches long with a thickness about the size of a pencil.
  5. For a traditionally shaped pretzel, form each rope into a “U” shape and cross the ends to make a large loop. Spread the ends apart, bring them up towards you and press into the top of the loop. Or, get creative with the shape – form hearts, letters, symobls, etc.
  6. Let the formed pretzels rest for 30 minutes on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Preheat the oven to 475°F. Fill a large saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil. Stir in the baking soda, and one at a time, cook the pretzels in the boiling water for about one minute. Remove from water and place directly onto the baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse salt if desired.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until the pretzels are golden brown; approximately 10-14 minutes. Enjoy!

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Comfort Foods – Mozzarella Garlic Bombs & Buffalo Cauliflower

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Comfort foods are perfect for any occasion, season and holiday; today we’re admiring two comfort food recipes via Tasting Table – Mozzarella Garlic Bombs and Buffalo Cauliflower. Check out the videos below or click the titles for the full recipes. Try something new for an after school snack, Labor Day lunch, Superbowl party, or just when you feel like having a wholesome snack. Enjoy!

Mozzarella Garlic Bombs

Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower

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