When my older girls get home from school at 2:45 p.m., they are ravenous! I feed them a filling and nutritious breakfast at 7:15 a.m.. However, their lunch starts at 10:40 a.m. which it way too early. They eat a snack in the early afternoon. I include things like yogurt and granola, cottage cheese, cheese and crackers, a piece of fruit, or homemade bread or rolls with jam. As soon as they walk through the door after school, they are ready to eat! If I plan well, I have a snack prepared and on the table before they get home. Recently, I made homemade granola bars and they were a big hit!
Coupled with a tall glass of cold milk served in an old milk bottle, the granola bars filled their bellies and I had (mostly) happy children as I prepared dinner.
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup flaked coconut (I use an organic unsweetened flaked coconut that is delicious)
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup unsalted peanuts
*You can add also an additional 1 cup of nuts, seeds, or dried fruit of your liking.
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Warm condensed milk. Mix ingredients together and add to warmed condensed milk.
Press into a greased 9 x 13 pan.
Bake for 1 hour. Cool and refrigerate.
Do you have any healthy snacks that your kids love?