Snack Attack: Tasty Treats Made Easy

tasty treats made easy

In Class or After School, These Easy Recipes Will Tickle Your Taste Buds

By Dave Woods • Official Kids Mag

Hey kids! Don’t head back to school with the same old treats and snacks. Get your adult to jazz up snack time with one of these tasty treats made easy. Want something sweet? Try the Playground Grain and Fruit Bars. Feeling a little spicy? Dive into a bag of Spicy PTO Pretzels. Want to go nuts? Grab a handful of Pecan Super Snacks. Need a sweet treat after school? Help your adults whip up some Chocolate Pudding Popsicles!

Playground Grain and Fruit Bars
• 2 cups rolled oats
• 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup wheat germ
• 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup honey
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 9×13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut.

Spicy PTO Pretzels
• 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
• 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
• 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
• 1 (1 ounce) package dry Ranch-style dressing mix
• 3/4 cup vegetable oil
• 1 1/2 (15 ounce) packages mini pretzels
In a small bowl, mix together cayenne pepper, lemon pepper, garlic salt, ranch-style dressing mix and vegetable oil.
Place pretzels in a large, sealable plastic bag. Pour in mixture from bowl. Shake well. Allow pretzels to marinate in the mixture approximately 2 hours before serving. Shake occasionally to maintain coating.

Pecan Super Snack
• 1 egg white
• 1 tablespoon water
• 1 pound pecans
• 3/4 cup white sugar
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
In a large bowl, beat egg white with water until frothy. Stir in pecans and mix to coat. Combine sugar, cinnamon and salt and stir into pecan mixture. Spread on a baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container.

Frozen Grape Bites
• Cooking spray
• 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
• 24 green grapes, frozen
Spray 24 miniature muffin cups with cooking spray.
Pour 1 tablespoon cream into each muffin cup. Place 1 grape into each muffin cup, swirling grape in the cream to coat.
Freeze grape mixture until solid, about 1 hour.

NOTE: If you would like a crust, crush 6 graham crackers and mix with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Spray cups with cooking spray and pack graham cracker mixture into each cup. Then bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 5 to 10 minutes. Then do as listed with grapes and whipped cream.

Chocolate Pudding Popsicles
• 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
• 1/2 cup milk
• 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 tablespoon white sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 avocado
• 1 banana
Combine chocolate chips, milk, cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a saucepan over low heat; stir until all ingredients are melted and combined, about 5 minutes.
Place avocado and banana in blender; blend until smooth. Add chocolate mixture into the puree; blend until the mixture is the consistency of pudding, about 5 minutes. Pour the pudding into ice pop molds, and place into freezer until firm, about 3 hours.


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