Hearty oatmeal combined with cherries and almond to make a portable bar for breakfast, snacks or dessert. ~ by Serena Ball, MS, RD
Over the summer, my little girls and I built several fairy houses.
We made some out of shoe boxes using cotton balls for fairy pillows and sardine cans for beds. Other fairy houses were more natural tree bark beds and leaf blankets. Every morning we’d check to see if we caught any fairies – or if the leaf blankets or cotton ball pillows had moved…just a bit…signaling a fairy had slept there that night. We’re certain several fairies found our fairy houses quite comfy.
But I never caught a Dishes Fairy – her special talent: Doing my dishes while I slept.
See, that’s the thing about cooking at home a lot. Even though I really enjoy cooking, I really, really don’t like doing dishes or cleaning up the kitchen…night after night after night.
But, then again, if I weren’t willing to clean up a little mess, I would never have seen the sheer delight on my kids’ faces the first time I made these snacking bars – or the surprise on my friend’s face when I made it into a cake for her birthday – or imagined the happiness of my girls when they opened their lunchbox to find the frosted bars inside.
Now these snacking bars (or cake, which I call it too!) are perfect because they are totally versatile:
- Breakfast Bonus: Yes, cake for breakfast! The ingredients: Oatmeal, yogurt, fruit and eggs are actually the same as those in my 5-Minute Breakfast Custard – they’re just in a different order in this recipe!
- Filling After-School Snack: Whole grain oats + protein-rich dairy = Lots of energy for homework
- A Sweet (Healthy) Treat for Dessert: Did someone say frosting with sprinkles and a cherry garnish?!
And for lots more healthy inspiration for Bars & Bites for the lunch box and beyond, check out all the Recipe ReDux recipes for this month’s theme of “Bars & Bites for Brown Bags.”
And just imagine the look on your kids’ face when they find one of these treats in their brown bag – or Tinkerbell lunchbox.
Probably how I will look if I ever do catch that Dishes Fairy.
What treats do you add to your kids’ lunchboxes? Or your own?