Back to School Bites

Written by Jodie Fitz

Welcome September!

At the Price Chopper/Market 32 Kids Cooking Club we have a few bites to make your back to school days delightfully delicious.

PB & J Smoothie

This recipe is an easy serve for breakfast or after school.

2 cups fresh strawberries

2 cups ice

1 cup PICS milk

¼ cup PICS peanut butter

1 tablespoon PICS honey

1 teaspoon Full Circle vanilla extract

Rinse and hull the strawberries.

 

Add the prepared strawberries, ice, milk, peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract into the blender.

 

Blend well and serve.

Peanut Allergy Alternatives:  Swap the peanut butter for WOW Butter® found in the allergy friendly aisle at your Price Chopper/Market 32 Supermarket.

Dairy Free:  Try making this recipe with either rice milk or almond milk.  Rice milk actually has very little taste when mixed in a smoothie and allows the strawberry and peanut butter flavors to shine.

Apple Energy Bites

This recipe is great for lunchbox packing and after school snacking.

 

1 apple

½ cup pitted dates

1 cups PICS old-fashioned rolled oats

½ cup PICS peanut butter

¼ cup almond meal

1/8 cup PICS honey

1 teaspoon Full Circle vanilla extract

1 teaspoon Full Circle organic cinnamon

 

Wash, peel and dice the apple.  Discard the core and seeds.

 

Place the dates in a mini food chopper or blender and chop.

 

Stir the oats, diced apple, peanut butter, chopped dates, almond meal, honey, vanilla extract and cinnamon together in a bowl.

 

Form the mixture into approximately 2-inch balls.

 

Place them on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or waxed paper.  Refrigerate for an hour. 

 

Store them in an airtight container for up to one week.

 

Peanut Allergy Alternatives:  Swap the peanut butter for WOW Butter® found in the allergy friendly aisle at your Price Chopper/Market 32 Supermarket.

 

Gluten Free:  Swap the old-fashioned rolled oats for gluten free oats.

Cinnamon Apple Pancake Sandwiches

Great breakfast filler that you can have made ahead of busy days.

 

2 apples

1 ¾ cups PICS unbleached flour

1 cup PICS milk

1 PICS egg

4 oz. PICS cinnamon applesauce

3 tablespoons PICS brown sugar

1 tablespoon PICS baking powder

1 teaspoon Full Circle vanilla extract

1 teaspoon Full Circle organic cinnamon

½ teaspoon sea salt

PICS nonstick cooking spray

PICS peanut butter

 

Wash, peel, core and dice one apple.

 

Whisk together the flour, milk, egg, applesauce, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon and sea salt together.  Fold in the diced apple.

 

Cook the pancake batter in a griddle-style pan coated with nonstick spray over medium heat until both sides are golden brown and the inside is fully cooked.

Wash, core and slice the additional apple.  Create a breakfast pancake sandwich with peanut butter and apple slices.

 

Time Saver:  Make the pancakes on a weekend.  Let them cool completely.  Wrap each one individually in parchment paper or waxed paper.  Place each individually wrapped pancake in a freezer bag or container.  Take them out and toast them on busy weekday mornings.

 

Gluten Free:  Swap the flour for gluten free 1 to 1 flour options.

 

Peanut Allergy Alternatives:  Swap the peanut butter for WOWButter® found in the allergy friendly aisle at your Price Chopper/Market 32 Supermarket.

 

Dairy Free:  Try making this recipe with either rice milk or almond milk.

Where is Jodie this month......

Look for me this month at the Back to School Expo at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, NY from 10am – 2pm.

The Kids Cooking Club is also visiting the following this month:

Wilton YMCA PreK Program, Wilton, NY

Saratoga YMCA PreK Program, Saratoga, NY

Boys and Girls Early Education Learning Program, Bristol, CT

If you would The Kids Cooking Club to visit your school or event please email me at jfitzcooking@yahoo.com

 

Stay tuned for October’s recipes.  We will be sharing Halloween Food Fun at the Price Chopper/Market 32 Kids Cooking Club.

Here’s to a tasty month ~ Jodie Fitz

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