When the kids go to bed, I generally use that time to make something for the next day. I may throw the ingredients in the breadmaker for toast the next morning, I may make muffins or coffee cake. I may soak the dried beans for the next night's meal. I find that if I steal away even 20 minutes of time before I lounge on the couch and watch my favorite shows, I can get a lot accomplished for the next day's meals.
Last night I made my favorite coconut-chai coffee cake. It is low-fat and vegan. I doubled the recipe so we could eat some for breakfast, take some for a playdate and still have some left for more snacking. Turned out delicious! Love the fact that the kids don't fight me over breakfast foods! The recipe for this easy coffee cake can be found right here.
My preschooler is in charge of snack tomorrow and when I asked him what he wanted to bring, his answer was simple: Cereal Bars. I make these every week and they are SO easy. My friend Heather and I have been playing with the recipe (from another friend!) to decrease the sugar and fat and I think we have it pretty well figured out. Here is the recipe:
Banana Oat Cereal Bars
(makes 8-10 bars or 16-20 squares)
2 c. oats
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. wheat germ
3/4 t. cinnamon
1 c. flour (white, wheat, combination, whatever)
3/4 t. salt
1/4 c. agave nectar
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4. c. apple sauce
2 t. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix and spread into greased 9 x 11 dish. Cook for 25-30 minutes. Cut immediately but let cool in pan. Transfer to a covered container so they stay nice and moist. Try not to eat all of them in one sitting. :)
This isn't a great pic, but here you go anyway.
I hope you all go and have a wonderful night. I'm off to watch my shows. :)