Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: Quick Cheap Treats

With two little girls running around the house (plus multiple other kids coming and going on a daily basis), trying to meet a budget, running this blog, teaching classes, homeschooling, etc. money and time are at a premium so I am always looking for quick, cheap snacks for the kids.

I shared a few of those cheap treats a few weeks ago, like microwave popcorn in a brown paper sack, homemade chex mix and pudding pops. Well here are two more to add to that list: chocolate banana bites, and DIY Energy bites!

**Now I did find these recipes online, but the versions you see here are my take on the recipe. A link is provided to the original.

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites original recipe from (never home) maker
2- bananas (firmer bananas hold together better)
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/3 c. peanut butter

Melt the chocolate chips and the peanut butter in 20 second intervals in the microwave; making sure to stir after each session. Peel and cut the bananas into 1/2-1 inch discs. Dip in chocolate lay on wax paper and pop them in the freezer until firm.  Place in resealable bag or container and store in the freezer for a quick, cool treat.

DIY Energy Bites from Food Doodles
1/2 c. peanut butter or other nut butter (I used a 50/50 mix of peanut butter and nutella)
1/3 c. honey
1 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. shredded coconut
2 tsp. vanilla

Mix the nut butters, vanilla and honey together. You may need to put it in the microwave for about 10 seconds to soften it up and make it easier to stir. Add in all other ingredients; pop in the fridge for about an hour. Roll into balls; store in a resealable container in the fridge.

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