Written by Delia Claudette Dumpangol
Edited by Vadim Audy
After School Sweet Snacks
Often, we come back home from a long school day feeling exhausted and hungry, but it can be even more tiring having to whip up an after-school lunch. These fast and easy-to-make sweet treats will battle your after-school cravings and require very little effort!
Brownie In A Mug
This recipe is really easy to make and doesn’t take longer than 5 minutes to prep and cook. The only appliance you’ll need to use in this recipe is your trusty microwave!
This recipe is suitable for a 12 oz / 350ml mug
Dry ingredients :
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 3 tablespoons of all purpose flour
- 1 ½ tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa flour
- Pinch of salt
Wet ingredients :
- 1 ½ tablespoons of vegetable oil/ melted butter
- 3 tablespoons of milk
- ¼ teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips (or add more!)
- Optional : Vanilla ice cream or whipping cream
- Place dry ingredients (sugar, flour, cocoa powder and salt) in a mug. Use a small whisk or fork, and stir until combined, and free of lumps.
- Stir in chocolate chips. Add wet ingredients (oil, milk and vanilla) . Stir with a spoon or small rubber spatula until just combined (try not to over mix it!)
- Sprinkle a few additional chocolate chips over the top and cook in the microwave for about 90 seconds (microwave times may vary).
- Serve immediately with toppings such ice cream, whipped cream, powdered sugar, berries or just enjoy it on its own!
3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
The great thing about 3-ingredient recipes is that they often include ingredients you already have in your pantry! This recipe yields up to 25 cookies – more than enough to snack on after school.
- 1 cup / 240g of peanut butter
- ½ cup / 100g of sugar
- 1 egg
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC).
- In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, sugar, and egg.
- Scoop out a spoonful of dough and roll it into a ball. Place the cookie balls onto a nonstick baking sheet.
- For extra decoration and to make them cook more evenly, flatten the cookie balls by pressing a fork down on top of them, then press it down again at a 90º angle to make a criss-cross pattern (refer to image)
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the bottom of the cookies are golden brown.
- Remove from the baking sheet and allow them to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites
This recipe yields about 30 banana bites so you can make this ahead of time and let it sit in the freezer for you to enjoy next time!
- 3 bananas, ripe
- ⅓ cup of peanut butter (or almond butter)
- ½ cup of dark chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons of coconut oil
- Peel and slice bananas into 1/4 inch thick slices
- Line a platter or small baking sheet with parchment paper. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of peanut butter on a banana slice and top with another banana slice to make a little banana peanut butter sandwich. Keep doing this until all banana slices are used.
- Place bites on two parchment lined platters or plates (so it doesn’t get stuck!) and place in the freezer to harden for about 1 hour.
- Once banana bites have been in the freezer for over an hour, melt your chocolate by adding chocolate and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, stir and microwave in additional 30 second increments until chocolate is completely melted.
- Once chocolate is melted, dip each frozen banana bite into the melted chocolate so that half of each bite is coated.
- Place chocolate covered bites back on the parchment lined platter. Place back in the freezer to harden up in the freezer for around 15 minutes.
- At this point you’re ready to enjoy or you can transfer the bites into a freezer safe storage container for later.
- They should last at least 1-2 months in the freezer in a sealed container
- When you store the banana bites for a longer period of time, they can get pretty hard so you’ll want to take them out of the freezer and let them thaw for about 5 minutes before eating.