My boys are like eating machines lately. They pack huge lunches, but still come home from school ravenous, searching through the cupboards for something good to fill their tummies. They don’t mind snacking on fresh fruits and vegetables, but they really love baked goods like granola bars, cookies, muffins, and snack cake.
I don’t have much time during the week to bake them homemade snacks, but on the weekend I’ll try to make at least one homemade thing for them to pack in their lunches or eat after school. Sometimes I’ll make a double batch so I can freeze some to enjoy later. This snack cake is a great choice for baking and freezing.
Made with pumpkin puree, bits of fresh apple and ground flax seed, this cake is healthy enough to be called a snack rather than a dessert. It’s like one big muffin cut into squares. You could probably use the batter in muffin tins if you prefer, but I just find it easier to pour it all out into one pan. It takes a little longer to bake that way, but at least it’s less work for me.
The kids were very happy about this snack and eagerly claimed squares to pack in their lunch for the next day. It’s a nice snack for grown-ups, too, and goes really well with a cup of coffee.
But I think it was Ayla who enjoyed it most of all…
She could not get enough of it! It was so cute watching her stuff her face.
What snacks do you like to make for hungry kids?