Bells Will Be Ringing

Do you hear that?
It's the sound of school bells and early alarm clocks.

My son started kindergarten last week and it has been a wonderful experience so far. He was so excited the first day he got up and was dressed before I got in his room in the morning.......let's see how long that lasts!
I have never been a morning person (and in general never really feel fully awake before 10am) so this early morning having to be at school on time every day thing is very new to me. Kindergarten is a whole new world compared to the relaxed schedule of the two day a week pre-school down the street that we are used to.

One of the things I'm most passionate about is what my kids eat
and being on a new (up before the sun comes up) schedule is really challenging the way I feed my kids breakfast. I no longer have a lot of time to cook something right before running out of the door but that doesn't mean that they can't get a great nutritional start to their day. Going from a half day program to a week long full day schedule is exhausting for little ones which makes it even more important that they get a great breakfast before that bell rings.

 I grabbed one of these containers from the Target dollar section to help with those mornings that we are running a little slower than normal and fill it with healthy delicious breakfast treats the kids can munch on in the car. One of the newest bars I made are a chocolate peanut butter banana protein bar. I filled it with some of the kids' favorite flavors and, once they were baked, wrapped them individually. All I need to do is grab them on the way out of the door!
Chocolate Banana Breakfast Bars
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate protein powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon Plus Spice Blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp flax seed

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350F.
    2. In a medium-sized bowl combine oats, flour, protein powder, cinnamon, and salt.
    3. In a separate bowl, combine mashed banana, almond butter, honey, and vanilla.
    4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well.
    5. Spread evenly onto a medium bar pan and bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges start to turn brown
    6. Allow to cool 10 minutes before slicing.
    7. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week or wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze.

    What are your favorite grab and go treats?



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