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It's back to school time in much of the United States, and that means that many of us have to change up our schedules. Gone are the days of lazy meals and grabbing a snack from the pantry at any random time. Now those oh so fun late night dinners must cease and desist. Your kids - and you, by default - must now try to wiggle back into routine meal and snack times.

Let's talk snacks.

One of my own children's favorite snacks is the ubiquitous cookie. There's not usually much to recommend in a cookie, though - other than, of course, deliciousness. I've toyed with different cookie recipes, trying to decrease the sugar and increase the protein and I've found very little success. It just seems that there's really no way to make a cookie good for you.

But the no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookie is an anomaly. Do you remember it? Melt 1 stick of  butter with 4 T cocoa, 2 cups of sugar and 1/2 cup of milk. When it boils, stir in 3 cups oats and 1 cup of peanut butter and drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper - once cooled, they are a handful of yumminess that make for a decent snack, especially if you have a glass of milk alongside.

Yes. I know that they have butter AND sugar - but I've done some experimenting and I've successfully reduced the amount of sugar and added additional peanut butter - and I didn't say that they were super healthy - just sort of healthy. Don't forget to use the parchment paper - I've been out of it and tried dropping the hot mixture onto a plate, and the results weren't anything good.The parchment paper works like a dream, allowing the cookies to cool and solidify without any stickiness issues that ruin the looks of a good cookie.

If you have a peanut butter allergy to contend with, I've made these with both soy butter and sun butter. They look exactly the same, but this substitution means that your child can take them to a peanut free lunch table.

Do you have a favorite after school cookie snack that is a healthy choice?

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by on Aug. 29, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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imdana1122
by on Sep. 7, 2012 at 11:09 AM

We have celery sticks w/ peanut butter & V-8 fusion to drink.  My boys are teens so I'm lucky they do eat healthy when there's so much crap being offered at school. 

kaylynnedj9
by New Member on Sep. 8, 2012 at 2:39 AM

 Fruit dipped in nutella, healthier version of fondue!

Joy-lucky
by New Member on Sep. 8, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I'd love to find out more about how to prepare milkshakes with veggies. My husband and I juice and we've tried to get the kids to partake but they don't want anything to do with juice from the juicer. A milkshake with veggies might get their attention though!

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