The Queen of Snacks

It’s just 2 weeks out of the school year;  but, those weeks-marked in red on my calendar- loom like a visit to an oral surgeon who doesn’t believe in Novocaine.  What could possibly be that bad?  Snack week- that’s what.

When you are the Queen of Snacks, there is no royal kingdom, bejeweled crown, or minions to command.  No, you are simply responsible for  20 kindergarteners’ mid-morning nibbleys, their juice, their paper products, oh, and lettuce- lots of it- for the class turtle.  And, this isn’t just for one day; oh no, it’s a whole week, baby!  To make matters worse, you have to factor in all the kids’ allergies and pick snacks that won’t incite the wrath of the parents that are health nazis.  Oreo’s just don’t cut it.  “Could you bring in hand-made gluten-free crackers with organic cheese from your goat that you keep in the garage?” is more like it.  Grrrr….  And, if you have a child like mine, she wants a say in the snacks that “she” is bringing.  She doesn’t understand why lollipops are not appropriate, why chocolate chip cookies are a no-no.

So, what’s a mom to do?  A trip to the market is very unsatisfying: Goldfish- filled with unsaturated fats according to nazi mom…grapes-choking hazard…microwave popcorn-no microwave in the classroom…pretzels- okay, that’s one day down.   Now, you start thinking, “no one ever says no to a baked good…”  Here is one option that will please everyone-including you!  In fact, you have to be careful that it doesn’t disappear before it gets to the classroom!

Banana Bread– makes one large loaf

Preheat oven to 350.

Grease and flour a 9″x5″ pan.

Combine and set aside:

1 3/4 c. flour

1 1/3 c. sugar

1 t. baking soda

1/2 t. salt

In a large bowl of a mixer combine:

3 ripe bananas (you can store these in the fridge until you are ready to make the bread)

1/2 c. vegetable oil

1 t. vanilla

1/4 c plus 1 T buttermilk

2 large eggs

Add dry ingredients.  Blend well. 

OPTIONAL: Add 1 c. chopped pecans

Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes until loaf is golden brown and split open.



  1. Posted February 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Soooo funny Caroline. I actually AM SNACK MOM this week and, guess what I’m making tonight (at 10:45 am mind you): that’s right, BANNAN BREAD (cupcakes). All I can say is, great minds think alike (I started them before I read your blog, honest!)

  2. Raye
    Posted February 9, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love this one…..especially the part about the health Nazi’s! I would be inclined to throw in chocolate chips — just for spite!

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