This past Sunday I was scheduled to bring treats to church. I usually end up bringing donuts when it is my turn. However, I am also the Sunday School teacher and I see firsthand what effects donuts have on my students. (I also do a lot of the post-church clean up, and donuts can be messy!)
Saturday brought us what I hope is our last blizzard of this season, so I was not even able to run to the store for easy snacks. I had to turn to baking. In my kitchen. By myself.
Thankfully I have a tried and true resource to turn to when baking–The Meal Makeover Moms! I was introduced to Janice Newell Bissex and Liz Weiss several years ago shortly after their first book, The Moms’ Guide to Meal Makeoverswas released. I was looking for ways to improve our family’s nutritional bottom line without having to go to extremes or hiding food in brownie batter. I became a very regular listener to their podcast and I was super excited when they announced that they were working on a second cookbook, in which every recipe would be tested by moms, like me. The new cookbook, No Whine with Dinner was released late last year, and I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve cooked so far. The ingredients are easy to find, are healthful, and most of all, very kid friendly. There is also a list of 50 moms’ secrets to getting picky eaters to try new foods. (I’m tip number 19!)
Since I hate to bake, it is surprising that I enjoy baking many of the recipes found in No Whine with Dinner. The trick for me is the fact that the recipes are easy! As a matter of fact, I don’t even have to pull my mixer out. . .which makes dishwashing a snap!
So, back to Sunday. I made a big pan of Chocolaty Pumpkin Bars and two Raspberry Breakfast Cakes. I knew that the raspberry cakes would be tasty, as I’ve made them before. However, the pumpkin bars were a new recipe for me, and some of my Sunday School students can smell health food a mile away. . .
I should never have feared. The bars were gone in a snap, and I even caught one of my own sons piling three at a time on his plate. The breakfast cake was a hit with the women. When I told them that it was not only tasty but really quite healthy as well, they demanded the recipe. So here you go!
I think this would be a great cake to make for a Mother’s Day breakfast. I’m guessing that if I can bake it, most older children can as well!
Chime in! What is your go-to treat to bring to events? Is it easy, quick, or healthy? You know I’d love to hear from you!