Friday, October 18, 2019

Healthy School Night Snacks For Your Kids

Weeknights can be crazy when it comes to feeding your kids and our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks understand that. With all of the after school extracurricular activities, your kids likely have going on this year, it can be tempting to just run through a drive-through and get your kids something to eat because it's convenient but that's not always the healthiest option. Our Mid-Missouri health clinics are here to share a few healthy school night snack recipes we found online with you in this week's blog. Your child's health is important. To book an appointment with a Pediatrician at the Lake of the Ozarks you can count on, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today. All phone numbers and clinic locations can be found on our website at


No Bake Granola Bars Recipe

2/3 cup Coconut Oil
2/3 cup Coconut Butter
2/3 cup Honey
2 1/2 cups Certified Gluten Free Oats
1/3 cup Chocolate Chips, Optional

Line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the coconut oil, coconut butter and honey. Whisk until combined and stir in the oats.
Press the oat mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly over the bottom. Refrigerate until hardened, about two hours. When the granola is set, use the parchment paper to lift the granola bars from the pan. Slice into 20 bars.
If using the chocolate, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave according to package directions. Drizzle or pipe the chocolate over the bars and refrigerate until set.
Store bars in the refrigerator.


Homemade Baked Banana Chips Recipe

10 ripe, but firm bananas, thinly sliced
freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon is plenty)

Preheat oven to 200F.
Cover a sheet pan with foil and lightly grease with cooking spray.
Toss the bananas in lemon juice.
Arrange the bananas in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 2 hours, flip the slices with a metal spatula, and continue to bake for 1.5 hours longer, or until desired crispness.
Remove from oven and transfer the chips to a wire rack.
Cool completely. The longer they cool, the crunchier they will get.
Store in an airtight container.


Clean Eating Banana Blueberry Cookies
Makes About 15 Breakfast Cookies

2 ripe bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1-1/2 cups of gluten free oats
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 cup of fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350.
Peel and mash the bananas in a large bowl. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, flax, and walnuts and stir. Combine the oats and oil, and then gently fold in the blueberries.
Place a silpat or parchment paper on a baking sheet and scoop about a 1/4 cup of batter down for each cookie. Gently press down to flatten slightly. Place in oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack and then put in tupperware container in the fridge for up to a week. Heat before serving.

Cereal Trail Mix


2 C Cheerios
1 C peanuts* (or almonds)
1 C dried cranberries
1 C banana chips
1/2 C mini chocolate chips (I used dairy free)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and store in an air-tight container up to 2 weeks.

All of us here at our health clinics in Central Missouri hope you enjoyed ready about these healthy school night snack recipes for your kids. Again, your child's health is important! You should be able to trust your Pediatrician immensely. For a Pediatrician at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can count on, call Central Ozarks Medical Center today!

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