Snack cake is a frequent visitor to our house after school. As you can see, it never stays for very long. I made this right before I left to pick up the kids and when we got home, most of it was gone in 3.2 seconds.
I find this is a good – and SUPER easy – filler for when we’re running out the door somewhere right after school. Big britches doesn’t love it, but he eats it. The No Fruit Guy of course scarfs it up – he would probably eat the whole pan if I let him. I always let them know that they have to have a fruit or veggie with it, listing the usual and customary options (bananas, apples, grapes, carrots). And of course, they jump for joy and clamor to the fridge pushing and shoving each other out of the way – a real fight to get there first. Yeah, no. They somehow always “forget” or “don’t have time.”
Of course, I know that I should “offer those things first” (said in the most irriating of imitating voices). Here’s the thing: when we have a quick turnaround in the afternoon, I don’t have the time or enough sanity to fight that battle. And they HAVE to eat. My children + starving = veeeeerrrrrrryyyyyyy U.G.L.Y. Which means that I then turn into that mom. And I do my best to keep her contained inside the walls of our house. You’re welcome.
This recipe was born from this recipe for Nut Butter Brownies that I found years ago. I modified it to make it a bit less expensive to make and to make it less nut heavy.
- ½ c almond butter
- ¼ c honey
- 2 eggs
- ¼ c butter, melted
- 1 T vanilla
- 1 c spelt (or ¾ c whole wheat or sprouted spelt)
- ½ tsp soda
- ¼ tsp powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks (or chocolate chips)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the almond butter, honey, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. Whisk until well blended.
- Add dry ingredients to bowl and mix well.
- Pour into greased 8x8 pan.
- Sprinkle chocolate chunks (or chips) on top. With a spatula or a spoon, gently press the chunks into the batter. (I find that this helps the chips from falling off.)
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Someday I’ll make this and they’ll run in, push it aside, to eat the giant plate of freshly sliced peppers that are also waiting on the counter.
Sigh. A girl can dream, can’t she?