Looking for something quick and simple to make as a snack or meal? Check out these easy to make recipes that are a hit with our Providers!

Baked Bananas

2 cups bananas, peeled and halved lengthwise

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp. margarine, melted

2 Tbsp. firmly packed brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange bananas in 1 layer in a greased 9 x 9x 2 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and brush with margarine; sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake uncovered for about

15 minutes, turning the bananas once about half-way through the cooking.

Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: One serving is (1/2 cup) fruit
Credit: Family Service CACFP, Lincoln, NE


Apple Oat Squares

2 cups oatmeal, quick or old fashioned

1 1/2 cups enriched flour

3/4 cup melted margarine

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 1/3 cups applesauce

1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (optional)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. Combine all ingredients except applesauce and nuts. Mix until crumbly; reserve 1 cup of the mixture. Press remaining mixture in bottom of greased pan. Bake 15 minutes; cool slightly about 10 minutes. Spread applesauce over partially baked crust and sprinkle with nuts. Top with reserved mixture and bake 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan. Cut into 2 inch squares.

Yield: 24 servings
Serving Size: One 2 x 2 inch square is a grain/ bread for a 3 – 5 year old at snack.
Counts as one of the two dessert items allowed at snack each week.
Credit: NNCC Recipes for Kids


Pita Pizzas


3 (4-inch) whole wheat pita breads

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/2 tsp. minced garlic

1 (15.5 oz.) can great northern beans, drained reserving ¼ cup liquid

2 tsp. dried basil leaves

1/2 cup diced tomato, seeded

1/2 cup sliced green pepper

1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Cut pita breads around the edge in half. Place in ungreased jelly roll pan.

Bake uncovered about 5 minutes or just until crisp.

Cook onion and garlic in reserved bean liquid in 10-inch skillet over medium heat about 5 minutes.

Stir in beans, heat through. Mash bean mixture with a spoon or potato masher, stir in basil. Divide bean mixture evenly over each pita half; top with tomato, bell pepper and 2 tablespoons cheese. Return to oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: One pita pizza is a meat (1.5 oz.), one (1/8 cup) vegetable and a grain/bread for a 3 – 5 year old at lunch/supper.
Credit: Adapted from Betty Crocker, #67