When back-to-school time rolls around, it seems that what’s on most everyone’s mind is making sure kids have all the right back to school supplies, helping kids get up and out the door on time, and planning time at night for homework and rest. But what about that moment when your school-ager walks in the door and says, “Can I have a snack?” Be prepared with one of these delicious, organic treats!

Veggies and Homemade Ranch Dip

All kids love dipping, but if you’re not crazy about all the additives in that store-bought dressing, try a batch of homemade.

Ingredients:

1. Cut up organic carrots, celery, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, cauliflower, or other vegetables.
2. Homemade Ranch Dressing (makes about 2 1/2 cups of dressing):

1 cup light organic sour cream (or use plain Greek yogurt)
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
cold buttermilk
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/2 cup chopped chives
1 clove garlic
salt and coarse ground black pepper
Optional: garlic powder, tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, chopped dill, barbecue sauce

To make:

1. On a cutting board, smash a whole garlic clove. Sprinkle garlic with about 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt. With a fork, smash the salt into the garlic, creating a paste.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together sour cream, mayonnaise, parsley, chives, and garlic. Add salt and pepper. Drizzle in buttermilk until you’ve reached a desired consistency. I added about 1/2 to 3/4 cup but you may add as much as you’d like.
3. Add any additional ingredients like tabasco sauce, garlic powder, and dill.
4. Place dressing in an airtight container and allow to rest in the fridge for at least 4 hours before serving. The flavors need to rest and meld before serving. Serve cold, and add more buttermilk if you find that the dressing is too thick. Dressing lasts up to 1 week in an airtight container in the fridge.

Recipe from: http://joythebaker.com/2012/05/homemade-ranch-dressing/

 

There’s nothing like cookies and milk as the perfect after school snack. However, most kids could do without the sugar and butter in traditional cookies, or the preservatives in store bought. Try a wholesome and healthy cookie recipe that still brings back that comforting feel!

Whole Wheat & Vegan Organic Oatmeal Cookies

What you will need:

1 1/2 organic bananas
1/2 organic apple
1 cup organic whole wheat flourOrganic After School
1 cup organic vegan carob chips
3/4 cup organic oatmeal
1/2 cup organic brown sugar
2 tsp organic vanilla or almond extract
1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
dash of salt

Step 1: Add the bananas, apple and vanilla extract to a blender and blend well.
Step 2: Add all of the dry ingredients to the banana-apple mixture and mix well.
Step 3: Scoop large tablespoon-sized dollops of the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Step 4: Remove the cookies from the cookie sheet to cool. Then, enjoy with organic almond milk.

Recipe from: http://www.inhabitots.com/how-to-bake-simple-vegan-organic-whole-wheat-oatmeal-cookies