I'm Lindsay Ferrier, a Nashville writer with a passion for family travel, exploring Tennessee, and raising kids without losing my mind in the process. This is where I share my discoveries, along with occasional deep thoughts, pop culture tangents and a sprinkling of snark. Want to get in touch? Use the CONTACT form at the top of the page.
September 21, 2011
I’ve been scouring the web lately for healthy ideas for my kids’ lunchboxes. And I’ve been coming up empty. Kudos to you if bell peppers in the shape of a face is all it takes to get your kids to eat them. My kids are, uh, smarter than that. They won’t eat it UNLESS IT TASTES GOOD. And frankly, I’m not seeing a whole bunch of healthy snack ideas for kids that meet that criterion.
Fortunately, I have this ancient, out-of-print book called the Penny Whistle Lunchbox Book, with recipes that both the kids and I have LOVED. Here’s one for Applesauce Nut Bread. It’s loaded with good stuff and my whole family LOVES it.
-Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Spray one 9 x 5 loaf pan with cooking spray (I really love PAM Baking Spray) or one 12-cup muffin tin.
-In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in Granola, nuts, raisins and wheat germ.
-In another bowl, mix together applesauce, egg and oil. Add to the flour mixture and stir until all ingredients are combined.
-Pour into loaf pan or muffin tin. Bake one hour for bread or 35 minutes for muffins– or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
-Cool bread in the pan for 30 minutes. Let cool before serving.
-This bread is dense enough to cut fairly thinly and spread either with cream cheese (recommended in the book) or peanut butter (my preference). It’s also great on its own. I’ve been packing it in lunchboxes with peanut butter and serving it for breakfast after heating a slice in the microwave for 15 seconds.
Adapted from The Penny Whistle Lunch Box Book