After School Snacks

Emma Sims

Often when students come home from school, the first thing they do is open their fridge or pantry. What usually serves as student’s after school snack? “I eat Cheez-its©” says Olivia Pyatak, a junior at Cosby. Sanjana Singh, another Cosby junior, cites her favorite snack as raisin bread, while sophomore Emma Jones says peanut butter crackers or a granola bar are her go-to foods. While it may be most convenient to grab a packaged snack, making homemade snacks are simpler than one may think. Below are two simple, quick recipes that students can make on their own, whether they want to satisfy their sweet tooth or choose a healthier option.

Chocolate Mug cake:

With just three ingredients, this single serve chocolate cake can be made in less than 3 minutes!


  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Cocoa powder

Mix together all ingredients in a standard sized mug until thoroughly combined, then microwave for 50-60 seconds. Let cool before eating.

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Granola Bars:

When looking for a healthy option for an after school snack these granola bars are simple and taste great! In addition, they have no added sugar and many variations can be made to mix up the flavors.

  • 2 mashed Bananas
  • 2 cups of old fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup of chopped, pitted dates
  • ¼ chopped pecans
  • Dash of salt (optional)

Combine all ingredients and placed in the oven on 350 for 25 minutes.

Add in ideas:

  • Vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • Substitute some of the oats for coconut
  • Chopped apples

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Photos Courtesy of Emma Sims