3 quick after-school snacks


Credit: Hanna Malco/The Foothill Dragon Press

Hanna Malco

Mug of my Dreams
If you’re looking for an after school pick-me-up, try this quick chocolate cake in a cup.

Credit: Hanna Malco/The Foothill Dragon Press
The Tiny Fruit Pie is a sweet snack for any occasion. Credit: Hanna Malco/The Foothill Dragon Press

8 oz. butter
8 oz. dark chocolate, chopped
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup flour
4 eggs
1 tsp. sea salt
whipped cream

Makes four servings, divide ingredients by four for a single serving.

1. Microwave butter and chocolate in a glass bowl for one minute. Stir until melted.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, eggs, and sea salt. Then whisk in the chocolate mixture. Divide along four 10 oz. mugs. Don’t worry, it’s okay if it looks soupy.

3.Microwave mugs for 3 minutes on high. Let cool for 30 seconds before topping with whipped cream. And don’t freak out if you look in the microwave and see the cake towering over the mug, it will be fine.


Tiny Fruit Pie
And I’m not talkin’ π.

1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. dark brown sugar
2 tbsp. quick oats
1 tbsp. flour
⅛ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 apple or peach, peeled and sliced
Whipped cream

Makes one serving.

1. Microwave butter in a bowl for 10 seconds or until soft.

2.Stir in sugar, oats, flour, and cinnamon, then set aside.

3.Put fruit slices slices in a microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle in oat mixture. It’s okay, the mixture will be sticky.

4. Microwave, uncovered, for 2 ½ minutes or until fruit is tender. Serve with whipped cream.

The Chocolate Banana Smoothie is rich and will satisfy any need for chocolate.  Credit: Hanna Malco/The Foothill Dragon Press

Chocolate Banana Smoothie
A rich refreshment only five minutes away after a hard school day.

1 banana
1 cup milk
1 cup crushed ice
1 tbsp. chocolate syrup

Makes 1 serving.

1. Combine banana, ice, chocolate syrup, and milk; blend until smooth, serve.
If you would like more of a chocolatey taste, try adding another tablespoon.


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