10 more Back to School Snack ideas AND a Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Loaf! Chocolate and Pumpkin together forever!
I’ve got some really great snack ideas this round for you! When Fall officially hits and you need some snacks to last all week, look no further.
I’ve got the Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Loaf teamed up with pears. Now I know a lot of kids won’t eat brown fruits like apples or pears, but I’ve always packed them and my kids always eat them. I don’t make a big deal about it, so they don’t either.
I’ve got a cheese stick (so original, I know), BUT it is paired with Martin’s Apple Chips. Apple chips are a great way to healthy way to enjoy a “chip”! I’m a huge fan of cheese and apples together so this pairing is one I’ve been sneaking and snacking on myself. Martin’s Apple Chips are grown here in Canada on a family run farm. It’s a feel good story too.
Give juice boxes for school snack or lunch? I always buy Kiju Organic Juice boxes with no added sugar. I had major issues with juice boxes and allergies when I was a child and I rest easy knowing my kids get juice with no added sugars, preservatives, or flavours. Kiu’s Mango Orange flavour is a household favourite.
I paired Kiju Organic Juice with a Peach and Raspberry Mini Buckwheat Muffin. The recipe for these Mini Muffins can be found here, and they are freezer-friendly meaning you can pull them out once per week to last you a couple of months! I swapped out the blueberries for the peaches and raspberries given the fruit season.
Back with my Windset Farms vegetable love. Colour sliced mini peppers deliver a ton of Vitamin C (way more than an orange) and Vitamin A, not to mention the B Vitamins and fibre. And since tiny hands like mini vegetables, these sustainably grown greenhouse vegetables make an appearance all year round. And unlike other conventionally grown bell peppers, Windset Farms controls their pests naturally so pesticides are less of a concern.
Nuts are obviously a huge no for schools which can make trail mix a bit more difficult. A great way to incorporate snacks higher in iron and other minerals and vitamins is through seeds. Sunflower seeds are excellent sources of plant-based iron and magnesium. Mixed with pumpkin seeds and banana chips for a fun play on a nut-free trail mix.
We LOVE this last pairing. Rice crackers smeared with (or dipped in) cream cheese and topped with cucumber slices. Healthy and freaking yummy. We enjoyed this for lunch multiple times over the past couple of weeks and my 4 yr olds got a kick out of practicing their (kid-friendly) knife skills. I used mini cucumbers from Windset Farms so it’s easier for their small fingers to handle.
I love this Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Loaf. I made it a lot last school year for its cozy Fall feels, but also because my picky eater won’t touch a carrot or a sweet potato for the life of her so I introduced pumpkin. A lot of it.
Yields 1 loaf cake, about 8-10 slices
Chocolate and Pumpkin together at last!! Easy and delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Swirl Loaf!
10 minPrep Time
50 minCook Time
1 hrTotal Time
- 1 can (398 ml) pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut or Vegetable Oil
- 2 eggs
- 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 tbsp milk or water
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350° F and grease a 9"x5" loaf pan.
- In large bowl combine pumpkin puree, brown sugar, oil, and eggs. Whisk until well combined.
- To the same bowl, add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix until well combined.
- In a medium bowl combine cocoa with milk (or water).
- Remove about a third of the pumpkin batter (eyeballing/guessing is fine) and place in in the medium bowl with the cocoa mixture. Mix together.
- Add the cinnamon and nutmeg to the pumpkin puree (in the large bowl).
- Place pumpkin batter into the prepared loaf pan and top with chocolate mixture. Using a butter knife or a chop stick, swirl batter until chocolate mixture curves through the pumpkin mixture.
- Bake for 50-65 minutes or until a toothpick or knife comes out of the loaf clean.
- Cool for 15-20 minutes in the pan and remove to fully cool on a rack.