Our tasty Snack Attack series continues with celebrity chefs sharing their favorite after-school snacks that won't spoil kids' dinner appetites. Today's recipes come from Westside Market NYC's chef Maria Zoitas.
The postschool snack is more than just some food to fill kids until dinnertime. Maria Zoitas, the creator of creator of "Maria’s Homemade" line of prepared food sold exclusively at Westside Market NYC, knows that the snacks are a necessity. She says, "After-school snacks are the perfect pick-me-up and are great for a boost of energy after a long day of classes."
That's why she fills her treats with fruits, vegetables, and nuts to pack kids full of nutrients — even if they don't realize they're getting them. Her recipe for banana bread with pecans "is one of my favorite recipes as the sweetness of the bananas matches perfectly with the crunch of the pecans, allowing for a delicious treat," while her pumpkin mousse "is a light, tasty snack and it reminds me of the Fall season."
Keep reading for Maria's tasty recipes!
2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups heavy cream (for whipped cream)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ripe bananas
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 sticks melted unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
2 teaspoons confectionery sugar
15 oz. pumpkin puree (Libby's)
1 oz. sugar-free, fat-free vanilla
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon ginger
1 cup crumbled ginger cookie
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups heavy cream (for whipped cream)