Pumpkin Bread on the Move
What with school, extra-curricular activities, and homework, kids need sustenance to help them power through. And parents need something easy they can grab for the kids and go.
Enter pumpkin bread. It's packed with beta carotene, easy for little hands to hold onto, and--best of all--has a relatively low mess probability (one solid piece doesn't require utensils, and isn't quite as prone to crumbs as a crunchier snack).
Ways to serve it up:
- Bake a loaf fresh for the week, then slice as you go.
- Bake several loaves and freeze, pulling them out as needed. (Muffins and quick breads can be frozen for up to 3 months.)
- Slice loaves and freeze servings individually (wrap each in cellophane, then in a resealable plastic bag). Kids can grab one from the freezer in the morning for a snack if they are going straight from school to an after-school activity.
Try these recipes:
Keep in mind the jack-o'-lantern pumpkins are mainly for show, and it's the smaller sugar pumpkins you'll want to use if you're baking from scratch.
If you're after convenience, the canned variety works just great, but make sure you get the kind without the spices already mixed in.
For more information about baking with fresh pumpkin, read our advice article: