Fast & Furious Back to School Bites


This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.


Every year about a week before school starts I start baking like a mad woman. I bake at least 8 dozen muffins, 4 dozen pancakes, and 2 dozen waffles. I also whip up a couple batches of granola bars and energy bites. Why do I bake like this you ask? I’ve learned over the past 5 years of having kids in school that mornings don’t always go as planned. You spend 20 minutes looking for a shoe that the cat was laying on then you spend another 15 minutes explaining why cowboy boots and a princess dress up costume is not appropriate for school. Before you know it, it’s almost time for them to catch the bus.



This is where my mad woman baking comes in handy. I can just pop a frozen muffin in the microwave for 45 seconds and voila! a healthy breakfast. I’m going to share my favorite muffin recipe with you. These freeze well and are delicious! To freeze them just put them in a Ziploc freezer bag and lay flat in your freezer.



These Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins from Designed Decor are Divine!

It’s also nice to have a few freezer snacks available for after school snacks. The kids can do their homework or chores while their snack thaws out. I’m going to share my all time favorite energy bite recipe. These don’t give the kids “I’m going to scale the walls then run a marathon energy”  they’re just a healthy snack bite.

No Bake Energy Bites from Cooking Classy are my Favorites!

What are your  fast and furious snacks and breakfasts for busy school days?






  1. okay now, I think you are on to something there What a great idea – I had never thought to pre-make waffles and pancakes and freeze them – genius!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    What a great lunchbox snack. My boys would love these.

  3. Tamara says:

    I love good muffins! So do my kids.
    As for the muffins, YUM.
    We like to pre-make pancakes and put them in the fridge for the week. Or at least have the batter in the fridge, since whipping that up is the most time-consuming part of it all!

  4. I love using leftovers as an after school snack!
    Usually I will whip up an extra batch of pancakes to make breakfast time easier.

  5. Jeanine says:

    Yum. I love energy bites like these so delicious and make a great, quick snack!

  6. Jeannette says:

    Those no bake energy bites look amazing! With school starting here this week I need to start whipping up some snacks for my two very hungry boys!

  7. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Great idea to make breakfasts in advance. Definitely something I wish I had done!

  8. Debbie says:

    Now that is a back to school plan that will work great. I love it.

  9. Those muffins look amazing! I wouldn’t be able to freeze them because they’d be gone before they ever reached the freezer!

  10. What a really great idea. I love chocolate chip muffins and never thought to freeze any for quick breakfasts. Best tip of the week for me! Thanks!

  11. Lorane says:

    Those Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins sure look good! I like that you prepare in advance for those hectic mornings

  12. Liz Mays says:

    Oh energy bites would be a great snack. I love that you can whip a bunch of them and store them for when you need them! Those muffins sound great too!

  13. I’m definitely going to try making your No Bake Energy Bites! I love the idea of offering these for breakfast, for snack at school, and even as a big me up after school!

  14. Carol Bryant says:

    I love the idea of these muffins for snacks for the fall.

  15. Remind me not to look at your pictures while I am hungry. Now I am starving. Those muffins look so good. I would love to have some of them right now.

  16. Rosey says:

    45 seconds and voila sounds good to me. Sometimes you just need fast.

  17. Tatanisha says:

    What a great snack and perfect for back to school snacks. And even that last minute breakfast idea in the morning! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  18. Jacqueline says:

    You are the most organized person ever! I can barely find time to order food let alone precook a month’s worth of breakfast in advance! You are seriously amazing! Go you!

  19. LauraFunk says:

    We always have on the go breakfast and snack options ready as we are constantly just moving and rushing around during the school year.

  20. Raya says:

    This is a quick and easy snack not just for the kids, but for me myself. This is amazing!