We switched to daylight-saving time on the weekend.
I love daylight-saving time, there is something about it being light until after dinner that just says ‘summer’ and I really can’t wait till summer is actually here. What I don’t love is the first few days back to school after we put those clocks forward and hour.
The mornings are not great, but we power through and get to school without too much trauma, but the afternoons? They are hell on wheels!
Tired, cranky, out of whack kids, who all want to go outside to play, but who can’t seem to stop whining or fighting with each other long enough to get out there.
The only solution? Feed them something, and fast!
This week I am tacking the afternoon crash with some sweet yoghurt dip, and some apple and cinnamon muesli sticks.
Making some sweet dip out of plain Greek yoghurt is my secret weapon for the after school crankies.
It gets some protein into my kids without them even realising it! It’s super easy to make and you can add kinds of things to dip in it – fruit, biscuits, unsalted crackers, cereal (like mini wheats or wheat bix) or our easy muesli sticks. It will fill them up and give them enough fuel to get through till dinner (hopefully).
With a dash of vanilla and a few sprinkles on the top just for fun, you don’t even have to add any actual sweetener to the yougurt, it’s sweet enough when combined with the fruit of muesli dippers, but you can add a tiny amount of honey or maple syrup if you like.
Here’s how to make the sweet Greek yoghurt dip:
Here’s how to make the apple and cinnamon muesli sticks:
- 2 cup quick cook oats
- 1 cup of rice bubbles of any puffed grain cereal
- 60gms butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of honey, golden syrup or any other sugar syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup sultanas
- 1/4 cup dried apples, chopped
- Line and lightly butter a 20x30cm loaf tin.
- Chopped the dried apple into small pieces and combine the oats, cereal, apple, sultanas and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- In a small saucepan combine the butter, honey, and sugar and stir over a medium heat until the butter has melted and the sugar dissolved.
- When the mixture starts to bubble and boil cook for a further 2 minutes, stirring now and then to make a syrup.
- Take the syrup off the heat after two minutes and immediately pour it over your dry ingredients, stirring well to make sure all dry ingredients are well coated.
- Spread the mixture into your tin/dish and push it down very firmly with the back of a metal spoon. Run the back of the spoon over the surface of the mixture for a minute or two, making sure it is all well pushed down into the dish.
- Pop it in the fridge for 30 minutes or until completely cool, then lift out and cut into sticks for dipping.
Please note: this recipe uses Australian measurements and temperatures, if you need to convert measurements or temperatures you can find our printable cooking conversion chart here.
You can also add other flavours to this easy sweet yoghurt dip. Try swirling through some smashed berries, or some cooked apple sauce or apricots, or a dollop of peanut butter!
How do your kids manage the daylight-savings time change?
Have you got a secret after school snack weapon?
Or maybe you are better and planning for the change than I am and it all goes smoothly?
I’d love to hear how you manage it! Leave a comment below :)