This delicious after-school study snack recipe for Banana Bran Muffins is inspired by the Big Fat Notebook series and brought to you in partnership with @WorkmanPub. All thoughts are my own; affiliate links are used to link to the books on Amazon.
We’re more than a month deep into the new school year, and I think we’re pretty nicely settled into our school-year routines. I’m still not used to not having any kids in elementary school, but so far the kids are all thriving where they are, so I can’t complain.
Before the kids headed back to school this year, I introduced you to an invaluable resource for middle school students – The Big Fat Notebooks (I’ve got TWO kids in middle school this year, so I’m a good judge of middle school resources!).
I’m also a good judge of middle school appetites. Holy cow, do these kids come home hungry! I’ve learned that I’d better have some decent snacks available for them when they get home from school in the afternoon or else they’ll end up making themselves dinner at 4pm (I’m not exaggerating. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve caught the kids making themselves a mini dinner right an hour before we’re supposed to eat dinner as a family).
If you’re a parent of a middle school student, you get the struggle. Before I get to the recipe for the perfect study-time snack, let me remind you about the Big Fat Notebooks >>
About the Books in the Big Fat Notebooks Series for #MiddleSchool Students
The Big Fat Notebook series is built on a unique concept – borrowing the class notes from the smartest kid in class. Inside each book, you’ll find key concepts from each of the main subjects middle school students study – Math, Science, American History, English Language Arts, and World History. These books are engaging to look through and are fun to read just for the heck of it. But they’re also full of helpful resources that middle school students can refer back to again and again throughout the year.
Everything You Need to Ace Math . . . covers everything to get you over any math hump: fractions, decimals, and how to multiply and divide them; ratios, proportions, and percentages; geometry; statistics and probability; expressions and equations; and the coordinate plane and functions.
Everything You Need to Ace Science . . . takes readers from scientific investigation and the engineering design process to the Periodic Table; forces and motion; forms of energy; outer space and the solar system; to earth sciences, biology, body systems, ecology, and more.
Everything You Need to Ace American History . . . covers Native Americans to the war in Iraq. There are units on Colonial America; the Revolutionary War and the founding of a new nation; Jefferson and the expansion west; the Civil War and Reconstruction; and all of the notable events of the 20th century—World Wars, the Depression, the Civil Rights movement, and much more.
Everything You Need to Ace World History . . . kicks off with the Paleolithic Era and transports the reader to ancient civilizations—in Egypt, Greece, India, China, Africa, Rome; the middle ages across the world; the Renaissance; the age of exploration and colonialization, revolution and imperialism, and the modern world and the wars and movements that shaped it.
Everything You Need to Ace English Language Arts . . . covers everything to get you your best marks: grammar, including parts of speech, active and passive verbs, Greek and Latin roots and affixes; nuances in word meanings; textual analysis, authorship, structure, and other skills for reading fiction and nonfiction; and writing arguments, informative texts, and narratives.
Banana Bran Muffins
I got this simple recipe for banana bran muffins from my sister, and I modified the process to make them the easiest, quickest from-scratch muffins you’ll ever make. Just throw everything in the blender, blend it all up, and pour into muffin cups! They are the perfect after-school snack (or grab-and-go breakfast, for that matter!) and they are always a hit.
- 1 cup All-Bran cereal
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 medium bananas
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Heat oven to 400°F. Line muffin cups with paper liners.
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Divide batter equally between 12 muffin cups.
- Bake 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. Cool and enjoy!
- These muffins freeze well.
BONUS: Free Helpful Printables
Enjoy these totally free printables that go along with the Big Fat Notebook series. Click an image to see the full sized image. Enjoy!
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