After-school chocolate snack cake -- yum!

With school back in session, my kids come home ravenous. I want them to have something that will hold them until dinner, but won't spoil their appetite. Of course, they want something delicious, too.

Instead of a stack of cookies or a bowl of ice cream, I developed a recipe for snack cake. It's made with cocoa powder and sprinkled with chocolate chips so it's packed with chocolaty goodness. But I also use applesauce instead of oil or butter and part whole wheat flour to up the fiber content -- one way to keep kids (and adults) full longer.

This recipe is so simple that kids can make it themselves with just a little help from adults for the actual baking part.

AFTER-SCHOOL CHOCOLATE SNACK CAKE
Makes 9 servings
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat the water, granulated sugar, brown sugar, applesauce, egg, and vanilla until smooth. In another bowl, combine all-purpose flour, wheat flour, cocoa powder, soda and salt.
Add dry ingredients to applesauce mixture. Stir just until blended.
Pour batter into 8-inch square baking pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake until center is just set, about 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool. Cut into squares.
PER SERVING: 194 calories; 4 g protein; 38 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 5 g fat (3 g saturated); 23 mg cholesterol; 217 mg sodium.