Healthy Snacks for Kids

Healthy Snacks for Kids

Snacks for KidsThe new school year is fast approaching! Let’s get or kids ready to tackle the new school year with some delicious and healthy snacks!

 

 

 APPLE SANDWICHES WITH GRANOLA AND PEANUT BUTTER

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Your little ones will love helping you make these healthy snacks because it’s fun to spread the nut butter and sprinkle the chocolate chips. Wrap sandwiches tightly and pack them into lunchboxes, if you like.

Ingredients:

2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds

1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)

3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter

2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips

3 tablespoons granola

Instructions:

Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches. Transfer to napkins or plates and serve.

Tip:  If you won’t be eating these tasty treats right away, start by brushing the apples slices with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.

 

 

PB&J BITES

Snacks for KidsThese delicious and healthy snack bites are quick to make and easy to carry. They are great for an afternoon pick-me-up or grab-and-go breakfast. Experiment with your favorite nut butters, dried fruits and spices for added variety.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups rolled oats

1 1/4 cups dried currants

1/2 cup no-salt-added unsweetened peanut butter

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Instructions:

Place oats, currants, peanut butter, vanilla and cinnamon in a food processor and process until smooth and sticking together.

Drizzle in 2 to 3 tablespoons hot water so that the mixture comes into a ball.

Using a teaspoon, scoop out a heaping spoonful of the mixture.

Roll into a ball, pressing firmly so that it sticks together.

Chill bites until ready to serve.

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 week.

Different Recipe Variations:

1 1/4 cups rolled oats

1 1/4 cups chopped dried apricots

1/2 cup sunflower seed spread

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

1 1/4 cups rolled oats

1 1/4 cups dried juice-sweetened cherries

1/2 cup no-salt-added unsweetened almond butter

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

 

1 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1 1/4 cup dried currants

1/2 cup sunflower seed spread

1 tablespoon poppy seeds

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

 

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Snacks for KidsThese bite-sized healthy snack cookies are loaded with good-for-you ingredients and are easy to make with your little one.  Kids can measure, stir and roll cookies from start to finish. Experiment with other mix-ins like almonds, cashews or raisins.

Ingredients:

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats

1/2 cup finely ground walnuts

1/2 cup finely chopped dried apricots and/or dates

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Combine bananas, applesauce, oats, walnuts and apricots and/or dates in a large bowl until evenly blended.

Scoop out 1 heaping tablespoon and roll into a ball.

Place onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten slightly.

Repeat with remaining mixture.

Bake about 30 minutes or until lightly golden.

Cool on a wire rack.

Store cookies in an airtight container for up to one week.

To freeze, layer cookies between waxed paper and store in an airtight container for up to one month.

 

CHEWY COCONUT GRANOLA BARS

Snacks for KidsPerfect for breakfast on the go or a quick  and healthy snack, these delicious granola bars can be modified with any combination of nuts, seeds and dried fruit

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

1/4 cup oat flour*

1 cup dried fruit such as dried cranberries, raisins and/or chopped dried apricots

3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/3 cup honey

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with a long sheet of parchment paper, allowing for 2-inch overhang on each side.

 

Spread oats and coconut on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake until just golden brown, about 10 minutes and let cool slightly.

In a large bowl, stir together cooled toasted oats and coconut, dried fruit, walnuts and oat flour. In a small bowl, stir together applesauce, honey and vanilla until evenly blended.

Stir applesauce mixture into oat mixture until combined.

Spread mixture in the prepared baking pan, pressing down to compact.

Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool completely and cut into bars.

Store the bars in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Tip:

*If Oat flour is not available, you can make a quick batch by whirring quick cooking oats in a blender or food processor until powdery.

 

Dried Apple Slices

Snacks for KidsDried apples are great healthy snacks for after school or to toss in their lunchboxes.

 

Ingredients:

2 apples (Fuji, Gala or Honey crisp)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 225°F.

Slice apples as thinly as possible, about 1/8-inch or thinner (use a mandolin if you have one). Arrange slices in a single layer on 2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

Sprinkle with cinnamon if using.

Bake 1 1/2 hours; flip slices and continue baking 1 1/2 hours longer or until completely dry and crisp (they will not crisp more during cooling process)

Timing will vary depending on the moisture content of the apples and the thickness of the slices.

Let cool.

Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

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