Here are 5 quick and easy, yet healthy, snacks for kids!
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Does your child love fries, but as a parent you don’t quite love the unhealthy nature of them? Baked sweet potato fries are the perfect, healthy alternative to many other varieties of fries, especially those of fast food chains and frozen food departments.
Quick and easy sweet potato fries recipe
- 2 pounds of sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons of chili powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons of kosher salt
- While preheating the oven to 425 °F, cut the potatoes in halves, and cut each half into in wide wedges.
- Combine the other ingredients in a separate bowl, and one by one, place the potato sections in the mixture.
- Lay them flesh side down in the oven, and in 20 – 25 minutes, this easy snack is ready to cool, salt, and eat.
- You can also add some cinnamon and/or black pepper to taste.
- Serve with or without ketchup based on your preferences.
Oatmeal Treat Cakes
Everyone loves oatmeal cookies, but the sugar content isn’t always the best. Why not try oatmeal treat cakes instead. They provide for a sweet, filling snack that will have children asking for more. These make a wonderful breakfast for days when the children need to hurry off to school as well, and will fill help your child feel full until lunchtime.
Oatmeal treat cakes recipe
- ½ cup of butter kept at room temperature
- ½ cup of shortening
- ¼ cup of white sugar
- 3 tablespoons of boiling water
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- ¾ cup of flour (all purpose)
- ¾ cup of flour (whole wheat)
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats. (Pulse these for only a couple of seconds in a blender or processor)
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- Cream the butter, the shortening, and the sugars together.
- Move the boiled water into a cup, and mix in baking soda, butter, shortening, and sugar mix you stirred earlier.
- Mix well with a blender, add everything else, and roll the whole thing out onto a well-floured surface.
- After cutting them into adorable shapes and placing them in the oven for seven minutes at 300 °F, you’ll have healthy snacks everyone will love.
Orange Cranberry Muffins
Easier than cakes, cookies, or pies, and healthier than blueberry, chocolate, or sugar muffins, orange cranberry muffins are a sweet, savory, healthy snack for your child. Add them to lunches or give them as after dinner snacks, these will have your children grabbing for more.
Orange cranberry muffins recipe
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 1 orange, separated into at least 4 sections
- ½ cup orange juice
- ¼ cup of vegetable oil
- 1 large egg
- 1 ½ cups of flour
- ¾ cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup of chopped, dried cranberries
- After preheating the oven to 375 °F, coat a regular muffin tray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Blend the orange wedges, orange juice, oil, and the egg until smooth.
- Next, begin whisking the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
- Add the blended orange liquid into a well in the center of the bowl.
- Stir and add the cranberries.
- Fill muffin tins (or liners) about three-fourths full with the muffin mixture.
- The muffins will be ready in no more than 20-25 minutes.
Parmesan Cheese Straws
Another easy alternative to both bread sticks and fries are these Parmesan cheese straws. Easy to make and easy to eat, these bundles of taste are yummy, transportable, and fun for everyone!
Parmesan cheese straws recipe
- Sprinkle of flour
- One 8.5 oz. defrosted puff pastry sheet
- 1 egg yolk (beaten with 1 tablespoon of water)
- 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Preheat an oven to 400 °F, cover two baking sheets with parchment paper and set it aside.
- On a floured surface, unroll the puff pastry, flour one side, and roll it into a 12-inch square.
- Brush this with egg mixture.
- Then, sprinkle cheese and paprika over the puff, and press the toppings gently but firmly into it.
- After slicing it into 24 half-inch strips and twisting each, all you need to do is place them on the trays, and fit them in the oven for 18 minutes.
- Remove, let cool, and enjoy!
Chocolate Banana Sandwiches
Does your child love chocolate? Frozen bananas? Looking for a fun way to mix them and keep things healthy, while also keeping everything edible? These chocolate banana sandwiches are a recipe to save and savor, making everyone’s favorite lists.
Chocolate banana sandwiches recipe
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 banana, thinly sliced
- 1 hearty handful of chocolate chips
- 2 flour tortillas
- (Optional) powdered sugar for dusting
- This is an easy recipe, needing little more than melting the butter, arranging the bananas and chocolate chips on the tortillas, and cooking.
- Brown each side, remove, add some powdered sugar, and these great snacks are finished and ready to eat!
There you have it. Five quick, easy, and relatively healthy snacks for your kids!