Snack Ideas for Kids: 3 Recipes
Snack time! Feeding kids seems like a never-ending chore. Meal-snack-meal-snack-snack-meal-snack-bed and repeat…
Keep snacks simple, and think of offering two food groups. Here are a few simple ideas for you if you’ve run out of snack ideas:
Balanced Snack Ideas
1) Peanut butter on crackers
2) Boiled egg and fruit
3) Berries and yogurt
4) Fruit smoothie
5) Veggies and hummus dip
6) Energy balls with nuts and fruit (see recipe below)
Below I’ll share some of my favourite snack recipes. Of course, if you have the patience, I’ll encourage you to get your kids to help. Mom’s mental sanity always comes first!
Prune Energy Balls
- 3/4 cup almonds or walnuts or a mixture
- 1 cup prunes dates could work too
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp smooth nut butter
- coconut oil to blend
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- Place nuts in a bowl of a food processor with a knife blade and blitz for 10 seconds.
- Add prunes, chia, cocoa and nut butter and blend until smooth.
- Add a small amount of coconut oil, a few drops at a time, until the mixture is sticky, and holds its shape when you roll a small amount between your fingers.
- Take a tablespoon (15mL) of the mixture and roll into a ball. Continue creating balls until the mixture is all gone.
- Place the coconut onto a small plate and roll balls into the coconut, to coat.
- Place balls in an air-tight container in the fridge. They will keep for up to a week.
- 2.25 cup quick oats
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut unsweetened
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp salt
- 1.75 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1.25 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
- 3/4 cup canola oil
- 1 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Line two baking trays with parchment paper or silipads.
- Combine dry ingredients: from oats to raisins.
- Combine wet ingredients: from water to milk.
- Stir dry and wet together until just combined.
- Portion cookie dough into the desired size and gently flatten.
- Bake for 24 minutes (will depend on size of cookie) or until lightly browned.
Oatmeal Apricot Bran Muffins
- 1/2 cup wheat bran
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/3 cup wheat germ
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup milk with 1 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1 cup chopped dried apricots
- preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- In a small bowl, stir together wheat bran and boiling water; set aside.
- In a med bowl, whisk together brown sugar, egg, buttermilk and oil until blended. Pour over flour mixture, along with bran mixture, and stir until just combined. Fold in apricots.
- Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake in the oven preheated to 375 oven for 16-18 mins or until done.
And one more snack recipe for you!
Jennifer House is a Registered Dietitian, author & mom of 3. From Baby-led weaning to picky eating and meal planning, she helps you to make feeding your family easier
Founder of First Step Nutrition | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Jen believes raising happy, well-nourished eaters who have a healthy relationship with food doesn't have to be a battle! She is an author and speaker with 18 years of experience specializing in family nutrition and helps parents teach their kids to try new foods without yelling, tricking, or bribing.