3 easy and portable kids snack recipes
We have three good reasons to pass by the snack food aisle at the grocery store: expense, health and fussy habits. Skip the store-bought and opt for making your own easy and portable kids snacks.
Whether you’re packing snacks for a road trip, or you’re sending the kids off to day camp, the DIY approach is the way to go.
The best thing about the home-made treats it that they can often be “customized” to please your child.
A few suggestions for kids on the move from allrecipes.com:
No-bake power balls:
This simple recipe creates a snack that’s even easier to pack than a power bar. And they’ll satisfy the kids’ craving for sweets.
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup chocolate chips
½ cup ground flax seed
½ cup crunchy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients (adjust if you’d like) and roll into 24 balls.
- Place the treats on a cookie sheet or flat surface and freeze for an hour to set. These can be stored in the freezer.
Homemade fruit tarts:
You can make these a bit healthier by using no-sugar-added jam.
15-ounce package of refrigerated pie dough
¼ cup strawberry or other jam
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon vanilla
Decorating sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll out the crusts, working the dough to square the edges. Cut each crust into eight rectangles.
- Spread 2 teaspoons of jam onto eight of the rectangles. Top with the other rectangles and crimp the edges with a fork.
- Bake until tarts are brown, around 12 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
- Combine sugar, vanilla and milk to make frosting. Spread on tarts and sprinkle with decorative sugar.
Guilt-free snack mix:
4 cups corn cereal squares
1 cup dried mixed fruit
¼ cup yogurt covered raisins
1/3 cup chopped mixed nuts
2/3 cup banana chips
- Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.