12 Easy and Healthy Indian Snacks for Kids


Children can be a fussy lot, especially when it concerns food matters. Nutrition is the last thing on their mind as all they want is a tasty snack after a long and tiring day at school. It is your responsibility as a parent to ensure that no junk food makes it to your child’s plate. It is important they eat right just before they head out for their evening games, all fuelled up.

You may often struggle between health and taste when it comes to snacks for children and often taste wins the battle. If you want to your child interested and love the snacks you make for them, it is necessary to create snacks that are tasty and fun. You could use these healthy snacks to smartly hide the veggies and pulses your child would normally hate to eat.

Quick and Nutritious Snacks for Children & Their Recipes

Check out these healthy Indian snacks for kids, so you do not have to scour the internet for the right snack for your child:

1. Ragi Cookies

These cookies are packed with Calcium that is needed for strong bones and teeth in growing children. The goodness of ragi and cane sugar make it the perfect mid-meal snack. It is low in fat, and 100 grams of ragi contains about 330 Kcal of energy in them.

Ragi Cookies

  • Recipe:

Mix 1 cup of ragi flour and a ½ tablespoon of cardamom powder in a pan and roast the mixture for a minute or two. Add a whisked egg, a ½ tablespoon salt and 2 pinches of dry ginger to the ragi and cardamom mix. Add a ½ cup of rice bran oil and mix it well till it turns into a dark dough. Make round balls from the dough, flatten them and place them on a flat dish covered with butter paper. Pre-heat your oven and bake the cookies for 8 minutes at 180 degrees C.

2. Whole Grain Crackers

This snack contains whole grain wheat flour which is packed with carbohydrates and fibre. This aids digestion and supplies enough energy to children to power them through the day. Flax seeds (one tablespoon) are enriched with 2 grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids, phytochemicals and dietary fibre.

Whole Grain Crackers

  • Recipe:

Take ½ a cup of whole wheat flour, mix 1½ tablespoons of oil to it and knead it. Alongside, mix ½ a cup ground oats, 2 tablespoons flax seeds, 4 tablespoons of white sesame seeds and 1 tablespoon red chilli flakes and grind them into a dry mix. Add this to the dough and then roll it. Using a cookie cutter, make round shapes and lay them out on a flat dish. Pre-heat the oven and bake this dough for 20 minutes at 180 degrees C. It is best to store these crackers in an air-tight container and serve them when needed.

3. Almond Granola Bar

This delicious and healthy snack contains white oats which provide 71% carbohydrates, 16% protein and 11% fibre to make it a nutritious combination. Wheat contains important B vitamins like thiamine, folate and vitamin B6 and minerals like manganese, zinc and magnesium.

Almond Granola Bar

  • Recipe:

Take a deep vessel and boil water in it. Add 225 grams of jaggery and 150 ml of honey to it. In a pan, roast 225 grams of white oats, 90 grams of dry coconut, 200 grams of almonds, 25 grams sesame seeds and 25 grams of multigrain seeds. To the jaggery and honey mix, add 200 grams melted butter, 5 grams baking powder, 100 grams apricot and 100 grams raisin, along with the roasted mix. Lay out a silver foil in a shallow tray and spread the mix. Bake it for 30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius and cut into pieces when it cools down.

4. Steam Dhokla

This traditional snack is packed with carbohydrates, fats and proteins, along with the goodness of magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. Besan flour is higher in protein content. One and a half cup of besan contains 10 grams of proteins, 178 calories and 3 grams of total fat.

Steam Dhokla

  • Recipe:

In a bowl, mix 1 cup besan (gram flour), salt to taste, 1 tablespoon sugar, turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon citric acid. Add water accordingly to create a medium thick batter. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of fruit salt or baking powder in a glass and add it to the dhokla mix. Pour the mix into a steaming tin after you have greased it with some butter and steam it for 20 minutes. For the tadka, add 1 tablespoon oil, mustard seeds, 8 curry leaves and 1 dried red chilly in a pan. Pour this mix over the dhokla and cut it into pieces.

5. Steam Chinese Cabbage Parcels

Chicken can squash hunger and boost metabolism quickly since it is full of proteins, sodium and fat, while cabbage is a great source of Vitamin B6, C and K.

Chinese Cabbage Parcels

  • Recipe:

Take ¼ kg of chicken mince and marinate it well for a minimum of 4-5 hours using the following ingredients: 1 egg white, 2 tablespoons of chopped spring onions, carrots, and mushrooms, chili garlic paste, soya sauce, 1 tablespoon sesame oil & soya sauce and chopped ginger. Add castor sugar, ginger juice and black pepper to it along with salt to taste. Place the cabbage leaves on the plate and put a tablespoon of minced chicken at its centre and then tie it up which the stem of spring onion. Use a steamer to steam it for 20 minutes and serve with the sauces your children love.

6. Oats Idli

These healthy idlis are low in carbohydrates and calories due to the  oats and carrots in them. These are ideal for health-conscious parents who want to keep obesity away from their kids.

Oats Idli

  • Recipe:

Dry roast 2 cups of oats on a tawa till they turn brownish and then grate them into a powder. Take ½ a tablespoon of oil in a pan, add 1 tablespoon of mustard seeds & udad dal powder, and a ½ table spoon of chana dal powder and allow it to cook. Add carrots, coriander and chili to the mix along with turmeric powder and fry for a minute or two. Add this mixture along with a ½ litre of curd to the oats powder to make a batter. Add curd to make it consistent as per the need. Steam it for 15 minutes and then serve it with the chutney of your choice.

7. Oat Apple Crumble

One serving of oats contains 66% carbohydrates, 17% proteins and 11 % fibre thus making it a well-balance nutritional composition. Apples are high in fibre and contain polyphenols which act as antioxidants.

Oat Apple Crumble

  • Recipe:

You will need four large apples, thinly sliced. Put them in a bowl and add juice from two lemons, along with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder, grated lemon zest and a pinch of nutmeg. Mix it well and leave it for 30 minutes. In the meanwhile, make the oat mix with 1 cup of oats, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder. In a baking pan, spread a little oat mix at the base, add the apples and pour the rest of the oat mix over it. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and then bake it for 40 minutes at 190 degrees C till the crumble turns brown.

8. Savoury Corn Tarts

Instead of using maida shells, this recipe uses gluten free maize flour. Corn contains fibre which aids in proper digestion of food in children. One large ear of corn carries about 123 calories, 5 grams of protein and 27 grams of carbohydrates making it a perfect meal for growing children.

Corn Tarts

  • Recipe:

Take a bowl and pour into it 1 cup Makki atta/ corn meal, ½ a teaspoon of thyme, ½ teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of sugar into it. Add 1 cup shredded cheese and mix it well with the flour. Break an egg and 1 tablespoon of oil to create a dough. Put this dough into moulds and freeze it for 10 minutes. Then bake it in the oven till it turns golden brown. For the filling, add ½ a cup of mushrooms, spinach leaves and ½ a cup of boiled corn to hot oil. Add salt, pepper and thyme. Shut the gas stove and add cheese, cream and 1 egg. Pour this mixture into the tarts you made, add some grated cheese and bake it for 20 minutes.

9. Dates and Cashew Laddoos

This is an energy boosting snack. Dates contain Vitamin B6, copper and magnesium which is great for healing functions, while cashew contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These are one of the best evening snacks for toddlers.

Dates & Cashew Laddoos

  • Recipe:

Soak one cup of deseeded dates in water for an hour and then drain the water to dry them off. Blend 1 cup of cashew nuts and ½ a cup of grated coconut in the mixer before adding the dates, salt and coconut oil and blending it once again. Once the sticky mixture is formed, form small balls and place them on a baking tray. Refrigerate the mix for an hour before serving it to the kids.

10. Herbed Potatoes

This quick snack contains potatoes which are low in calories and are a great source of Vitamin C and B6, manganese and phosphorus. The goodness of honey and garlic and other herbs are a bonus. Honey consists of vitamin B6, thiamine, pantothenic and riboflavin.

Herbed Potatoes

  • Recipe:

Take two large potatoes, wash them and slice them into thin pieces. Put them in a bowl and add the following ingredients to it: 1 Tablespoon olive oil, four garlic cloves minced, 5-6 minced basil leaves, chiliflakes, oregano, 2 Tablespoon of honey and salt. Mix the potatoes around till the potatoes are coated and then put them on the baking tray. Bake them at 200 degrees C for about 10-15 minutes and serve hot. Due to the simplicity and gorgeous taste, they rank amongst the most delicious homemade snacks.

11. Surti Jowar Wada

Jowar is a part of the millet family and is the major ingredient of this gluten free snack for kids. It is great for enhancing the protein and fibre content in the body the tasty way. One cup of jowar contains about 12 grams of dietary fibre, which is about 48% of our body’s daily need of fibre.


  • Recipe:

You need the following ingredients to make this snack: 1 cup of Jowar, ½ a cup of besan (gram flour), chopped ginger, 4 cloves of chopped garlic, 1 cup of curd, salt, turmeric, red chili and sesame seeds. Mix these items in a bowl and add water to create a sticky batter. Coat the pan with oil and heat it. Drop the batter into the pan and cook both sides till they are brown. Serve with sauce or chutney and watch your kids reach out for more.

12. Mixed Vegetable Sandwich

This is an all-time favourite snack for kids and mothers alike due to the simple ingredients and great taste. Green vegetables like carrot, cucumber, cabbage and lettuce are full of beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, Vitamins C, A & K.

Mixed Vegetable Sandwich

  • Recipe:

This recipe takes around 15-20 minutes of time to prepare and is simple and quick too. Take two bread slices (Whole wheat or Brown bread, if you want to make it healthier) and spread butter or mayonnaise on one slice and sauce on the other. Slice one carrot, cucumber, tomato, some cabbage and lettuce and spread it evenly on the bread slices. Lay a cheese slice or shredded cheese on the veggies and place the other bread slice over it. Heat the sandwich toaster and place the sandwich over it and toast till the bread turns golden brown in colour. Cut the sandwich into two and serve with tomato sauce and sweet-sour chutney.

Snacking is an essential part of growing up and a lot of our memories are centred around it as kids. Children are bundles of energy and need healthy snacks to get over the hunger pangs. Parents should remember that snacks should never replace regular meals and therefore, it is important to regulate and monitor the kind of snacks your child eats during the day.

Also Read: Calcium Rich Foods for Kids