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As a mom to a 4-year-old, I’ve struggled a lot with evening snacks. Thank God that she is not a fussy eater but my problem is a bit different. My little girl and husband always want a variety of snacks. Both of them are foodies and I get tired of fulfilling their demands, but I found my way out of this problem by talking to my friends and family and making a list. I have tried all these recipes, you can try them too. I am happy to share my snacks recipes for kids/toddlers or your family.
1. Frozen Banana Popsicles
Freeze two bananas for about 6 hours. Cut them into halves and insert the popsicle stick while they’re soft and then freeze them again. Get your peanut butter ready. Any brand is fine but if you’re particular about making it healthy then use organic homemade peanut butter (make sure it is made only with peanuts, coconut sugar, and olive oil. You can have some coloured vermicelli sprinklers, ready too. Dip the frozen popsicle in the peanut butter then in the sprinklers and freeze this again for 15 minutes. Serve cold. Alternatively, you can blend the frozen banana and pure cocoa powder to make banana chocolate ice cream in cups.
2. Puffed Rice and Jaggery Bars
Heat some olive oil in a wok and add a cup of jaggery powder to it. Let it melt and keep stirring. You can add a pinch of cardamom powder, too. Add some puffed rice and mix well. Make sure there is enough jaggery to make the mix sticky. While the mixture is hot, set it in a tray and leave aside for half an hour. Once it hardens, cut with a knife into bars.
3. Cucumber Sub
This is a good ‘no carb’ snack. Peel the cucumber while leaving some skin on it. Cut into half vertically and remove the seeds portion. Keep it on a paper towel for half an hour to get rid of the cucumber water. Fill the cucumber subs with either chicken (made in white sauce and spring onions) or some cooked paneer/tofu or a sausage as per your preference. Eat it like a sub!
4. Dates and Nuts Laddoos
Blend together seedless dates, soaked almonds, walnuts, a pinch of cardamom powder, and a pinch of cinnamon powder. You can also add other nuts of your choice like raisins, cashews, and pistachios. Make a small ball out of the blended mix and roll them into a bowl of desiccated coconut. Your energy balls are ready!
5. Biscuit Bruschetta
Chop tomatoes, garlic, and chillies (optional) and mix them in a bowl. Add some oregano and olive oil to this and mix well. Lay out some salted biscuits on a plate and top them with the tomato mixture. Sprinkle some grated cheese on it. Your bruschetta is ready!
6. Corn Bhel
Boil some corn and mix finely chopped chillies, tomatoes and cilantro to it. Put in a bowl and top it with some lime juice and sev. Your bowl of corn bhel is ready.
7. Cheese Toast
Toast some slices of multigrain bread. You can cut it in halves. Place a slice of cheese over a slice of toasted breast and sprinkle some oregano or chilli flakes on it. You can cover it with another slice if you like.
8. Biscuit Sandwich
Layer digestive biscuits with healthy peanut butter or almond butter. Place another biscuit over it and your sandwich is good to go.
9. Roasted Makhana
Roast some makhana in a pan and add some cheese or just plain salt and pepper. Give it to your kids. They will love it!
10. Canapes with Various Fillings
Bake the canapés in an oven for 5 minutes until they become crisp (I use the DIP canapés). You can add scrambled paneer mixed with finely chopped red capsicum to it. Add boiled corn and chilli. Add some cheese if you like. If you prefer non-veg then use shredded chicken instead of scrambled paneer.
Try these delicious snacks recipes and give it your kids. They will never say no to these snacks. Happy snacking!
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