6 Delicious Toddler Snacks
Are your children snackers like mine? Aside from their main meals, my boys snack an average of 2 to 3 times between meals. To ensure that they are not too full to eat proper meals, and to keep the junk level down, I frequently make our snacks from scratch. It sounds intimidating and time-consuming, but many of these are fairly easy and quick to make, and because you can make them in batches to store, it is super convenient for on-the-go snacking, too.
No-Bake Granola Bars
First on the list is this no-bake granola bar recipe I found a couple of years ago that has become a firm family favorite. It's also great for adults—I love eating this for breakfast with a Greek yogurt. It is really delicious, and it only takes 30 minutes to make.
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 2 cups quick rolled oats
- 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 1 cup dried cranberries (you could also mix and match other dried fruit, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, raisins, etc.)
- In a small sauce pan, mix honey and brown sugar. Cook over medium-high heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Stir constantly.
- Once the honey-sugar mixture is completely mixed and dissolved, remove from heat and quickly stir in peanut butter.
- Mix the oats and cereal in a large bowl.
- Pour honey-sugar-peanut butter mixture over dry ingredients and mix well.
- Stir in the dried cranberries(or your choice of “mix-ins”) and make sure the distribution is even.
- Press the mixture into a 9″ x 13″ pan that has been greased or lined with wax paper. Press the mixture down so that it is firmly packed.
- Let cool to firm up.
- Once the mixture is firm, cut into 24 square bars and store in an air-tight container. I find that keeping the container in the refrigerator helps the bar keep its shape.
Recipe adapted from Andrea Dekker
Need more ideas? Here are five other yummy snacks your toddler will surely enjoy.
I love baked goods that incorporate zucchini because it is a great way to get some vegetables in without the children even noticing. The zucchini is subtle, and the lemon flavor is just right. This is a really easy-to-bake loaf that the whole family will love. Check out NancyCreative's recipe for the Lemon-Zucchini Loaf.
You can make this great snack in a pinch! You do need to take the frozen puff pastry out the night before to thaw in the fridge, but all it takes is 10 minutes to sprinkle the cheese and twist them into straws. See the full Cheese Straws recipe at Make And Takes.
Smoothies are really great for toddlers because they are delicious and you can pack them full of vitamins and nutrition. You can try various combinations of fruit and vegetables, which is half the fun! I love this easy-to-make and very pretty looking Kale and Pineapple Smoothie. Get the full recipe at Set The Table.
The beauty of a delicious and healthy breakfast cake is that it can be eaten any time of the day as a snack. Throw in some blueberries, and you've got a toddler-friendly option. You can also try adding different types of berries, such as cut strawberries or blackberries, when they are in season. Here's the full recipe for the Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake at For The Love of Cooking.
When they are in season, grab some strawberries! These delicious berries are versatile and can be used in a variety of ways—in smoothies, yogurt popsicles, fruit kabobs, or even just eaten on their own. If you want to get a little creative, why not stuff them with cream cheese? Get the full recipe for Stuffed Strawberries at Holy Craft.
What are your toddler's favorite snacks?