When we serve snacks to our kids, it’s important to know what’s in them. As much as possible, avoid chemicals and preservatives, which are not good for them.
Instead of store-bought cookies, which are often full of preservatives and have very little nutritional value, try these homemade treats that are rich in vitamins and fiber. You also avoid artificial sweeteners and colors. Serve with organic milk, and you have a healthy, yummy treat.
CARROT, PINEAPPLE AND RAISINS MINI MUFFINS
This snack has fruits that are rich in Vitamin C, and carrots for beta-carotene (which converts to Vitamin A).
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Baking Time: 15-20 Minutes
Servings: 24 Mini Muffins
- 2 cups of flour (you can use organic flour)
- 2 1/2 cups of shredded carrots
- 1 can pineapple tidbits
- 1 cup of raisins
- 1 cup of vegetable oil
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups brown sugar
- Preheat oven 250°F
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat eggs, add sugar and vegetable oil.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda. Sift together.
- Add the bowl of dry ingredients to the wet mixture and blend well.
- Add the shredded carrots, pineapple tidbits, and raisins.
- Pour the batter into paper-lined muffin cups and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
Let it cool and serve with a glass of milk!
OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES
Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15-30 Minutes
Servings: 12-16 cookies
Don’t have an oven? This is a no-bake cookie recipe that’s packed with nutrients. Oatmeal is high in fiber. Nuts are considered “brain food” because they are rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and magnesium. Honey contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Since I use honey to bind the mixture, I can skip the butter. The natural sweetness of honey paired with dried fruit lets me use less sugar, too.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 10 to 15 pieces of tangerine or 1 cup tangerine juice
- Tangerine zest
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- A handful of dried cranberries or raisins
- Chopped nuts like almonds or macadamia (optional) depending on what you prefer
- Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper, and set aside for later use.
- Place the rolled oats in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the dried fruits (cranberry or raisins) to the rolled oats then set aside.
- Pour 1 cup of tangerine juice in a medium-sized saucepan and cook over medium heat.
- Add the honey into the saucepan, and lower the heat.
- Add the dry ingredients into the liquid mixture and blend them well. Turn off the fire.
- Form the mixture into small balls and place on the lined pan.
- Press the balls into a cookie shape.
- When it cools down, refrigerate it for 15 to 30 minutes
Serve it during snack time with a glass of milk. For sure your kids will love this crunchy, gooey, and fruity snack.
These are just some of the easy snacks you can bake at home. They may take more time and effort to prepare, but the nutrition (and flavor!) are worth it. What are some of your favorite recipes? Share them in the comments section.
About The Writer
Lhourdes Mercadero is a food, parenting and lifestyle blogger based in the Philippins. A happy, contented mother and wife, she spends a lot of time in the kitchen experimenting on new recipes, and finding new ways to make dishes more appealing. When not in the kitchen, she spends her “me time” making product reviews, sharing her experiences with fellow moms in the community, playing with her kids, and enjoying life to the fullest.
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