It can be hard to find a balance when it comes to kids’ snacking. They want snacks that taste good, while you want them to eat healthy food that isn’t bogged down with preservatives. A great way to compromise is by making homemade snacks for your kids, rather than buying them in a store. You’re using nutritional and wholesome ingredients, and your children still get to munch on tasty (and often fun-shaped) foods. Check out these seven healthy, homemade snack recipes you can prepare at home.
1. Homemade Chocolate Teddy Grahams
No child can resist the cute-shaped, tasty treat known as Teddy Grahams. This Fork And Beans recipe lets you recreate the bear-shaped snacks using healthy ingredients, making it a treat you and your kids can look forward to having.
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- 2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- pinch of sea salt
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tablespoons solid coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup
- 2-3 tablespoons homemade non-dairy milk
Directions: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Cut in the coconut oil until small lumps form in the flour. Add the maple syrup and 2 tablespoons of non-dairy milk and mix until a dough forms. If it is too clumpy still add another tablespoon of non-dairy milk. You might have to use your hands at this point to ensure that that the dough fully forms without having to add more liquid than necessary.
If the dough is sticky at this point, place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill. Otherwise roll the dough out between two pieces of parchment paper until ⅛ -inch thick. Using a mini teddy bear cookie cutter, cut into shapes. Use two small pieces of dough from the leftovers to make the nose and belly (one smaller than the other), and gently but firmly press down into the dough. with a toothpick make circles for the eyes, nose, and belly button. Dust with coconut sugar and bake for 8 minutes. Allow to cool, so they firm up.