3 Healthy Snacks that Kids will actually eat

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Jumbo Banana Muffins

 

Ingredients

75g/3oz melted butter

250g/9oz self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

pinch of salt

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

115g/4oz caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 large, ripe bananas

2 medium eggs

125ml/4fl oz milk

10 walnut kernels (optional)

Method

1 Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Melt the butter and allow to cool. Mash the bananas well. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a large bowl, add caster sugar and stir through.

 

2 With a fork, beat together the eggs, vanilla extract, melted butter and milk in a second bowl. Add the mashed banana and stir through.

 

3 Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and add the egg mixture, stirring roughly with a fork (don’t over mix) until it is a lumpy paste.

 

4 Set paper cases into the moulds, or grease the moulds well with a little extra oil or butter and spoon in the mixture until almost full. Top each one with a walnut kernel if you like.

 

5 Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the muffins come away from the side of the pan when touched. Rest the muffin tray on a wire rack for five minutes then remove the muffins and leave on the rack for another five minutes before serving.

 

6 Serve the muffins with sliced banana and a dollop of creme fraiche, scattered with walnuts and drizzled with honey (or with Caramel yoghurt).

Recipe originally from bbc.co.uk/food

Strawberry Fruit Leather   

Kids love fruit roll-ups, and yes, there are some great brands out there made with fruit, you save a lot by making them yourself. These are just guidelines here, you’ll have to experiment a bit as timing, oven type, and strawberry quality all have to be taken into consideration.
Makes 8 long strips.

3 cups washed and stemmed strawberries

1 tablespoon honey

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 250°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2 Place the strawberries and honey in a blender and puree until smooth.

3 Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet and spread it into a large rectangle with the back of a spoon or spatula (my rectangle was 11 x 15 inches), making sure that the mixture is spread completely even.

4 Bake for 2 to 3 hours, until the fruit leather is dry and not sticky to the touch. Remember, cooking times will vary depending on how thick you spread your mixture and how much water (juice) is naturally in the fruit. Also, every oven is different, so the cooking time may be less than 2 hours if your oven tends to be hot.

5 Allow the fruit leather to sit and cool to room temperature. It takes several hours for the fruit to soften up; when you first take the leather out of the oven the edges will be a bit dry and crisp, but if you allow it to sit overnight it softens up nicely. I like to roll it up and place it in a covered container.

6 Use a knife, pizza cutter, or kitchen shears to cut the fruit leather into 8 long strips, keeping the paper on the back. Roll the leather into “roll-ups.”

7 The fruit leather will keep for at least a month in a covered container.

Recipe originally featured on goop.com

 

Homemade Granola Bars

 

Completely healthy and totally easy to make, this treat makes for a great breakfast, after-school or midday snack. MAKES 4-6

 

Ingredients

1⅓ cups quick-cooking (not instant) rolled oats, divided

 

pinch each of fine salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground ginger

1 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped (or any combination of roughly chopped dried fruit and/or nuts)

¼ cup flax seeds

¼ cup canola oil

¼ cup high quality maple syrup

2 tablespoons brown rice syrup

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 8” square baking pan with parchment paper, letting a bit of excess paper hang over the sides.

2 Grind ⅓ cup of the oats in a food processor until powdery. Add them to a large mixing bowl with the remaining oats, the salt and spices, flax seeds, and apricots.

3 In a smaller bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients and then stir them into the dry ingredients.

4 Put the mixture in the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a rubber spatula. Bake for ½ hour, or until evenly browned.

5 Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes.

6 Remove to a cutting board (the parchment paper will act as a sort-of sling, making this very easy). Cut into individual granola bars

Recipe originally featured on goop.com



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