I love something salty paired with something sweet, chocolate covered pretzels do just that. They are also easy to customize to the holiday. With these ones I choose tree shaped pretzels and added red and green sprinkles, the festive colors make them all the more appealing!
My daughter loves pretzels plain and decorated so I knew she would have fun helping me with these. She was in charge with the sprinkles, some got a little HEAVY sprinkled but that’s what makes it more fun. I love, love, love having her help me in the kitchen and I can’t wait until my new little lady is old enough to come help us in the kitchen! Let the holiday excitement begin!!!!
These chocolate dipped pretzels had a festive touch to any holiday. FrenchToasty.com has lots of holiday recipes and ideas.
1 packet white chocolate chips
6 cups pretzels (any shape you want)
sprinkles in color of your choice
Melt white chocolate chips in microwave. 1st for 1 minute and then 30 second intervals after that until completely smooth.
Dip pretzels in chocolate and then lay on a parchment lined sheet. Or lay on a cooling rack with a cookie sheet underneath. Sprinkle with sprinkles and let air dry. Store in airtight container in a cool place.
Happy Halloween! Everyone knows that candy corn is a traditional Halloween treat, but who says that it has to be the sugary candy from the store? Your kids get enough sugar so give them something healthy but still SUPER exciting! My daughter was so excited to eat this, and so was my husband they are both huge fans of mango.
Take whatever fruit you prefer and shape a candy corn. I used peaches, mango and banana. But you could add oranges, tangerines, pineapple or even peeled apples.
This one I used mangos and bananas topped with whip cream!
It was my turn to host my daughters play group and I wanted to make a snack that was nutritious but also delicious. When I decided on granola bars I knew they would be a huge hit. And a hit they were, I had a few parents ask me for the recipe so I knew I better hurry up and post this so they could all have it at their fingertips. I even had one little girl ask me if she could take one home in the car with her, of course I love to share my baked goodies so I told her immedietly yes. I would also like to experiment with adding other items instead of raisins; such as chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, craisins…the options are endless. So next time I’ll ask my daughter what she wants me to add and I’ll go with that.
These are not only for little ones, my husband enjoyed them as a snack in his lunch for a few days. Everyone likes a mid morning snack and these make for the perfect answer. These would also be good set out when you have friends over because they can be prepared the day before.
This healthy kid friendly snack is great for the whole family. Homemade granola bars are the best, you know all the ingredients and are very tasty. FrenchToasty.com has lots of healthy kid friendly snacks.
1 egg white
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (crunchy peanut butter will result in a more crumbly bar)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups old fashioned oats (do not use instant or steel cut)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick, melted)
1/2 cup raisins (golden or regular)
I've done 1/4c almond butter & 1/4c peanut butter or all peanut butter, both ways are equally as delicious.
Make sure to cut while warm, otherwise once cooled it makes it more difficult.
Let cool completely before eating, otherwise they may be too crumbly.
You can omit the raisins and add other goodies: chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, m&m's, mini marshmallows, craisins.... the options are endless.
Line an 8x11 baking pan with parchment paper. (you could use a 9x13 for thinner bars) Make sure the paper hangs over the sides a little for easy removal. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Put 1/2 cup of the oatmeal in a food processor and ground until fine. Pour this in with the remaining oatmeal and cinnamon in a bowl. (if you don't have a food processor you can skip this step)
In the bowl of a mixer or by hand with a wire whisk, beat the egg whites until frothy. Then beat in the honey, then peanut butter. Now add the oat mixture, and pour the melted butter over the top. Stir until well combined. Add the raisins and give a quick stir to make sure they are incorporated throughout.
Spread your mixture over the bottom of the parchment lined baking dish in an even layer.
Bake for 25 minutes, until nicely golden brown on top. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Use a sharp knife and cut into bars (12-16, or into small squares 24-36) Return to oven and lower the temperature to 300 degrees F and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Remove and let cool completely before eating.
I thought Popsicle sounded so good the other day (even though is was 40 degrees and raining) but I thought I’m making some anyway. Sure glad I did because they turned out delicious. My daughter had a blast helping scoop the ingredients into the Popsicle molds. She is so cute when I tell her I’m about to use the blender because she knows that it is loud and she covers her ears or goes into the living room and covers her ears in there. Kids seriously do the funniest things and make experiences so much more interesting and memorable. I love it!
These Popsicle taste like delicious fruit and yogurt on a stick and I’m sure they will cool you down on a hot summer day. I used small Popsicle molds so my recipe made 16 small but I think if you had normal size molds this recipe would make 8, Enjoy!
Homemade fruit roll-ups at home have never been simpler. Only a couple ingredients, a blender, an oven and a few hours of patience and you have a healthy snack for your little one, or in my case husband and little one. Some may say this is time consuming but you are creating a healthy alternative to store bought preservative packed fruit leather.
Some may think that fruit leather is a weird sounding name, but that is what it technically is called but if that’s the case call them fruit roll-ups. Either way you will enjoy snacking on these because they are yummy in your tummy, that is what my daughter says.
Homemade Strawberry Fruit Roll-ups (fruit leather)
This recipe for homemade fruit roll-ups is delicious and children love it. Make this healthy snack for your little one. FrenchToasty.com has lots of kid friendly snack food.
4 cups strawberries
1/4 lemon (peeled)
sugar to taste
Preheat oven to it's lowest temperature. My lowest temperature was 170 degrees F.
Throw your strawberries and lemon into a blender or a food processor and blend until smooth, you may need to add a little water. You want it thin but still sort of thick, if that makes sense. Mine only took 1-2 minutes but my blender pulverizes things.
Once smooth taste to see if you want it sweeter, I did not add any sugar, I felt the strawberries were more then sweet enough.
Line baking sheets with plastic wrap, this will shrink a bit in the oven so make sure to have a little extra around the edges.
Pour your strawberry puree onto plastic wrap. It should be thin enough to pour but thick enough to stay where it's poured. Use a spatula to spread into a thin even layer.
Bake for 6-12 hours, all oven times vary. I started mine in the evening, shut my oven off when I went to bed and then turned it back on in the morning. I would say total mine took close to 12 hours, but keep a close eye on yours to make sure it doesn't burn.
You will know it's done when it's tacky to the touch. Let it cool and then cut into strips and enjoy your healthy homemade fruit leather.
Once they are cooked and cooled I like to peel them off the plastic wrap and lay it on parchment paper. Then I will cut them into 2″ strips and roll them like fruit by the foot. It’s a fun way to pack them in your kids lunch or toss them into a mason jar on the counter for easy accessibility.
My blender filled to the brim with as many strawberries as I could fit and a wedge of lemon.
Baking in oven, I can fit 4 cookie sheets in at a time, and I recommend fitting as many as you can fit, just swap them every 2 hours for even cooking.
My daughter patiently waiting for them to bake! Don’t mind the smudges all over the oven…living with an almost 2 year old