Hi guys! It’s Kate from She Be Kale’in It here, and I’ve got some new recipes to share. Labor Day is approaching and summer is (almost) officially over. How did that happen?? Although I’m not a mom myself, I know many mamas out there looking for healthy, kid approved snack ideas.
Make sure your children fill their new back to school lunch with something more nutritious this year. Here are three new snack options, all containing only natural sugars, whole grains, and plant based protein sources to keep them full and active.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
First up, breakfast cookies. Growing up I never wanted breakfast. But it is the most important! And I probably would have enjoyed cookies for breakfast. Try these “cookies”. Yup, breakfast cookies! Great on the go, and a delicious new take on oatmeal. Full of oats, fresh apple, apple sauce and spices, they are slightly sweet from pure maple syrup but have plenty of fiber and protein from the rolled oats and flaxseed. I snuck in shredded carrot. It worked with the cinnamon spice flavors, but you can always start with just apple for any picky eaters.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 tbsp flax and 4 tbsp water – for 2 flax eggs
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup coconut oil – melted
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2-1 cup shredded carrot
- 1/2 cup diced apple
- First, prepare the flax eggs by whisking 2 tbsp. ground flax with 4 tbsp. water. Set aside for at least ten minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, stir together oats and flaxseed.
- In a large bowl, beat together the coconut sugar, melted coconut oil, applesauce, flax eggs, and maple syrup. Add dry ingredients and stir until combined.
- Fold in raisins, apple and carrot.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, roll cookies, place on sheet and flatten slighty.
- Be sure to press cookies down to flatten, they will not rise or expand in the oven.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Granola Bars
Next up, granola bars. Kids love them, and they are easily packed as snacks. But usually they are full of sugar, preservatives and artificial ingredients.
These are a naturally sweet option using medjool dates. Encourage the kids to help you make them in the kitchen! Of course they are drizzled in dairy free dark chocolate to feel like a treat.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cup peanut butter or almond butter
- 15 Medjool dates chopped into small pieces.
- Place rolled oats, sunflower seeds, and coconut flakes into a large mixing bowl and mix.
- Chop the dates into small pieces and add to bowl.
- Prepare the peanut butter sauce. Over low heat, combine peanut butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup to create a sauce.
- Add this peanut sauce to the dry mixture, an stir until combined.
- Line a 8×8 baking sheet, with parchment paper, and add mixture.
- Use a spatula to spread evenly, and pack mix firmly into sheet. Packing it firmly prevents bars from crumbling after they chill.
- Next, chill for at least 30 minutes.
- Once chilled, cut into squares or bars.
- Optional: Melt 3 oz. dark chocolate and 1 tbsp. coconut oil to create a dark chocolate sauce and garnish.
Apple Superfood Nachos
Do your kids like nachos? Yup! Do they love dessert?? Of course! Combine the two with a dessert that is out of the box. Apple nachos are ready in minutes and a much healthier option.
I added superfoods like dark chocolate, chia seed, coconut and goji berries. But try adding peanut butter sauce to the apple nachos or chocolate chips, too!
- 1 apple sliced
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp goji berries
- 2 tbsp coconut flakes
- Chocolate sauce
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Slice apple thin and arrange on the plate.
- Over low heat, melt chocolate and coconut oil until it becomes a dark chocolate sauce, careful not to burn.
- Pour over nachos and add toppings.
Simple, nutritious and tasty! I hope these recipes help you sneak in more nutritious options for your family, and give you and the kids an excuse to get creative in the kitchen together!