Quick and Easy Snacks for Kids to Make Without Cooking
When most of us think of snacks we think of foodstuffs that appease our taste buds in a way that makes binging on them seem appropriate. Imagine then what the kids must be thinking!
Most kids are probably hungrier than they realize. They gobble up food at regular intervals unless it’s the ‘moody’ version of themselves (May you rest in peace). So why not teach them how to make fun snacks that can be made without any real use of fire. For example ‘the go fish’ dish is a double edged sword of sorts. It is more of a game than a foodstuff. All you need to make this dish is a large plate on which you need to put 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, 2 breadsticks and a few crackers for each child. Let the little minions dip their bread sticks in the peanut butter and then ‘fish’ for fish-shaped crackers on the plate. Isn’t this a great way to get kids to pay attention to the food and at the same time make it fun for them! The next recipe is a blueberry snack cake which involves the use of a microwave for the last bit. I recommend it for slightly older kids. So parents if your kid is not the sort that can deal with a microwave do not let him/her play with this recipe. So for this recipe to come to fruition, you will need to combine flour and sugar in a mixing bowl and add butter to the mix until it becomes crumbly enough. Set aside about 3/4ths of the mixture for topping. Next thing you need to do is add some baking powder, egg yolks and milk to the mixture. This recipe involves a fair amount of mixing in every step. Next come the egg whites which you need to beat until soft peaks form and then fold into the batter. Pour this mixture into a greased ‘baking dish’ and don’t forget to add the all-important blueberry and the reserved topping onto the dish before baking it at a modest 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. The colour of the finished piece should be golden brown and a toothpick inserted at the centre should come out clean. This dish sounds a wee bit tedious but the effort is worth it because it tastes delicious! And the best part is that you could replace the blueberries with any sort of berry your kid may prefer and tweak the flavour accordingly (my favourite is cranberry).
So the kids don’t always have to be up to no good. Most of the times we forget that they are quite capable and have the capacity to do things on their own. Okay well, under some sort of adult supervision. However once your kids taste these recipes they will want to make them again and again and there will come a time when much supervision won’t be needed while they cook these treats.