Kid-Friendly Healthy Snack Recipes
by Yalla Mediterranean
August 16, 2017

kid-friendly snack recipes

Summertime can mean crazy time for parents, depending on the number of kids you have and activities they’re in. Regardless of the summer agenda, though, it’s important to keep the kids — and adults carting them places — well-fueled. Snack time during summer vacation tends to go to a whole new level, and it’s nice to get the kids in the habit of eating healthy, rather than always making the easy grab for junk food.

Snack time is also a good way to bond with your kids by letting them to help prepare what you have in store. Sure, it may get a little messier in the process, but hey, they can help with the cleaning as well. It’s all about having fun and teaching them to make healthy snacks.

Below, we list 10 healthy snack recipes for kids that are mostly easy to make and that also allow kids to participate.

As is the case with any recipe, feel free to alter the ingredients to your taste or desired healthiness level. Not into using coconut crystals as a sweetener for homemade fudgesicles? Simply swap it out for brown sugar instead. The possibilities are as endless as your and your child’s culinary creativity.

These recipes also vary a bit in terms of the time it takes to make them. Some recipes take just a few minutes, while some may take hours in the oven — such as homemade fruit roll-ups.

And if it’s one of those days when you’re running around town with the kids and don’t have time to put a healthy snack together, we’ve got you covered there, too.

Let summertime begin!

  1. Whole Grain Cheez-Its

Cheez-Its are a great salty snack either at home or on the go, and this whole-wheat version makes them healthier. Not only can the kids help with the various steps, but they’ll be amazed to see one of their favorite store-bought snacks made in their own kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 1 8-ounce block extra sharp Cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons ice water

To Make

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Use a mixer or food processor to mix the first four ingredients until the mix is soft.
  • On low speed, add the flour to thicken the mixture (will turn dry).
  • Slowly add water until the mixture turns doughy.
  • Wrap dough tightly in wax paper and refrigerate for one hour.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Divide mixture into two and roll each into a thin rectangle, roughly 10 by 12 inches.
  • Cut the rectangles into 1-inch squares using a pastry or pizza cutter. If you’d like, poke a hole in each piece with a toothpick or chopstick.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until just brown on the edges.
  • Use a rack to cool the crackers.

Get the Kids Involved

Kids can help pat the dough down before you refine it into rectangles. They can also help cut the crackers with a pizza cutter or poke holes in each cracker.

gluten free vegan dairy free chocolate fudgesicles

  1. Healthy Chocolate Fudgesicles

Everyone likes a frozen treat during the hot summer months, and this version of the chocolatey favorite is gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free and paleo-compliant. It’s also “near” raw, although any of these ingredients can be swapped out if you have other preferences.

Ingredients

  • 1 13.5 ounce can organic coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1/4 cup organic raw coconut crystals (or a different granular sweetener, such as brown sugar)
  • 1/4 cup organic raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla bean powder
  • 1 cup organic cashews

To Make

  • Mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour mixture into ice cream molds and freeze according to the molds’ directions, typically one or two hours.
  • Use warm water to help remove from molds before you enjoy.

Get the Kids Involved

There aren’t a ton of steps here, but the kids can maybe help pour the mixture into the molds. Part of the fun —and also perhaps the hardest part — is in waiting for them to freeze before you eat.

  1. Garlic-Roasted Almonds

These roasted salty snacks are healthy and tasty — and they’re a great alternative to other fattier options such as potato chips. Just a handful can provide a good amount of protein and a boost of energy, so you may want to keep a personal stash nearby as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

To Make

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Combine all ingredients except almonds in a zip-lock sandwich bag. Close the bag and mix the ingredients together.
  • Add almonds to the bag and lock, then move the nuts around in the bag to coat with the seasoning.
  • Spread almonds on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Once done, leave the almonds on the foil and pull the foil off the pan. Set it on a cooling rack, allowing the almonds to cool while still on the foil.

Get the Kids Involved

Depending on their age, most kids can help with almost every step, including measuring ingredients and spreading on the baking sheet. Youngsters will have fun mixing the almonds in the bag. Don’t forget to let the almonds fully cool down before you eat!

  1. Strawberry Applesauce

Applesauce is always a great summer snack, and this at-home version cuts out the added sugar and boosts the flavor with the strawberries.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds apples, cored and cut into pieces
  • 8 ounces strawberries with stems trimmed
  • 1 1/2 — 2 1/4 cups water
  • Juice from 1 lemon

To Make

  • Place ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  • Lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  • Puree using a food processor or blender until it reaches your desired consistency.

Get the Kids Involved

Most of the steps involve some sort of cutting, so some kids might be able to take care of the apples if you have an apple corer. For an optional garnish, you can top the applesauce with thin slices of strawberries and/or sprinkles of cinnamon.

healthy frozen yogurt recipe

  1. Parmesan Cheese Straws

These skinny bread sticks are easy and fun to make. They’re great for a quick summer activity that will also yield some tasty snacks.

Ingredients

  • Small amount of flour
  • 1 defrosted 8 1/2-ounce sheet puff pastry
  • 1 large egg yolk, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

To Make

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Unfold puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Flour the topside and roll into a 12-inch square. Brush with egg mixture until covered.
  • Sprinkle puff evenly with cheese and paprika. Press to make sure the ingredients stick.
  • Slice puff into 24 half-inch strips. Twist strips twice and place 12 on each baking sheet.
  • Bake until twists are golden brown, roughly 18 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

Get the Kids Involved

Kids can certainly help sprinkle the ingredients on top of the puff square, and they’ll also have fun giving each puff a twist. Perhaps try letting them make twists for one of the two pans, then you can compare pans when they come out of the oven.

  1. Frozen Yogurt Raspberries

These fun-to-make homemade fruit snacks will give the kids plenty of reasons to eat some fruit, as well as a bit of protein via the Greek yogurt.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup raspberries

To Make

  • Fill a piping bag or zip-lock bag with yogurt and place in the freezer until the yogurt starts to solidify — but don’t let it get completely solid.
  • Rinse and dry raspberries.
  • With piping bag (or zip-lock bag with a corner cut off), fill each raspberry with a small dot of yogurt.
  • Place the raspberries in the freezer for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!

Get the Kids Involved

Have the kids rinse the raspberries while you prepare the yogurt. Piping the yogurt into each berry can also be a team activity.

  1. Healthy Monster Cookie Bites

All kids love cookies, and these bite-sized versions have plenty of health benefits, including fiber from the oats and protein from the peanut butter. Also, these are no-bake cookie bites, so the waiting time is minimal.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats (can also be gluten-free)
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter (this can be swapped out with another nut/nut-free butter)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup mini M&Ms
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

To Make

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl until they’re evenly mixed (heat peanut butter for 15-20 seconds in the microwave to make it slightly runny and easy to work with).
  • Scoop 1 1/2 — 2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll into balls with your hands.
  • Repeat until mixture is gone.
  • Place cookie balls on a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Bring cookie bites to room temperature and enjoy!

Get the Kids Involved

If you’re patient, you can let the kids attempt to stir the mixture until it’s even. Kids can also roll the cookie mixture into balls after you give them a scoop.

healthy teddy bear toast recipe

  1. Healthy Teddy Bear Toasts

These pieces of toast are good for a healthy breakfast or a snack, and they also double as craft time for the youngsters. This is just one example, but you can use various fruits and shapes to create other animals as well.

Ingredients

  • Sliced bread
  • Banana slices
  • Blueberries
  • Peanut butter (or other nut butter if you prefer)

To Make

  • Toast the bread as you would normally.
  • Spread peanut butter (or other nut butter) on each piece of toast.
  • Make a teddy bear face using banana slices for the ears and nose and blueberries for the eyes and top of the nose. Enjoy!

Get the Kids Involved

Depending on their age, most kids should be able to handle each step, including making toast, spreading peanut butter and, of course, arranging the fruit to create the teddy bear face.

  1. Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups

Kids love fruit snacks, and this is a good, no-preservatives version that comes in particularly handy if you have fruit you need to get rid of before it spoils. Another good thing — leftovers can be stored in an airtight container or in the freezer.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 — 3 cups ripe or slightly over-ripe fruit, diced
  • Sweetener of choice (honey, agave, sugar, etc.), to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

To Make

  • Preheat oven to lowest available temperature.
  • Since the oven temperature is so low, you can line a baking sheet with plastic wrap — just be sure it’s a higher-quality brand and microwave safe. You can also use a silicone baking mat instead.
  • Puree all ingredients using a food processor until smooth.
  • Pour mix onto a baking sheet or mat and spread until it’s 1/8 inch thick.
  • Bake for 6 to 8 hours, or until the center is no longer tacky.
  • Remove from the oven, and while it’s still a bit warm, peel it off the plastic. Cut it into strips and roll in parchment paper or plastic.

Get the Kids Involved

There aren’t a lot of steps here, but kids can probably help smooth the mixture on the pan or help roll the cut strips once it’s done baking.

  1. Healthy Lunch Kabobs

Placing food on skewers is a good way to encourage kids to eat things they might not otherwise try. Here we use basic ingredients, but you can, of course, feel free mix it up.

Ingredients

  • Deli meat
  • Spinach leaves
  • Olives
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cheese Cubes

To Make

  • Separate ingredients into small bowls.
  • Layer ingredients on skewers in any order you’d like, but be sure sturdier items are on top and bottom (cheese or tomatoes work best).
  • Refrigerate until it’s time to eat, and enjoy!

Get the Kids Involved

The kids will have fun assembling their own skewers, and the bonus is it will get them eating some very healthy foods!

placing food on skewers

Kid-Friendly Snacks at Yalla Mediterranean

With seven locations across California, we at Yalla Mediterranean can help you give the kids a healthy snack or quick lunch while on the go. If they enjoyed eating your homemade lunch skewers, maybe they’d like to try one of our skewers as well.

In addition to fare for a quick lunch or dinner, we have some dessert items the kids will love, such as house-made Greek frozen yogurt with honey, chocolate or sour cherry sauce. Each flavor can also be topped with chopped baklava or chocolate pita crumbles.

We also offer baklava made with cinnamon and crushed walnuts in phyllo dough layered with honey. Or you may prefer our double chocolate pita cookie made with Ghirardelli chocolate.

No matter what your pallet craves, we have seven convenient locations throughout southern and northern California to serve you:

Southern California: Burbank, Culver City and Seal Beach

Northern California: Dublin, Fremont, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek

We can also have any of our food delivered within those markets via DoorDash.

When it’s snack time during the upcoming summer months, be sure to give one or all 10 of these recipes a try. And if you don’t happen to have time on a given day, visit us for a quick and healthy snack the kids will love.