Did you see my post about Meals I’ve Made and Served Recently? Today I’m sharing some snacks I’ve made recently. These fly out of the kitchen at this house, that’s for sure!
Lately, I’ve been feeling a little desperate for more good foods for my kids to snack on. The problem is that I really want them to eat mostly healthy, homemade snacks (instead of foods like purchased crackers or granola bars), but I don’t have much time to make the good stuff. And when I do have time to make them, we go through them really quickly!
This is all a very good problem to have, of course. And I give my kids lots of fresh fruit for snacks (which is nourishing and super quick and easy!). But I’ve needed other snack options, and I need them in large volume. So I’ve tried to put together one or two snack options each day recently, and of course, I make a huge batch so I can freeze extras or simply in hopes that they will last us at least two days, ha!
One day, I had several dozen eggs so I decided to see if the babies would eat boiled eggs for snacks.
This was a no-go all the way around. But bless them for trying (and smearing boiled egg all over the high chair tray and table). Never fear, I used all the remaining eggs to make Angeled Eggs – a rare treat around here (you know, because it takes like three entire steps to make this luxurious, gourmet food). :)
The above picture shows you part of our lunch the day I tried the boiled egg snack. We had Angeled Eggs, strawberries, apples, carrots with ranch, and good ol’ beef hotdogs.
I made a quadruple batch of Mudballs one morning. These turned out to be very popular with every kid and adult too.
Friends came over to play that afternoon. By evening, the container looked like this:
And by the next day, they were all gone. :) Looks like I need to make these more often!
I made a huge pot of Tapioca Pudding one day, which is delicious and great for snacks and even breakfast. But I don’t really have time to stand at the stove and stir the pudding for as long as it takes to make such a huge batch, so I won’t likely be making this very often. (I used over a half-gallon of milk in this batch so it took quite a bit longer to cook.)
Since the Mudballs were such a hit (and also gone quickly), a few days later I quickly stirred together a double batch of No-Bake Snickerdoodle Bites. This recipe makes up for the extra time it took to make the above pictured Tapioca Pudding. The cookie dough bites are ridiculously fast to make and I don’t have to stand at a stove to make them. Truly, get yourself the ingredients for these No-Bake Snickerdoodle Bites. They are so tasty, filling, nourishing, and easy.
Another day I made a batch of these Peanut Butter Muffins. These are different from regular muffins in that they are grain and dairy-free. We don’t have any grain/dairy allergies at our house, thankfully. I make them because they are full of protein!
The best thing about these muffins is that they are very filling. So they last a little bit longer than other batches of muffins I make!
We are provided a lot of free cereal because three of our little ones are a part of the WIC program. So I used some Chex cereal to make a big container of Chex Mix. The kids love this!
Banana Bread is always a hit around here! And while we do eat a lot of bananas, somehow we still often have over-ripe bananas too. So this is perfect.
I love how all of these snacks that I’ve been making double as great breakfast food too!
Stay tuned for more Big Family Food posts, where I share all about how I make food for our big family! And read here to catch up on other posts in this series you may have missed. :)