Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Delicious and Quick Snacks for Kids {recipe}

It's fun to make those childhood favorites that bring back lots of memories :) It's one of those recipes I am sure to find in any ward or neighborhood cookbook, because everyone loves them and reminds them of years past. Enjoy!

  • Last night I was sitting on the couch with my hubby, and he said, "You know what sounds really good is no bake cookies," or "poop" cookies as he referred to them as a child.  I headed downstairs and sure enough, I had some oats.  When I came back upstairs I told him "Ask, and ye shall receive!"  20 minutes later these cookies were cooling on the counter and he was taken back to his childhood (and mine for that matter!)

    • Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

    • 1 3/4 cups white sugar 
    • 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup butter 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter 3 cups quick-cooking oats 1 teaspoon vanilla extract In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa. Bring to a full boil, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Let cool until hardened. Recipe Source:  Allrecipes

      Jello pudding pops were always one of my favorite treats as a youngster (those and orange creamsicles :)  I was thrilled when I found this simple recipe to enjoy an old favorite and share it with my kids.  They loved them, and the mess all over my 18 month old's shirt was worth the smile on his face when we were done!

      Jello Pudding Pops
      1 pkg instant pudding 
      1 1/2c milk 
      2c cool whip

      Dissolve pudding in milk, whip in cool whip. Spoon into 3 oz dixie cups and insert popsicle stick. Freeze.

      And lastly, a yummy treat that you can somewhat feel good about feeding your kids.  These little chocolate banana bites are wonderful, and a great alternative to ice cream for a quick dessert instead of ice cream.  The problem is I could sit and eat a whole bowl-ful, so beware!

      Chocolate Covered Banana Bites
      3 bananas
      peanut butter
      chocolate covered candy coating/chocolate bark (I used about 1/2 a package)
      Slice bananas about 1/2-3/4 inch thick.  Put a dollop of peanut butter on each slice of banana.  Lay out a sheet of wax paper on small cookie sheet.  Place candy coating in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second intervals until chocolate is smooth.  Holding a fork, place banana slice on top and use a spoon to coat banana.  Shake off excess chocolate.  Place on wax paper and freeze for 3-5 hours. 

      Here are some more fun ideas for some sweet treats for your kids, try some!  You'll be the coolest mom on the block by making some of these fun recipes :)

      Chef Mom
      Diana's Desserts (tips on cooking with kids)
      Livestrong (treats good for kids with peanut allergies)
      Family Fun

      What kind of treats do you like to make with your kids?


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