2 Easy Snacks to Make With Kids

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After the pandemic hit the world in 2020, we were all stuck at home, constantly trying to find new ways to keep ourselves busy and entertained. For those of us that were stuck at home with small children, we had to create inventive ways of making sure that our little ones weren’t bored! From trying to teach them new arts and crafts and developing interactive games in the living room, parents everywhere needed new ways to keep themselves sane and their kids occupied. 

If you’re still stuck at home with young children and need to find a new activity to do with them, why not try and make some snacks with them? This way, you’re both keeping them occupied for a long time while also being able to keep an eye on them so that they don’t get up to any mischief! 

Here’s a list of two easy snacks to make with kids: 

1. Easy Banana Cake 

We don’t think that we’re wrong in assuming that every kid loves eating cake. However, you might be struggling to get them to eat fruit, so here’s a slightly easy way to get your kids to eat bananas! We’d recommend that you mash the bananas ahead of time and place them in a separate bowl.  This way, your children don’t know what they are before you add it into your cake batter. 

Here’s a list of what you’ll need: 

Ingredients: 

  • 125ml of a neutral oil 
  • 200gm of sugar 
  • 250gm of flour 
  • Two eggs 
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder 
  • Three medium-sized overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate or butterscotch chips, optional 

Method: 

  • Preheat your oven to 175° C. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and oil together until the mixture is pale yellow. To make sure that it is light and fluffy, beat this mixture for at least 3-4 minutes. 
  • Add in the sugar and continue mixing until the sugar is well combined. 
  • Sift in the flour and baking powder gradually, but take care not to overmix. If you overmix the dry ingredients, you’ll over-activate the gluten, and your cake will be dense and unpleasant to eat. 
  • Add in the bananas and mix until just combined. 
  • If you’re adding in the chocolate or butterscotch chips, use a spatula and fold them through your cake batter. 
  • Pour the cake batter into a prepared baking dish or a loaf pan if you’ve got one. 
  • Bake it in the preheated oven for about 15-20 or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

Just like that, you’ve baked a delicious banana cake! We love this recipe because it’s so easy to make, and the ingredients can all be found easily in your pantry without any hassle. We also love it because it has enough steps to keep your kids occupied for a reasonable amount of time without it being too long. 

Serve your cake warm with some milk for the kids and coffee for the adults! 

2. Pizza

Before you feel alarmed about this snack, remember that the toppings you put on your pizza are totally under your control. We love making pizza at home because it’s a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies sneakily. 

Here’s how you make pizza. 

Ingredients: 

  • Readymade pizza dough from your local grocery store
  • ½-1 cup of marinara sauce or ketchup 
  • Chopped vegetables of your choice, such as mushroom, chopped red onion, red and yellow peppers, or olives
  • Leftover protein, such as chicken breast or sausages
  • 1 cup of grated cheese such as mozzarella or sharp cheddar 

Method: 

  • First, bake your pizza dough according to the instructions provided on its packaging. 
  • Next, cover your cooked dough with marinara or ketchup. 
  • Layer your vegetables and proteins according to your preferences. 
  • Add the cheese on top, and bake your pizza until the vegetables are cooked, and the cheese has melted. 
  • Serve warm. 

We love pizza because of how customizable it is. It’s a great way to get your whole family involved because everyone can make their little pizza with toppings just for themselves! If you’ve got kids who are picky eaters, then this is the perfect way for them to make something that they will eat without any tears or drama. 

Conclusion

This article took you through two quick and delicious snack recipes that you can make with your kids. We included a sweet and savory option to give you a bit of variety. You can use the cake recipe as a base and swap out the banana for other flavors and mix-ins! You can also make any kind of pizza with any toppings. We hope these recipes helped!

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