Well fellow parents, we are heading into school time again. With that comes healthy snacks for kids, and school lunches. And if your kids are anything like mine they need multiple meals. All joking aside, my kids eat breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, second afternoon snack, and dinner. But what do you give them? So much of the prepared grocery store items you can buy are filled with junk! And trying to get most kids to eat vegetable can be laughable. So whats the next best option? How about cookies!
“WHAT???” , you say.
What if I told you, you could make healthy cookies for your kids to eat. Cookies that are better for them and keep them full longer. Something that is a healthy snack for kids.
Healthy Snack Ingredients
Below are just a few of the ingredients that make up these delicious cookies, along with the benefits they provide our bodies with.
Bananas are a great choice for snack, all by themselves! But if you want to mix it up, these are a top ingredient in these cookies. They provide such vitamins and minerals as B6, Vitamin C, Fiber, Potassium, Magnesium (which is a mineral many ADHD sufferers are deficient in) and many more!
Honey, unlike refined sugar is a natural sweetener and if using raw, local honey can include a large amount of antioxidants and local pollen to help build immunity to regional allergens.
Milled Flax Seed is an ingredient many people don’t think about in terms of flavor, because there isn’t much there. It does, however provide a fantastic source of Omega-3s! This essential fatty acid, “good fat” is known to aid in heart heath, and is a key contributing food source to fuel our brains. Adding this to the cookies will keep your little class room dwellers powered up to stay interested in their morning math classes.
The nutrients in this ingredient will vary depending on the type of nut butter you chose. Peanut butter is a great source of Magnesium, Folate, and protein (among many other nutrients). While Almond butter (my personal favorite) provides many of the same nutrients of differing amounts. Any nut butter is a healthy snack for your kids and will provide a nutty flavor, a healthy dose of protein and fill those bellies until lunch time.
I know dark chocolate may not seem healthy at first glance, but it is! But keep in mind, as with most things, it should be consumed in moderation. However, giving your kids a small dose in these awesome healthy snacks will put a smile on their faces and give them a boost of antioxidants they need for improved heart health, good cholesterol, and helping them maintain a healthy blood pressure and blood sugar level.
Cookies for Healthy Snacks for Kids
So without further adieu here is the recipe. I hope you and your children enjoy this delicious treat. If you are interested in finding other healthy recipes like this one, please check out my other recipes here on Family Flux!
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Additional Items include:
Healthy Breakfast Cookies
- 1 Large Banana
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter (Any nut butter will work)
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 1/4 cup Coconut Flour
- 1/4 cup Milled Flaxseed
- 1/4 cup Protein Powder (Vegetable based preferred but you can also use powdered milk)
- 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips (This can be more of less. ALso can substitute your favorite fruit)
|Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.|
|In one mixing bowl mix the following: |
|In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients.|
|Slowly add the dry ingredients to the 1st mixture until everything is combined. Then evenly fold in the dark chocolate chips (or fruit).|
|Once the mixture is complete, use a spoon- preferable something that will make an approximately 1/4 drops of dough. Place the dough drops on either a greased cookie sheet or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.|
|Store in Airtight container in fridge for 3 days. or in freezer for up to 2 months.|