5 healthy after-school snacks

Keep hunger at bay with these treats kids can stir up themselves

School’s out and your little cherubs are home to fill your evening with magic. They’re sitting at the table, colouring quietly and sweetly asking for a healthy apple to stave off their hunger until dinnertime. The Three Day Nanny, eat your heart out…

If only!

For those of us whose houses are more Planet of the Apes than Mary Poppins, here are some exciting healthy snacks to keep hunger at bay. And they’ll keep your kids busy making them while you prepare a cup of tea gin.

1) CEREAL HOOP BARS: the happy snack

What you’ll need: ½ cup (8tbsp) honey, ¼ cup (4tbsp) peanut butter, 3 cups (85g) cereal hoops, ½ cup (100g) flaked almonds, ½ cup (75g) white choc chips, ½ cup (75g) dried cranberries

1) Help your child to line a cake tin with baking paper.

Then get them to measure the honey and peanut butter into a microwaveable bowl. Stir and blast for 45 seconds.

2) In another bowl, ask your child to measure out the cereal hoops, nuts, fruit and chocolate chips. Pour in the honey mixture and stir.

3) Press the mixture into the cake tin and freeze for 30 mins. 

4) Cut into pieces and wrap each piece in foil. Store in the fridge and whip out whenever hunger strikes.

2) YOGHURT BAR: we all scream for ice cream (especially when it’s this healthy)

What you’ll need: 500g Greek-style yoghurt, a squirt of honey, granola, berries

What you do:

1. Help your child to line a dish with baking paper.
2. Ask them to plop the yoghurt into the dish and spread it out so it fills it.
3. Now they drizzle honey on top, sprinkle on the granola and finish with berries.
4. Freeze for about an hour.
5. Chop into pieces and store in the freezer.

3) MAGIC KALE CRISPS: trick kids into eating veg!

What you’ll need: kale (washed and dried), olive oil, sea salt

What you do:

1. Preheat the oven to 220C (200C fan) gas 6.
2. Toss the kale with a little olive oil.
3. Ask your child to spread the kale on a baking tray (explain it will magically turn into crisps when you put it in the magic box/oven).
4. Sprinkle it with a little sea salt.
5. Bake until crisp (about 5 mins).
6. Serve and watch it disappear!

4) CHOCOLATE ORANGE: a quick dip in chocolate makes fruit so a-peel-ing!

What you’ll need: tangerine, 10g melted chocolate

What you do:

1. Dip half of each tangerine segment in the melted chocolate, then put on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
2. Keep in the fridge for 1 hour to set.

Thank you to bbcgoodfood.com for this recipe.

5) PINEAPPLE POPS: pop some fruit on a stick and freeze it, simple!

What you’ll need: pineapple rings, berries, yoghurt, mini flat kebab sticks, baking tray, baking paper

What to do: Just ask your kids to pop the pineapples on the sticks with a berry in the middle. Lie them on a baking tray lined with baking paper and drizzle with yoghurt. Then freeze!

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