Stop hungry little hands raiding the cupboard for shop-bought sweets and try our easy snack ideas – kids will love them. From veggie crisps to chocolatey orange segments, these satisfying nibbles are ideal for mixing up in a flash.
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10 quick and easy snacks for kids
Slice an apple into discs, about ½cm thick, through the core. Use a small cookie cutter or apple corer to make a hole in the centre and remove any pips. Spread cream cheese over the slices, and top with raisins, flaked almonds or sprinkles.
Peel a chunk of cucumber and cut into ½cm slices. Sandwich two pieces together with a little ham or cheese (or both), and secure with a cocktail stick.
Oatcakes with mackerel or salmon paté
Mash some flaked smoked mackerel or hot smoked salmon with a few tablespoons of natural yogurt, mayonnaise or cream cheese, then add a twist of pepper and some lemon zest, if you like. Spread over oatcakes.
Spread some natural yogurt over a tray lined with baking parchment – don’t make it too thin. Scatter over some halved raspberries and blueberries (fresh or frozen) and freeze until solid. Break into shards to serve.
Fill the cavities of celery batons with nut butter, and arrange some raisins on top.
Drain a can of chickpeas and pat them dry with kitchen paper. Toss with a drizzle of oil and a pinch of salt, you can add paprika, cumin or garam masala for extra flavour. Tip onto a baking tray and cook at 200C/180C fan/gas 6 for 20 mins, stirring halfway through cooking, until the chickpeas pop and turn crispy. Cool for a few minutes then serve.
Peel a parsnip then keep shaving down to the core to make thin strips. Gently toss in a drizzle of oil, a pinch of salt and some mild spices if you like. Spread the parsnip out on a baking tray and bake at 180C/160C fan/gas 4 for 15 mins, shaking the tray a few times during cooking, until the pieces are crisp. Cool for a few minutes then serve.
Break an orange, or satsuma, into segments. Dip half of each piece into melted dark chocolate and leave to set on a sheet of baking parchment (you can also pop them in the fridge to speed up the process).
Mix equal quantities of pumpkin and sunflower seeds, almonds or cashews, pretzels, raisins or dried cranberries and dark chocolate drops. Keep in a jar and portion into little cups to serve. For younger children, make sure the nuts are chopped into small pieces to avoid choking.
Blend a banana, a couple of pellets of frozen spinach and half an avocado with some milk (dairy-free is fine, if you prefer) for a roar-some smoothie little ones will love! Try the recipe for our simple spinach smoothie.
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