I am lucky enough to be able to volunteer, at least once a week, in Little Snackers second grade classroom. Each day the children in her class bring in a snack to eat, they have a late lunch, so the children need a little snack to get them through the morning. I am always shocked when I see the types of snacks the children are eating: chips, cookies, candy and lots of other processed foods. I really try not to make judgments about the way parents raise their children but how is a child suppose to get energy for their brain and bodies by eating a bag of potato chips? I think we all need to be more conscious when it comes to the types of foods we feed our children. There are so many yummy, healthy and portable snacks that a child could take to school: fruit (fresh or dry), whole grain crackers, granola (not the sugar filled bars) or muffins. Friday’s are test days at Little Snackers schools so today I packed her a banana for snack, not only does it have natural sugars to give her a little energy boost but it’s loaded with nutrients like: potassium which is beneficial to our heart, nerves, kidneys and bones, they are also loaded with fiber and they contain vitamin B6 which is beneficial to our blood. It’s worth the extra time to help our children make the right food choices!
2 1/4 cups of Flour ( I used white whole wheat)
2 tablespoons of Sugar ( I used evaporated cane sugar)
1 tablespoon of Baking Powder
1 teaspoon of Salt
1/2 cup of Butter (I used Earth Balance Spread)
1 cup of Milk
1/2 cup of Jam (pick your families favorite)
2 tablespoons of Milk
-Preheat oven at 400 degrees, place oven rack in the center of the oven.
-In a mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and sugar.
-Add butter the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter, two knives or your hands.
-Add 1 cup of milk, mixing until all dry ingredients are incorporated, do not over mix.
-Divide dough in half. Place on a floured surface and roll out each 1/2 of dough into two individual 8 inch disks that are about 1/2 inch thick. Try to roll them out so they look similar in shape and size.
-Place jam on top of one of the disks, making sure to keep the jam about 1 inch away from the edge of the dough.
-Place the other disk of dough onto of the jam covered dough. Press around the edge to seal the two disks together.
-Use a pizza cutter or knife to slice the dough into 6-8 triangles. Separate the triangles and press around the edges of each triangle to seal (or you will end up with a jam covered baking sheet).
-Place triangle about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
-Brush the tops of each triangle with milk and sprinkle on a little sugar.
-Bake for about 20 minutes or until the tops begin to brown.
1) I used only whole wheat flour which made the dough a little hard to roll out. Next time I will use 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 unbleached white flour.
2) When you are purchasing jam make sure you read the ingredients label. You will be amazed at how many companies use high fructose corn syrup in their products.
3) Sealing the edges is an important step or all your jam will end up on the baking sheet.
Little Snackers Thoughts:
“I thought it was super great! My favorite thing was the whole thing. It was snacktistic!”
I began my mission by looking on the internet for healthy snack ideas, but I was very disappointed with what I found, so I went to my local library to check out a few recipe books. The good news is that I found a few really great cookbooks, the bad news is that most cookbooks that are created to be “kid friendly” contain lots of recipes using crescent rolls and hot dogs. Now don’t get me wrong having crescent rolls and hot dogs once in a while isn’t a bad thing, everything in moderation, but it’s not something I want to build my entire snack repertoire around.
Join me on my mission to find recipes for delicious & healthy snacks that are made with real foods. My family loves to snack: after school snacks, mid-morning snacks and the occasional late night snacks . I am not a fan of pre-packaged foods and especially not pre-packaged snack foods that are filled with salt, sugar and lots of things I could never pronounce. So I went searching online for snack food recipes, but here’s the problem, most snack recipes you find are not healthy. When you search for “healthy snacks” you end up with a ton of links for different snack food companies. Which is why I am now on a mission to find snacks that will make my family say- wow how SNACKTASTIC!