Snacks are the little devils from whom we can never escape, be it an adult or a child. They entice us even when we are determined to be on a diet, hence there are cheat days. Especially after a meal, not necessarily a sumptuous lunch, most of us have the habit of eating some sweets or snacks. Nevertheless, to say, every kid has their own choice/favorites in snacks. Some enjoy eating sweets while others prefer savories. Few children like to eat only biscuits. Loads of different varieties of packed snacks are available in stores.
This lockdown made several people revamp and rejuvenate their talents. Be it baking or new cooks or exploring different tastes and recipes most of the homes had the family time with cooking.
When there are so many cooking channels in YouTube, blogs with several thousands of recipes, the reason for this article is many reasons.
We list you 7 different recipes of snacks,
- that your children like to eat
- healthy recipes
- easy to make with fewer ingredients
- shelf life at least a week
These recipes can now be taken guilt-free since they are homemade, with no white sugar, no Maida, and most importantly are healthy with nutritious ingredients.
1. Aval urundai or Poha ladoo
Poha (Flattened Rice) or Aval has a lot of health benefits. It is rich in iron, gluten-free, healthy Carbs, less calorie, and one of the easily digestible foods.
Include poha frequently in your kid’s diet as it can be consumed in many ways. Here let’s take a look at one of the easiest and tasty recipes using Poha as the main ingredient.
Measure a cup of poha, dry roast until color changes to golden in low heat. Transfer the roasted poha to a blender or mixer and make it into a fine powder. Add ¾ cup of cane sugar or jaggery and grind together. Make sure the powder is very fine for the laddu to hold its shape. Remove contents to a bowl and add hot ghee to the mixture. Try to make laddu’s when the mixture is warm. Store in an airtight box and can be used for a week.
2. Pottukadalai burfi or roasted gram burfi
Roasted gram is a power pack of nutrients. It is rich in iron, calcium, phosphate, zinc and magnesium. It’s loaded with lots of health benefits and one among them is building the bone strength and structure, hence highly recommended for kids of all ages. Selenium in roasted gram detoxifies the cancer-causing compounds in blood. It contains protein and is said to improve immunity and stamina in growing children. Let’s get to the recipe.
Grease a tray with ghee on all sides. In a pan, boil ½ cup of jaggery in ½ cup of water. Check for consistency often. Meanwhile, grind the dal in a mixer/blender. When the jaggery syrup gets the one string consistency, mix the powdered gram powder. Add a spoon of ghee, until mix until all the powder is blended in syrup. When the contents in the pan come together as a lump mass, switch off the stove and add the contents to the greased plate. And make pieces with a knife in desired shapes. Once cooled, burfi can be served.
This is a nostalgic delicacy for many parents. It is made from coconut and jaggery. Coconut has always been in the debate to fight, it’s healthy or not, but now theories are proving the benefits of coconut. Not one or two, coconut has many benefits like, improves skin health, helps burn fat and improved heart health.
Here’s the recipe. Boil the Jaggery in water and Grind the desiccated coconut in the mixer. The desiccated coconut mixer should look like a coarse powder. This step can also be skipped. But make sure no big pieces are there. Filter the jaggery if impurities are found. Again boil the jaggery after filtering. The mixture will turn frothy and check for consistency. Try pouring a drop of the syrup in a bowl of water. Take the jaggery from the water and roll it and drop it on the plate. It should hit the plate-like hard rock with the sound. This is called hard ball consistency. Now, Mix the coconut in the jaggery syrup. Mixing for a few minutes the contents will start to leave the sides, turning to a lump ball. Switch off the flame and allow the contents to cool. When the mixture is warm, apply ghee or oil in your palm and try to make a coconut ball. This can be rolled in rice flour, in the end, to avoid the greasiness because of the jaggery.
4. Peanut and Urad dal marbles
Urad dal helps to build the muscles and strengthens the nervous system. It promotes hair growth and improves bone strength. It is a healthy lentil for kids and pregnant women.
Dry Roast the peanut and urad dal until golden separately. Grind the roasted urad dal to powder and grind the roasted peanut to coarse powder separately. Now prepare the jaggery syrup, pour and mix it in the peanut powder gradually to a big lump. Dust it with urad dal powder and knead it like dough. Roll it with a rolling pin while dusting it with urad dal powder until it’s dry and roll it to less than half-inch thick, now take the cookie cutters to make marbles of your desired shapes. A tasty aromatic snack is ready. Store them in a glass canister.
5. Moong dal laddu or Payir urundai
The Yellow moong dal is one of the best healthy food for everyone. It is rich in many vitamins and nutrients. It is also rich in iron and potassium. It improves heart health and one of the best food for growing children.
In a pan, add moong dal and dry roast until a nice aroma is in the air. Remove moong dal from heat as the color changes and allow it to cool. Add it to the mixer or blender and grind it to powder. Add organic cane sugar and repeat until powdered. In a pan, add ghee and add the powdered dal and cane sugar and mix well. Switch off the flame and when warm shape them to laddus.
Adding roasted cashews while powdering the dal will enhance the taste.
6. Dry fruits/nuts balls or laddu
Dry fruits and nuts contain lots of healthy fiber and rich in antioxidants. They are loaded with nutrients. Dates act as a natural sweetener and this recipe uses just the sweetness in the dates without the need for any other sugar.
In a mixer, add ½ cup each of roasted cashew nuts and roasted almonds and blends to a coarse powder. Make sure not to grind it smooth. Empty contents to a bowl. Add ¼ cup dates to the blender and give one or two pulse. Need not grind them. Mix the dates and the coarse nuts powder. Roll them as balls and run over a plate of dry coconut powder to give a non-greasy finish.
Dates and figs also can be used along with other nuts like Walnuts and Pistachios.
7. Peanut butter cookies
Nuts and nut butter are excellent sources of many nutrients and vitamins. Peanuts are also rich in potassium which helps in lowering blood pressure and improves heart health. It also contains a lot of fiber, proteins and phytochemicals.
Preheat the oven to 350 C, line the tray with butter paper. In a bowl, add one egg and 1 cup of brown sugar and blend them together. Then add 1 cup of peanut butter and mix them all together. Mix well and make small balls and place them in the tray. They can be either flat or make any patterns or designs in it. We are happy to share these simple 7 recipes to keep your little ones healthy and tummy filled.
Yes! There are hundreds of snacks available in stores. Yet, the one made by mom, is always special to her children, because she adds a bottle of invisible ingredient, which makes her preparations exceptional one.
“The secret ingredient is always the mom’s love. “