Back to school snacks to get through the school year with zero whining! 10 nut-free and healthy snacks.
Back to school has gone from, wayyyyy too soon, to oh my it’s here in a hurry. We’re going camping and I’m thinking I need to order some kids Fall clothes online before all the sizes are gone. I’m totally that mom that thinks of these types of things way too late and one of my twins is stretching so tall she’s almost grown out of her pants. At least I’ve got the whole snack thing covered … right? Our preschool is HUGE fans of rice crispy snacks, mostly because they don’t cause a mess at school. Which I get, but you might as well hand my kids sugar cause it’s the same thing.
I switch things up around here and use Kamut Puffs in our marshmallow squares. Kamut? Ka-uh? Exactly. It’s a weird word for puffed whole wheat. That’s right, I totally health-a-fied the rice crispy square. Which it needed. Kamut is loaded with iron and other vitamins and minerals that our growing kids need and if you’re going to wrap something in melted marshmallows it might as well be something healthy. Add some grapefruit slices with the peel and pith (bitter white part) removed and your kid will be all over this snack. Promise.
I’m not going to lie. I had to scrounge the grocery store for various snack ideas and I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I completely overlooked the whole sesame cracker thing. Then, I found these guys. Organic, low sugar, and made with cocoa so my kids think they’re getting a chocolate cracker. Good deal, right? Gluten-Free, vegan, and basically all the good stuff without the bad preservatives.
Truthfully we don’t snack a lot on crispy chickpeas because we love them in our salads. In a pinch I’d toss them into a snack pack for preschool however. They’re super easy to whip up and you can use any flavouring you like on them. We’re partially to paprika with sea salt and pepper. Sear in a hot pan with some vegetable oil for a protein boost.
Savoury muffins are a great way to get kids used to savoury treats vs loaded sugar ones. I used this Broccoli and Cheddar Muffins Recipe, but I do have to say it needs some herbs in there. Add 1 tsp of dried thyme or even 3 tbsp of chopped fresh dill (pick whichever one your kids like more). My husband said they tasted way too much like broccoli so maybe add some extra cheese for good measure too.
Coconut Chips and mango strips for a tropical vibe in the middle of winter when tropical fruit is at its peak. Need 15 more Back to School Snack ideas? Check out the first post for Kid-Friendly Energy Bites and other ideas here, the second Pumpkin Chocolate Loaf and other ideas here, and the third for Homemade Fruit leather and more here. Thanks for tagging along!
The first time I made these squares with a mashed up banana in them, but they turned soggy from it. A good idea, but bad final outcome so the final recipe reflects the squares without the banana.
Yields 20 squares (or so depending upon how large each square is cut)
Healthier marshmallow cereal squares! Wholesome and delicious!
5 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 6 cups kamut puff cereal
- 6 cup mini marshmallows
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter or butter alternative
- 2 tbsp semi-chocolate chips
- Spray a 9" x 13" sided dish with non-stick spray.
- Place 2 inches of water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Place a large heatproof bowl over the water and add marshmallows and butter. Allow marshmallows to melt, stirring every now and then.
- Once marshmallows are melted quickly add kamut puffs and mix to combine. Press firmly into prepared dish and allow to cool.
- If desired, drizzle with chocolate that was melted in the microwave in short 20 second bursts. Allow chocolate to set and cut into squares.