15 Healthy Homemade Snacks for ToddlersEmily McClements
Every mom of a toddler knows that snacks are one of the most important things we can have on hand at all times. You never know when the tantrum of MUST! EAT! RIGHT! NOW! will hit.
But, for many moms the conventional, or store-bought, versions of toddler friendly snacks can be filled with all kinds of questionable ingredients we would rather not feed our young children.
Fortunately, there are so many great recipes out there to make your child’s favorite snack at home, with wholesome and natural ingredients.
Here are a few of my (and my kiddos!) favorite healthy homemade snacks:
Homemade Goldfish Crackers 1 of 15My kids are obsessed with goldfish crackers, and these homemade ones are yummy and relatively easy. And I can pronounce all the ingredients!
Get the recipe for Homemade Goldfish Crackers.
Quick and Easy Energy Bites 2 of 15These no bake energy bites are so good, you'll want to make a double batch because the first batch will be gone before you can even get them all rolled into balls! I love the short, simple, and healthy ingredient list.
Get the recipe for No Bake Energy Bites.
Homemade Fruit Snacks 3 of 15Kids love gummy fruit snacks, but the conventional ones are full of sugar, artificial dye, and other unknown ingredients. This homemade version is yummy and healthy with no added sugar.
Get the recipe for Homemade Gummy Fruit Snacks.
Wholesome Homemade Pudding 4 of 15What kid doesn't love pudding? But many moms aren't thrilled with the artificial ingredients. This homemade pudding is made with real food ingredients that you can feel good about feeding your toddler.
Get the recipe for Wholesome Homemade Pudding.
Easy Baked Apple Chips 5 of 15These apple chips are so simple, easy, and delicious. They are a perfect alternative to regular fresh fruit.
Get the recipe for Baked Apple Chips.
Yummy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie 6 of 15My kids love smoothies because they think they are milkshakes. Shh! Don't tell them smoothies are actually good for them! You could substitute regular yogurt for the frozen yogurt in this recipe to make it even healthier!
Get the recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie.
The Best Homemade Granola Bars 7 of 15Granola bars are easy and inexpensive to make at home, and best of all - you control the ingredients. These are the best homemade granola bars that I have found, and I love that you can customize them with different variations of add-ins.
Get the recipe for Homemade Granola Bars.
Make Your Own Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt 8 of 15We love homemade yogurt with fruit at our house, and this homemade fruit on the bottom yogurt brings back memories of my childhood, without all the added sugar and artificial colors and flavors.
Get the recipe for Fruit On The Bottom Yogurt.
Homemade Strawberry Popsicles 9 of 15Take three simple ingredients — strawberries, honey, and lemon juice — and combine them for a very tasty treat for very happy kids. No artificial colors or flavors in sight!
Get the recipe for Homemade Strawberry Popsicles.
Gluten Free Chocolate Chips Cookies with A Secret Ingredient 10 of 15Whether your child has a gluten sensitivity or not, sometimes it's fun to serve them a sweet treat that is sneakily healthy. These cookies include a secret ingredient of white bean puree which boosts their nutritional content!
Get the recipe for Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Homemade Caramel Corn 11 of 15My kids ask for caramel corn every time we pass by the gourmet popcorn booth at the Farmer's Market. Making my own caramel corn at home is not only inexpensive, but also uses only natural sweeteners.
Get the recipe for Homemade Caramel Corn.
Make Your Own Protein Bars 12 of 15If you've ever bought all-natural protein bars you know how expensive they can be. But with a simple ingredient list of dried fruit, nuts, and spices, they are super easy to recreate at home, and so much cheaper!
Get the recipe for Homemade Protein Bars.
Easy Frozen Fruit Ice Cream 13 of 15Everyone loves ice cream, and I love serving my kids (and myself!) this favorite treat of "ice cream" that is made with only frozen fruit and a little bit of milk. It tastes so good, no one has to know how good it is for you!
Get the recipe for Frozen Fruit "Ice Cream".
Homemade Whole Wheat Pretzels 14 of 15Mmm, hot pretzels are one of my and my kids favorite snacks from the mall, but we rarely indulge — either in the mall, or in the pretzels, so this is a fun, yummy and healthier treat to make at home.
Get the recipe for Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels.
Homemade BBQ Potato Chips 15 of 15Chips are the classic snack time indulgence, but if you make them at home, you can actually make them healthier than the store-bought version and your kiddos will think you are the best mom ever! (Minus the beer in the background of course!)
Get the recipe for Homemade Barbecue Potato Chips.
What is your toddler’s favorite homemade snack?
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