homemade snacks that pack a crunch with kids
OUR little boy turned two a couple of months ago and over the weekend he brought a bag of lollies over to me, whilst we were shopping, and asked if he could get them.This came as a bit of a shock to me because he hasn’t tried lollies, he has never seen us eat them and it’s not something we ever buy.On this occasion, we were lucky that he quickly lost interest and put the lollies back on the shelf but it got me thinking about what lies ahead of us.As a schoolteacher, I often see parents drawn between buying popular packaged foods that they know their children will eat a michael kors outlet nd giving them healthy, wholesome snacks that will probably be thrown in the bin.Children and parents are constantly exposed to the marketing of unhealthy snack foods, claiming to be convenient, fun and ‘wholesome’.What they fail to mention is that they are filled with refined ingredients, unnecessary fillers, hydrogenised soya fat (a dangerous transfat) and loads of refined sugar.If you are trying to move away from packaged foods or have a special occasion coming up where you want to serve some child friendly snacks, these healthier homemade rice puff bars are easy and taste great.In this recipe, I have used tahini to keep them nut free and school friendly but nut butters can also be used.Healthy, homemade snacks from Marinya Cottage Kitchen.Brown rice syrup or honey as well as dates are used to sweeten the bars and although it would be best to not have any sweeteners, this is a much healthier michael kors outlet alternative and is less likely to cause bad reactions or health problems.Healthier Homemade Rice Puff Bars (dairy and gluten free)4 cups brown rice puffscup medjool dates or dried dates that have been soaked in water for a few minutescup brown rice syrup or honeycup tahinicup coconut oil2 tablespoons of ground linseeds or Chia seeds (optional)1 teaspoon vanilla extract InstructionsPlace dates, rice michael kors outlet syrup, tahini and coconut oil in a food processor and blend until mixture becomes a smooth paste. Pour mixture into a small saucepan an michael kors outlet d heat until coconut oil melts and mixture becomes runny.Turn off heat and stir through brown rice puffs, seeds and vanilla extract.Press into a lined baking tray and place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until hard. Cut with a serrated knife and keep refrigerated in warm weatherCheck out more healthy, wholefood recipes at Marinya Cottage Kitchen. You can also check them out on Facebook.