Kid Friendly Snack Options Featuring Peanut Butter

I am probably the worst example for my daughter when it comes to snacks.  I crave sweets, I don’t believe I have a sweet tooth; I have a mouth full of sweet teeth.  I am trying to get better for my own sake but also; I am trying to provide her with healthy snacks while also satisfying my sweet tooth (or teeth). I have experimented with several recipes and have fallen in love with so many different ones. Here are a few of my favorite healthy snack recipes using peanut butter!

Carrots with Peanut Dipping Sauce

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What you need:

  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • A splash of soy sauce
  • A few drops of sesame oil
  • Water to smooth
  • Carrot sticks

Mix everything but the carrot sticks together with a fork or whisk in a bowl. Add water as needed to thin mixture to a dipping consistency (all-natural peanut butter needs more; everyday brands need less).

Source: http://www.parenting.com/gallery/healthy-kids-snacks?pnid=104880

Cored sliced apples with peanut butter, oats, nuts, and chocolate chips

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You will need

  • 2 apples
  • 3-4 Tbsp. peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter or chocolate soy nut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. granola
  • Choice of nuts
  • Chocolate Chips

Wash and core apples.

Slice crosswise into 1/4-inch slices.

Spread nut butter over apple slices.

Sprinkle granola, nuts and chocolate chips over top.

Two-Ingredient Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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What you need:

  • 4 large very ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter

Peel bananas and slice into 1/2 inch discs. Arrange banana slices in a single layer on a large plate or baking sheet. Freeze for 1-2 hours.

Place the banana slices in a food processor or powerful blender. Puree banana slices, scraping down the bowl as needed. Puree until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Add the peanut butter and puree to combine. Serve immediately for soft-serve ice cream consistency. If you prefer harder ice cream, place in the freezer for a few hours and then serve.

*Note-if you have a hard time creating a creamy consistency, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of milk to help puree the banana slices. Make sure you use a powerful food processor or blender!

Source: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/two-ingredient-banana-peanut-butter-ice-cream/

Peanut Butter Balls

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What you need

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. Mold the mixture into small balls (like a large marble), and place them in a container lined with parchment to separate the layers. Freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.

Source: http://mariamindbodyhealth.com/healthy-kids-snack/

Chocolate Covered PB Banana Bites

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What you need

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/8 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • Sea salt

Peel bananas and slice into 1/4′ pieces.

Mix the peanut butter and the applesauce in a small bowl. Spread the mixture on top of each banana slice.

Place bananas on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.

During the last 5 minutes of freeze time, place chocolate chips in a small bowl. Microwave for 1 minute or until chocolate melts.

Remove bananas from freezer and dip 1/2 of each banana piece in the chocolate. Sprinkle sea salt on the chocolate tops.

Place bananas back on parchment paper tray and put back in the freezer.

They will be ready to eat in 15 minutes. Store in a ziplock bag.

Source: http://www.skinnymom.com/2013/10/06/chocolate-covered-peanut-butter-banana-bites/

Simple Homemade Pudding Pops

Every night, my husband goes snooping around the fridge and pantry looking for a snack or some kind of dessert. He is one of those guys that we hate, you know ladies the kind that can eat anything and stay skinny…. In fact he loses weight by just thinking about losing weight, it really makes me sick! Ugh sorry, back to dessert. I admit also like to have a little dessert, which is exactly why I don’t keep desserts in the house. The other day he was searching for some ice cream or something chocolate and at that very moment I just happen to be on Pinterest looking at pudding pop recipes. It was definitely a sign that I needed to make these childhood favorites.

I found this amazingly simple recipe on OneGoodThingbyJilliee.com. Not only was there this simple recipe but there were also variations to choose from. I ended up making mine with sugar-free pudding, fat-free milk and fat-free cool whip. Hey, I might as well not feel guilty if I sneak one! These are simply AweMazing and satisfied hubby’s cravings without any artificial ingredients! Can’t ask for anything more! Enjoy!

Pudding Pops

Pudding Pops: Photo credit here

Pudding Pops: Photo credit here

INGREDIENTS

1 large box chocolate pudding
3 cups cold milk
2 cups frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip)

DIRECTIONS

1. Beat pudding mix & milk in medium bowl with whisk for about 2min.
2. Stir in Cool Whip.
3. Spoon mix into small paper/plastic cups.
4. Insert wooden sticks into the middle of each.
5. Freeze for 4 hours or until firm.
– To remove from cups, run under warm water.

The family will thank you and think you are absolutely AweMazing for spending hours on this dessert!