Being cautious about your kids eating habits can be quite challenging, especially when it comes to snacks. To keep your kids gluten-free and healthy, you can do it with a little knowledge and the right ingredients. Below are some quick snack recipes which your kids would love!
For Kids: Gluten-Free Snacking Ideas!
Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Line silicone baking mats onto two large baking sheets, and set aside. Wash and slice the apples as thin as possible. Thicker slices would make them mushy. Spread these slices in a single layer onto the baking pans. Sprinkle powdered cinnamon and granulated sugar. Bake for 1 hour, flip the slices over and bake for another 1-1.5 hours. Turn off the oven, and let it cool down inside the oven for an hour. This will help them become crunchier. Some might remain chewy, which could be left in the oven for around 3 hours to turn it slightly crunchy. Store the chips in an air tight container at room temperature.
Sweet Potato Crunchies
This can be prepared in less than an hour, these can be munched as a snack or use it as toppings on soups or salads.
1 sweet potato
Olive oil, coconut oil can be used alternatively.
Spice powder like cinnamon/nutmeg/ginger/black pepper, etc. (optional)
Wash the sweet potato and peel it. Cut it into julienne strips. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Add the strips into a large bowl, and drizzle olive oil onto them. Sprinkle with the powdered spice of your choice, if required. Toss them thoroughly to ensure all the strips are coated, spread onto a large baking sheet. Bake with constant stirring every 10 minutes, up to 30 minutes. Transfer into an air tight container after they are cooled and crispy.
Apple Sauce Banana Spice Bread
Free from gluten, dairy, and refined sugar, this is one of the best replacements for gluten bread.
2 large bananas
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 fresh, organic eggs
2 cups brown rice flour
2 tbsp arrowroot powder
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl, mash bananas, and add applesauce, honey, vanilla, and eggs. Mix until creamy. Add baking powder, soda, and other dry ingredients and mix until wet through. Pour into greased loaf pan, and bake for 40 minutes. Let rest in a pan a few minutes before removing. Serve after it cools.
Pizza is a favourite food for everyone. These no crust pizza bites are a great alternative if your kid is gluten-intolerant. These are rich proteins and low in carb, which makes it healthy and tummy-filling snacks.
Thick cut Canadian bacon
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Pizza toppings of your choice (bell peppers, onion, tomatoes, olives, pineapple, mushroom, etc)
Grease the muffin tin with oil. Place three slices of bacon per cup, slightly separated from each other. Place the pizza sauce in required quantities in each cup. Now, add the toppings followed by shredded cheese on top of it. Bake for 27 minutes or a little longer at 350 degrees, until the top of the pizza, turns slightly brown or bubbly. Use a fork to pop them out of the muffin tin, and serve.
Smoky Roasted Chickpeas
2 cups soaked chickpeas
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon powder
Salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl in the given order, to ensure all beans are thoroughly coated. Spread them onto a pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, with occasional stirring every 15 minutes. Store in an air tight container at room temperature.