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2 Delicious, Quick Snacks to Cook with Your Little One

2 Delicious, Quick Snacks to Cook with Your Little One

Cooking is always fun when you do it with the people you love. And, the most beloved people are your little ones that light up your life. Doing anything with them is always a heartfelt experience. While we’re busy teaching them the dos and don’ts, we often forget that they too can teach us a thing or two about life.
Cooking with your little one in the kitchen can become a wonderful bonding session. Instead of shooing them away from the kitchen and hiding all the knives, make the cooking area a child-friendly place. Allow your toddlers to step into the kitchen and experiment with food.
Not only will this help with their personal development – which is very crucial at this age— but it will also add to their experience of handling different textured food. Anything that enhances and broadens their world-view will result in improved self-esteem and creative expression.
So, without further ado, here are two easy, healthy snacks to make with your little one!

⦁ Mini Pizzas

Baking is an excellent option if your toddler is still too young to handle stovetop cooking. No child can ever refuse a cheesy, saucy slice of pizza. It’s one of the most delicious and healthy snacks for growing children.
If you’re not up for a lot of work, simply buy pre-made dough, sauce, and veggies. You can cut up the veggies as the little one might not be able to handle the knives. However, when it comes to the assembly, let your toddler take the reins.
Lay down all the ingredients in front of them, including pounds of cheese and ask them to be as creative as they can. That’s the best thing about making pizzas. They can accommodate a bunch of colourful, super-healthy ingredients like olives, mushrooms, dark green veggies, and proteins.
Here’s what you’ll need:
⦁ 1 pre-made pizza crust
⦁ 1/3 cup marinara sauce
⦁ Veggies of your choice
⦁ 2 cups mozzarella and cheddar cheese (mixed)
It’s okay if they make a little mess or get some flour on their faces. Once they’re done, carefully pop the pizza into the oven at 420 degrees F for 20 minutes. Take them through the instructions, so they remember. Once ready, cut the slices into mini bite-size pieces and enjoy with cold milk!

⦁ Cranberry Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Granola bars can be personalized with all your favourite seeds, nut butter, and flours.
For this recipe you need:
⦁ 2 cup rolled oats
⦁ 4 tablespoons almond butter
⦁ ½ cup dried cranberries
⦁ 2/3 cup honey
⦁ 1 cup dark chocolate chips
⦁ ¼ cup dark brown sugar
⦁ ½ tsp salt to taste
Start by slowly simmering the cranberries with some honey and brown sugar. Allow to rest and reach room temperature. Then, mix in the rest of the ingredients and dish out on a smooth baking sheet. Press the batter down using a tray and bake at 350 Degrees F for 10-15 minutes.
So, what are you waiting for? Buy all the ingredients with your little one and get cooking in the kitchen! For more ideas on snacks for toddlers and parenthood tips, check out DCARO UK!
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