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{RECIPE} Snacks the kids will love

Toddler snacksIncluded recipes: Banana and Berry Muffins Pancakes Muesli Slice Yummy Easy Biscuits

Banana and Berry Muffins This recipe is great frozen and then you can just take out the muffins one at a time. They defrost in the microwave or in your bag on the way to your destination. The recipe is perfect for toddlers who want to help, they can tip in the ingredients from the measuring cup, mix the bowl and of course lick the bowl. Ingredients: 1 small ripe banana, mashed 1 cup frozen berries 1 cup white self raising flour 1/2 cup wholemeal self raising flour 2/3 cup sugar 1 egg, lightly beaten 2/3 cup milk 1/4 cup oil Method:  Add all ingredients to a bowl, mix. Place in muffin pans, I use silicone so do not grease them. Bake at 180oC for 20 min, or about 15 min for mini muffins. Variations:

  1.  omit berries or banana if desired
  2. Choc chip: add 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Pancakes A family favourite recipe, these are quick and easy. Your child can help by tipping in the measured ingredients and stirring the bowl. Ingredients:  1 cup Self Raising Flour 1egg milk, about 1 cup Method: Place flour and egg in a bowl.  Gradually add in enough milk to make a thick batter, generally about 1 cup.  Mix well. It is important to let the mixture stand for at least 30 minutes for light and fluffy pancakes. Cook with a small amount of oil in a hot fry pan. Serve: We serve with sliced banana and strawberry (frozen berries if they are out of season). Add a splash of maple syrup if desired. Reheat: These reheat quite well in the microwave.

Muesli Slice Recipe from Frost Bite: Easy Cooking for Your Freezer Yummy homemade muesli slice, the oats help make it low GI. Ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup rice bubbles 4 crushed weetbix 1 cup coconut 1/2 cup sultanas 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup golden syrup 1/2 cup peanut butter 125g melted butter Method: Children can help crush the weet bix. Add oats, rice bubbles, weet bix, coconut and sultanas to a bowl and mix. Put sugar, golden syrup, peanut butter and butter in a saucepan and stir continuously over low heat. Once sugar is dissolved bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly then add carefully to the dry ingredients. Press into a lined slice tin. Refrigerate until set.

Yummy Easy Biscuits Recipe from Frost Bite: Easy Cooking for Your Freezer These are quick, easy and very yummy. Not too healthy, a definite sometimes food. They are fun to make as children can help. Ingredients: 180g Softened Butter 1 cup Caster Sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup Self Raising Flour, sifted 1 1/2 cup Plain Flour, sifted Method: Preheat oven to 180oC. Beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the egg and beat well. Stir through the flour. Make walnut size balls and place on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper. Flatten the balls slightly. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool on wire racks. Decoration:

  1. Jam: Before baking, push a finger in the middle of each biscuit to create an indent, fill this with jam, then bake. Top up with jam when still hot straight from the oven.
  2. Icing and sprinkles: For pink icing use 3 raspberries (put in about a tablespoon of water for 20 seconds in the microwave). In a bowl combine icing sugar, 1 tablespoon of butter, raspberries and enough water to make a paste. Get your children to help ice biscuits when cool, then add sprinkles.  We use the back of a teaspoon to spread icing (safer than a knife).

Tip: Put biscuits in the fridge for about 10 minutes before baking and this will stop them spreading out too much. Jobs for children: Emptying measuring cups into mixing bowl, mixing and putting the decorations on. Licking the bowl.

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