Creative Snacks

Ever get tired of the same old snacks? You can only eat chips or cookies so many days in a row. Not only that, but most of us are trying to eat healthier these days, and chips and cookies don’t exactly fall into the “healthy” category. Here are some different snack ideas that can satisfy both the crunchy and/or sweet cravings we all get!

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Banana Pops

Banana Pops

Bananas that have just turned ripe

1large tub of strawberry and/or vanilla yogurt
2 cups (approx.) of crushed cereal, such as cornflakes or chocolate rice krispies
Popsicle sticks

Insert popsicle stick into banana. Place yogurt in a pie plate. Place crushed cereal in another pie plate. Coat the banana with yogurt.
Immediately roll the yougurt covered banana in the crushed cereal. Place on a cookie sheet. Freeze overnight.

Try all different combinations! I made mine with vanilla yogurt and chocolate Rice Krispies, and then with strawberry yogurt with Rice Krispies.

Cereal Yogurt

Cereal Yogurt

I accidentally discovered this as I was cleaning up from my banana pops.

1 cup yogurt
1/4 cup cereal or granola

Combine yogurt and cereal and eat. It results in a snack similar to the yogurt-snack mixes you can buy in the store, but is a lot cheaper.

Pretzel-Oyster Cracker Mix

Pretzel-Oyster Cracker Mix

This mix adds a yummy taste to otherwise plain pretzels and oyster crackers.

1 lb of pretzels
1 bag of oyster crackers
1/4 tsp dill weed
1 ranch dressing dry mix
1/4 vegetable oil

Warm up oven to 275 degrees. Combine the pretzels and oyster crackers. Pour in vegetable oil and coat well. Add Ranch dressing mix and dill weed. Coat well. Place onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes (until lightly browned).

Soft Pretzels

Soft Pretzels

My mom made these weekly when I was a kid, but I had forgotten about them. Making them brought back some tasty memories.

1 1/2 c. warm water
1 pkg. dry yeast
4 c. flour
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 egg
1 tbsp. flour

Turn oven on to 425 degrees. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Mix 3 cups of flour, sugar, and salt into yeast mixture. Work in 4th cup of flour by kneading the dough with your hands. Divide dough into equal pieces and roll into pretzel shapes (kids can also have fun making kites, hearts, and even flowers with the dough). Place pretzels in boiling water for approx. 2 minutes (until they rise to the surface). Remove with a spatula and place on cookie sheet.

Beat egg with 1 tbsp of water. Brush tops of pretzels with egg mixture. Add kosher salt. Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes.

For Garlic Pretzels:
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
1 tsp of gralic powder

Sprinkle on top of pretzels that have been poached and brushed with egg mixture.
For Sweet Pretzels: Brush honey on poached pretzels. Bake. Combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1 tsp of cinnamon. Add enough water to make a glaze (1-2 tsp). Brush on top of honey baked pretzels while still warm.

For Sweet Mustard: Add 1/2 cup of honey and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to 1/2 cup of Dijon mustard.

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