As I put on my winter jacket for the first time this year and stuck my hand in the pocket, out came a very old granola bar and some empty fruit snack wrappers. I wish someone had told me that the role of a mom would be synonymous with family snack dispenser, open 24/7! Every pant, jacket and shirt pocket is always filled with snacks.
Heaven forbid I arrive at school pick-up without a snack in hand. A ravenous little one is no joke. And after finishing the first snack course, they’re always looking for more when we get home. So I stock my kitchen with a wide variety of snack options, and they are definitely not all homemade. I always make sure to have some convenience items on hand for those 3:30 pm munchies. Because no one wants to face a hangry toddler unarmed!
Some of our favourite toddler snack ideas:
Dried Fruit – Apricots, dates, cranberries, and their number one favourite raisins can always be found in my cupboard. My kids can down raisins like nobody’s business.
Fresh Fruit – I’ll wash berries, cut up grapes, and peel some oranges when I get home from the grocery store. That way, fresh fruit is always prepped and ready for snacking.
Cheese and Crackers – This also happens to be one of my all time favourite snacks. I pick up whatever crackers catch my kids eye and have some cheese strings (for them) and old cheddar (for me) cut up and ready to go.
Granola Bars – Sure, you could make your own, but honestly, I just don’t have time for that. So I always have a box of nut-free granola bars on hand for easy on-the-go snacks and school lunches.
My children’s new favourite snacks are muffins. Muffins of all shapes and sizes, from oatmeal to blueberry to these Double Chocolate Muffins. While baking a batch of granola bars can be a bit time consuming and finicky, these muffins are the exact opposite. There are only 10 ingredients, and I bet you have them all in your kitchen right now. They’ve got whole wheat flour for some fibre, Greek yogurt for a dose of protein, and chocolate chips for added deliciousness. The kids gobble these up – so do yourself a favour and bake up a double batch and store them in the freezer. A quick zap in the microwave and you’ve got homemade muffins any day of the week.
Double Chocolate Muffins
Makes 9 large muffins
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder
¾ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup 2 % milk (or any milk you have on hand)
¼ cup canola oil
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9-12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray
- In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl whisk together eggs, yogurt, milk and canola oil
- Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined. Add in chocolate chips and mix to evenly distribute.
- Divide muffin batter evenly among 9 muffin cups. Bake for about 20 minutes, until muffins are cooked through. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from tins and let cool completely.