My Top 5 Never-Fail Three-Ingredient Toddler Snacks

I might be the only one, I really don’t know, but I feel like half of my day is spent either distributing “snacks, SNACKS, SNAAHHHHHCKS” to my kids and/or throwing together some form of meal as fast as I possibly can desperate and hopeful that they may actually eat it. And it may not end up on the floor. Or in the pug’s mouth. I mean, is that normal?

To be fair, my gal is pretty easy. She will eat almost anything and really prefers vegetables and fruit over carbs. My son, however, is unpredictably picky. One day he will sit and eat an entire bag of carrots talking non-stop about how delicious they are. The next day when I offer him carrots he is likely to gag them up all over the kitchen table. In other words–he’s 3.

So I’ve created a list of my never fail’s because maybe there’s other parents like me who are struggling to not serve Tyson fun nuggets for every meal. If it  isn’t made by Kraft with the directions “Just Add Water” but they insert, chew and swallow then yes, its a freaking keeper. In all honesty, I am not crazy about what my kids eat. They get plenty of macaroni, trust me. But I do generally try to hold their diet standards to my own and keep meals simple with a nice balance of protein, fat and lots of carbs for their immeasurable energy.

Banana Pancakes

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You will need:

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 2 eggs
  • ground cinnamon
  1.  Oil and heat a pan, just as if you were making traditional pancakes.
  2. Combine banana and eggs in a bowl and mash with potato masher or fork.
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon into mixture for taste.
  4. Pour and cook on both sides. Serve just like pancakes. I top ours with coconut oil and sugar free syrup usually but berries, butter or even adding chocolate chips would be delicious.

(I double this recipe for my two kids so I use 2 bananas and 4 eggs. They both eat a ton of it.)

Homemade Popsicles

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You will need:

  • Popsicle molds: we have these and my kids are obsessed
  • Fresh fruit, juice, or yogurt –be resourceful
  • blender
  1. Blend whatever “fillers” you have lying around. Our favorite is to blend greek yogurt with strawberries and fill the molds half way. Then blend greek yogurt with blueberries and top them off to create different color popsicles. I have shamelessly blended just water and some fresh pineapple and they loved it. I will use whatever fruit I need to get rid of. If it is in rocket ship popsicle form they don’t discriminate. It’s like magic.
  2. Freeze 1-4 hours.
  3. Run molds under hot water for about a minute or until the top slides off easily before eating.

“Fancy” Banana Sandwiches

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You will need:

  • banana
  • peanut butter
  • toothpicks optional
  1. Slice banana.
  2. Smear peanut butter on to half of your slices and press two together to create a “sandwich”.
  3. If Baby Sis is asleep I let bro have toothpicks. He can handle it. She however is not to be trusted with toothpicks. That decision is up to you. I swear he feels fancy as hell eating snacks off of toothpicks though.

Greek Yogurt and Fruit Preserve

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You will need:

  • Greek yogurt
  • fresh fruit puree -OR- let’s get serious, I usually just use a strawberry preserve
  1. I don’t really feel like directions are necessary for this. Mix and eat.
  2. Let me just add this:
  3. Greek yogurt is a seriously beneficial snack for anybody, not just kids and
  4. it sticks to everything like concrete. You will find it on your fireplace, in your hairbrush, smeared on your cabinets and painted to your wood floors.
  5. Pick your battles, folks. If it’s healthy and they’re diggin’ it then I deal with the mess.

 

Tortilla Pizza

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You will need:

  • tortillas
  • pizza sauce
  • toppings: shredded cheese, turkey pepperoni, veggies, chicken, pork, italian seasonings, etc. Like everything else I try to use up leftovers for these.
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spread pizza sauce on tortilla.
  3. Top with cheese and toppings of choice. This is a great way to sneak in some healthy bits for your picky eaters. Also, my oldest likes to make his own. This gives him control and makes it more likely that he’ll eat the entire thing because HE made it (so it’s amazing, of course).
  4. I place directly on the center oven rack and bake for about 7 minutes. Watch closely.
  5. Remove with large spatula and let cool for a minute before slicing into eighths like an actual pizza.

These are probably my favorite because they are a great meal and I always put these in tupperware for Harbor’s school lunches.

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  1. Jenn

    May 27, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Ok tried the banana pancakes this morning…. I felt like the consistency was off so basically the kids got banana flavored eggs LOL

    1. kimberly.kahanek@yahoo.com

      May 30, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Some recipes call for 3 eggs to 1 banana. Maybe it depends on the size of your eggs and bananas? Haha!

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