Cheap and Easy After School Snacks
Posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 10:29 am
After a long day of learning your kids are sure to be craving something delicious when they get home, but as a parent you want your kids to eat healthy (and cheap). Good news! You can have it all: delicious, healthy, and cheap after school snacks that are easy to make. Keep these simple recipes courtesy of FoodNetwork.com handy when you have hungry kids heading home from school!
These are simple to make and very versatile! Plus, it’s a great way to use up stale bagels instead of throwing them away and wasting food. Slice bagels into thin rounds then brush the tops with melted butter. Bake at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes, then flip the bagel chips, brush with melted butter, and repeat. You can use any bagels for these chips, and you can also dress them up for more exciting chips. Try sprinkling cinnamon raisin bagels with cinnamon and sugar while baking for a sweet treat. Or brush plain bagels with garlic butter and top with Parmesan for an Italian take on the snack.
This crunchy, healthy snack is sure to be a hit with your kids. Take a 15-oz can of chickpeas and drain them. Then cook them in an ovenproof skillet with two tablespoons of olive oil, one teaspoon of smoked paprika, and one teaspoon of cumin. Cook for about two minutes, season with salt, then bake for about 20 minutes at 425 degrees.
Split a whole wheat pita into two rounds then cut into wedges. Broil the pita wedges until golden, sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese and salsa, and broil until the cheese melts. Yum!
It’s easier than you think to make your own granola bars. Plus, when you make them yourself, you can customize them to make a treat your kids really love! Melt two tablespoons of butter in a saucepan, and add 1/3 cup of honey, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, and a pinch of salt. Next mix in two cups of rolled oats, 1 cup of your choice chopped nuts, 1 cup of your choice dried fruit, and 2 tablespoons of wheat germ. Press the mixture into a parchment lined 8″ pan then bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool, slice into bars, and serve!