Is your kid a junk-food junkie, or a super picky eater? As a parent, it’s sometimes a challenge to get kids to eat snacks that are actually good for them.
Sometimes, you’ll need to get creative and sneak in healthy foods without them noticing. Substituting dried fruit for candy is a great way to start. In fact, raisins are nicknamed “Nature’s Candy” and offer a ton of nutritional benefits including fiber, iron, calcium, and antioxidants.
Not sure you can convince your kid to enjoy raisins? Check out these fun recipes with raisins that they’re sure to love!
Apple Raisin Oatmeal
Starting the morning off with a delicious bowl of apple raisin oatmeal will help give your child a boost of energy and keep him full all morning long. Best of all it’s easy to make!
- Chop up two medium apples
- Add the apples and 2 ½ cups of water to a saucepan and bring it to a boil
- Stir in 2 cups of dry rolled oats and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- Once the pot starts to boil again, reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 3 minutes until it’s reached your desired thickness
- Pour the oats into a bowl, top it with a splash of milk and ¼ cup of raisins
Cake Batter Popcorn Mix
Whether you’re looking for a fun snack to enjoy while watching a family movie or a decadent after-school snack, you can’t go wrong with cake batter popcorn mix.
- Pop a bag of popcorn in the microwave or on your stovetop
- Mix the popcorn and 2 cups of raisins together in a large bowl and set it aside
- In a medium-sized pot, melt 3 tablespoons of butter over low heat
- Once the butter is melted, add 3 cups of mini marshmallows and stir until the marshmallows are melted
- Add ½ cup of powdered cake mix to the butter and marshmallow mixture
- Pour the mixture over the popcorn and raisins and stir gently to coat them
- Add in ¼ cup of colored sprinkles
- Spread the mixture on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
- Put ¼ cup of white chocolate chips in a separate bowl and microwave in 30-second increments until they’re melted
- Pour the white chocolate over the popcorn mixture
Once the chocolate is cooled, this delicious treat is ready to serve!
Most people have heard of the snack “ants on a log,” made with celery, peanut butter, and raisins. You can take this one step further with this fun “bug bites” recipe.
- Begin by cutting clean stalks of celery into 3-inch pieces
- Fill some of the stalks with peanut butter, some with hazelnut spread, and some with cream cheese
- Top the logs with regular raisins, yogurt-covered raisins, chocolate-covered raisins and/or fruit-flavored raisins
These snacks are fun and easy to make. Let your kids help you come up with interesting combinations and they’re more likely to want to enjoy them with you.
Raisin Energy Snacks
Packed with healthy ingredients, these raisin energy snacks are a tasty treat you can feel good about serving to your kids any time.
- Begin by adding four egg whites and ¼ cup of sugar in a large bowl and whisking them together until smooth
- Beat in 4 teaspoons of vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and ¾ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Stir in 2 cups of plain granola, 1 cup of raisins, 3 tablespoons of toasted wheat germ, 3 tablespoons of raw sunflower kernels, and 4 tablespoons of sesame seeds
- Coat a baking pan (9 x 13 inches) with non-stick spray and add the mixture, gently packing it down into an even layer
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes
When the bars come out of the oven, carefully loosen the edges with a spatula, then turn the pan upside down over a wire rack. Allow the whole thing to cool, then cut it into 4-inch squares and serve.
Pinwheel Roll-Up Sandwiches
Kids love finger foods, and these pinwheel roll-up sandwiches are the perfect way to sneak in some extra-healthy ingredients.
- Start by spreading a tablespoon of cream cheese on one half of a 10-inch wheat tortilla
- Top the cream cheese with a few slices of thinly sliced turkey meat
- Spread a thin layer of honey mustard on top of the turkey meat
- Top with ¼ cup shredded carrots and 2 tablespoons of raisins
- Roll up the tortilla tightly, then slice into bite-sized pieces
You can also wrap the uncut roll-ups in plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve them. This is an easy way to keep healthy snacks on hand so they’re easy to grab when you need them.
If you have some extra time and want to get creative, these apple ladybugs are a fun snack idea the kids are sure to love!
- Start with several small red apples, washed thoroughly
- If you have an apple corer, remove the cores then cut the apples in half. Otherwise, cut them in half, then carefully remove the core and seeds
- Place the apple halves skin-side up on a plate or tray
- Add small dabs of peanut butter to the skin and top with raisins (to look like a ladybug’s spots)
- Top one end of a small pretzel stick with a raisin, then carefully place the other end into the apple, making two “antennae”
These ladybugs are so cute, they’re also perfect for serving at a kid’s birthday party!
Take Your Recipes with Raisins to the Next Level
Now that you have some great recipes with raisins, you might wonder if there’s a way to make them even better. The answer is yes!
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