Snack Time Recipes

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While working with children in preschool and daycare settings for over 15 years, I accumulated quite a collection of recipes for snack time. If you see something that is lacking proper credit, please inform me. I do attempt to include many that are high in nutrition value but I do include some that are simply decedent as well. Many of these recipes are very easy and I often involved the children in snack preparation. Please use your good judgement in selecting recipes based upon the age, interests, and possible allergies of the children in your care. For young children be wary of snacks that may pose a choking hazard such as hotdogs, peanuts, popcorn, etc. Also remember it is advised that children under the age of one are not fed foods containing honey.

Dipping Delights

Fruit Dip
  • 1 8 oz. yogurt
  • 1 T. orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
Directions: Blend all ingredients well.

Peanut Butter Dip
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 T. peanut butter
Directions: Mix well. Use for dipping banana slices.
Dill Dip
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 t. dill seasoning
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 cup grated onion
Directions: Mix all ingredients well. Chill.
Guacamole Dip
  • 1 big ripe avocado
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 T. mayonnaise
Directions: Blend well. Add chopped onion, garlic and salt to taste.

Yummy Drinks

Red Raspberry Rouser
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries, thawed
  • 1 container (8 oz.) raspberry yogurt
  • 1/3 cup chilled pineapple juice
Directions: Blend all ingredients well.
Purple Cow
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened grape juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 mashed banana
Directions: Blend all ingredients well.
Fruit Shake
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/8 t. vanilla
  • 2 cups milk
Directions: Blend all ingredients well.
Grape Fuzzy
  • 1 container (12 oz.) plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 6 oz. can thawed grape juice concentrate
  • Ice
Directions: Fill blender 3/4 full with ice. Blend until foamy and icy.
Phantom Floats
  • 1 quart grape juice
  • 1 quart lime juice
  • 1 quart lime sherbet
  • whipped topping
Directions: Fill glass half-full with grape juice. Add scoop of lime sherbet. Add ginger ale until glass is almost full. Stir. Spoon on a glob of whipped topping.

Sweet Tooth

Pudding Jewel
Prepare 1 box of instant vanilla pudding according to box directions. Add 1/8 cup drained pineapple chunks and 1/8 cup drained mandarin orange segments.
Cheese Danish Toast
Spread 1 T. of ricotta or cottage cheese on a slice of bread. Sprinkle on 1 t. of sugar and a peach slice if desired. Toast under broiler.
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mandarin oranges (drained)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (drained)
Directions: Mix all ingredients together and top with shredded coconut and tiny marshmallows. Chill well.
Monkey Bread or Scooby Snacks
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 package canned biscuits
Directions: Tear the biscuits into 2-4 pieces. Layer all ingredients, in order. Place in a baking pan. Bake for 10-20 minutes at 400-425 degrees.
A Day at the Beach
  • 8 oz. cup of fruit-flavored yogurt
  • 8 oz. tub of whipped topping
  • 10 oz. bag vanilla wafers, crushed)
Directions: Place one tablespoon of crushed wafers into 7 oz. cups. Stir together the yogurt, whipped topping, and half of the crushed wafers Fill cup 3/4 full with yogurt mixture. Top with remaining crushed wafers. Refrigerate.
Waffle Sandwich 
Directions: Spread ice cream in between two thawed frozen waffles.

More Yummy Snacks

Fruit Kabobs
Cut a carrot into long match like sticks. Spear different fruit on each stick. Examples: Banana slices, Peach slices and Berries.
Pirate Boats
It is tuna fish on a half of a hotdog bun. Stick a triangular piece of cheese on a pretzel stick for amast.
Rainbow Toast
Pour several small cups of milk, add a variety of food coloring. Use new, clean paint brushes to paint on white bread. Try not to let the bread get too soggy. Toast your pictures and eat.
Space Rocket
Place a pineapple ring on top of a lettuce leaf. Place 1/2 banana in the middle of the pineapple ring. Decorate the base of the rocket with cottage cheese.
Bugs on a Log
Spread peanut butter in celery and arrange raisins on top. You can substitute cream cheese for peanut butter.
Banana Boats 
Peel a whole banana and cut out one wedge the full length of the banana in the center. Add about 2 T. of peanut butter all along the inside where you cut it. Use chocolate chips or M&Ms for people.
Cheese Balls
Soften cream cheese with a little milk; form into balls. Roll in chopped peanuts.
Cheese Squares
Beat 1 egg, 1 jar of cheese whiz and 1/2 lb. of butter until smooth. Spread this mixture over 1-inch bread cubes. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
Mini Pizza
  • 1 container canned biscuit dough
  • 1 t. grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 T. tomato sauce
  • 1 t. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 small pepperoni
Directions: Flatten a biscuit and spoon tomato sauce on it. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on sauce. Put pepperoni on cheese. Sprinkle meat with Parmesan cheese. Bake in toaster oven for about 10 minutes.
Butterfly Salad (Serves one)
  • 2 Pineapple rings
  • Cottage cheese
  • Green olives sliced in 1/2
  • Food coloring
  • Celery stick
Directions: Slice pineapple rings in 1/2 to use a an outline of the butterfly's wings. Use celery stick as the body. Place cottage cheese inside of pineapple ring. Decorate the cottage cheese with food coloring. (You can also add carrot sticks for antennae.)
Moon Balls
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 2 cups dry milk
  • 3 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (separated)
Directions: Reserve 1/2 cup cracker crumbs. Mix other ingredients together and roll into small balls. Roll balls in remaining crumbs, put a cookie sheet. Chill.
Egg Boats
  • 7 hard-cooked eggs
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/3 cup cream style cottage cheese or mayonnaise
  • 1/4 t. dry mustard
  • Cheese slices
Directions: Cut eggs lengthwise and remove yolks. Make egg salad mix by adding all ingredients except the cheese. Place the yolk mixture into white halves. For sail, attach toothpick to triangular slice of cheese.
Apple Sauce
  • 2 lbs. cooking apples, pared, cored and chopped
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 t. nutmeg
  • 1 t. lemon juice
Directions: Boil apples in 1/2 cup water until soft. Add seasonings and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Baked Apples
  • 6 medium apples, cored
  • 6 T. brown sugar
  • 6 t. margarine
Directions: Place 1 T. brown sugar and 1 t. margarine in each apple. Wrap with foil and place in baking pan. Bake in 350 oven until soft.
  • 1 oz. sliced lunch meat
  • 1 T. cheese spread
  • 1 t. sunflower nuts
  • pretzel sticks
Directions: Use the cheese and nuts as a spread. Roll up lunch meat and secure with a pretzel stick.
Peanut Mallow Chews
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 3 cups marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 5 cups corn puffs cereal
Directions: Melt butter and marshmallows over low heat. Stir in peanut butter and melt all together. Remove from heat, fold in cereal. Pat into pan with buttered hands. Cool and cut squares.
Cheese Wheat Snack
  • 7 1/2 cups mini shredded wheat
  • 5 T. melted margarine or butter
Directions: Mix ingredients and sprinkle liberally with grated Parmesan cheese. Spread on baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
Grasshopper Guts
  • 3 cups chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 6 oz. package of butterscotch chips
Directions: In a saucepan, melt butterscotch chips over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove chips from the heat. Stir in peanuts and chow mein noodles. Drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper and cool. Makes 30-40.
Pigeon Poop
  • 5 cups peanut butter crunch cereal
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies
  • 2 cups skinny pretzels/broken in half
  • 2 lbs. white chocolate
  • 2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
Directions: Mix all dry ingredients in large bowl. Melt white chocolate in double boiler. Pour over dry ingredients and spread out on wax paper to cool. Break into chunks.
Popcorn Balls
  • 10 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups marshmallows
  • 1 cup butterscotch pieces or chips
Directions: Melt butter and marshmallows over low heat. Stir in butterscotch and pour over popcorn and peanuts. Using buttered hands, form balls. Place on waxed paper to cool.
  • 3 cups uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 2 T. cinnamon
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
Directions: Mix dry ingredients and coat with honey oil and vanilla. Bake on a baking sheet at 330 degrees for 20 minutes.
Caramel Crunch
  • 28 vanilla caramels
  • 2 T. milk
  • 2 cups puffed oat cereal
  • 1 cup peanuts
Directions: Melt caramels milk over a low heat. Pour over cereal and peanuts. Using buttered hands shape into balls and place on wax paper to cool.