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Kid’s Snacks

Get ahead of your kid’s cravings before they come back from school and start nagging you about what there is to eat, with these healthy vegan snack recipes. We tend to gravitate to the same old recipes when to comes to snacking, and kids tend to get bored of it. Having a healthy snack list that also is delicious will curb your child from having unnecessary junk and his hands would not reach for the chips, crackers and cookies every time he’s hungry.

How does crunchy, fruity, chewy or cheesy vegan snacks sound? Being a vegan parent comes with its own challenges, it is already tricky enough to put a whole meal for adults, now creating a meal that is both nutritious and appealing so the kids don’t pick at it is sure to be 10X more difficult. Feel like you are putting together a never-ending food puzzle? These recipes will uncomplicate your meal prep.:


Crispy Chickpeas

A healthy alternative if your kid is a salty snack person that splurges on vinegar dipped potato chips. This crispy, crunchy perfectly spiced roasted chickpeas will hit your kid’s salty snack craving.

Ingredients

  • Chickpeas - 2 cups
  • Olive Oil - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Curry powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Chilli flakes - 1 tsp
  • Dried oregano - 1 tsp
  • Garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Corriander - a few

Directions

  • Soak the chickpeas overnight in water ( At least for 7-8 hours)
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius
  • After draining the chickpeas, whisk the garlic paste, salt and chickpeas together
  • Bake them on a baking sheet with olive oil
  • Once roasted, coat the chickpeas with all the herbs and spices ( it could be your own combination as well)
  • Serve it with chopped onion and herbs.

Salsa with Pita Triangles

Salsa is a mouthwatering dip any time of the year, but the speciality of it stands out in the summer when it is made with fresh and juicy tomatoes.

Ingredients For Salsa

  • Chopped tomatoes - ¾ cup
  • Chopped Onion - 1 medium
  • Green chillis - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - ½ tsp
  • Smoked paprika - ½ tsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Salt - ¼ tsp
  • Pepper - ¼ tsp
  • Coriander - ½ tsp

Salsa Directions

  • Transfer the chopped ingredients together in a food processor
  • Add ground spices and salt as required
  • Add lemon juice to make it more tangier
  • Close the lid and process it into a chunky blend

Ingredients For Pita bread

  • Fluffy pita bread slit in half - 2
  • Sesame seeds - 2 tsp
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Dried oregano - 2 tsp
  • Smoked paprika - 2 tsp
  • Garlic paste - 1 tsp

Directions For Pita

  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius
  • Mix oil, smoked paprika and garlic in a bowl
  • Cut the pita into equal triangles
  • Brush the pita with olive oil
  • Sprinkle the sesame seeds and dried herbs over the pita chips
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes
  • Once crispy, serve with salsa

Fried Tofu Fingers

If your kid is a big fan of fried food, these crispy baked tofu nuggets tossed in flavoursome sauces can't get more healthier. It’s a great way to enjoy nuggets without meat.

Ingredients

  • Tofu - 1 block

Bread Crumb Mixture

  • Bread crumbs - 1 cup
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1 tsp
  • Sea salt - ½ tsp
  • Ground pepper - ½ tsp
  • Nutrional yeast flakes - ½ tsp
  • Coating
  • Corn starch - ½ tsp
  • Vegan milk - 1 cup
  • Apple cider vinegar - 1 cup

Sauce

  • BBQ sauce - ⅓ tsp
  • Melted vegan butter - 2 tsp

Directions

  • Cut the tofu into slices, wrap them in paper and put a heavyweight over it. Set aside for an hour or overnight until the tofu looks dry and ready to be cut into fingers
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius
  • Take 3 bowls - in one bowl mix all the bread crumb mixtures, 2nd bowl put only corn start. Mix apple cider vinegar and vegan milk in the third bowl
  • Take one tofu finger - dip it in cornstarch then the milk mixture and repeat the process. Coat it with breadcrumbs at the end
  • Follow the same with all the tofu fingers and bake them for 30- 40 minutes
  • Once crispy, coat them with BBQ sauce and bake for another 5 minutes ( this is optional)
  • Serve with dip and enjoy

Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas

A smart way to get your kids to eat some fruit. Fruit popsicles will get them falling in love with nutritious juicy seasonal fruits and create a positive association towards healthy food.

Ingredients

  • Banana - 2-3
  • Chocolate Chip - 1 cup
  • Coconut oil - 2 tsp
  • Crushed nuts - 1 cup

Directions

  • Cut a peeled banana into several portions and insert a toothpick - popsicle style
  • Freeze the banana
  • Melt the chocolate chips with coconut oil
  • Dip the banana in the syrup and top it with crushed nuts
  • Enjoy!

Potato Fritters

A classic continental recipe that is apt for an afterschool snack. Made with a handful of easily available ingredients, it is super scrumptious. Ketchup or mint chutney goes best with it.

Ingredients

  • Red lentils - 3/4th cup
  • Chopped onion - 1 small
  • Garlic - 2 cloves
  • Potatoes - 2 medium
  • Carrot - 1 medium
  • All purpose flour - 5 tsp
  • Smoked paprika - ½ tsp
  • Regular paprika - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper to taste

Directions

  • Peel and grate the potatoes and carrots. Cook them along with the red lentils
  • In a bowl, add the cooked potatoes carrots, onion, garlic, lentils and all of the herbs. Mash them all together and make them into patties
  • Shallow fry them in a non-stick pan and serve with dip.

Kids can be the pickiest eaters who outrightly reject everything healthy. Make those spinaches into chips and veggies into patties, they’ll gobble them up in minutes.


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