Cooking together as a family is a great way for parents to bond with their kids. So the next time your kiddo comes home from school, consider putting together some snack recipes as a fun and delicious afternoon activity!
Here are three easy snack recipes from local chef, Josephine Gardell. Gardell is a health supportive chef who combines traditional preparation techniques using whole foods. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC, Gardell has been working as a natural foods chef and cooking instructor for kids and adults since 2016.
Homemade Bagel Recipe
You can make deliciously chewy bagels in your own kitchen with only a few basic ingredients.
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, whole wheat or gluten-free mix
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup full or non-fat Greek yogurt
1 egg white, beaten
(optional toppings: everything bagel seasoning, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried garlic flakes, dried onion flakes)
- Preheat oven to 375 F. Place parchment paper or a silpat on a baking sheet. If using parchment paper, spray with oil to avoid sticking.
- In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk well. Add the yogurt and mix with a fork or spatula until well combined. It will look like small crumbles.
- Lightly dust flour on a work surface and remove dough from the bowl, knead the dough a few times until dough is tacky, but not sticky, about 15 turns (it should not leave dough on your hand when you pull away).
- Divide into 4 equal balls. Roll each ball into 3/4-inch thick ropes and join the ends to form bagels. (or you can make a ball and poke a hole in the center then stretch it slightly)
- Top with egg wash and sprinkle top with seasoning of your choice. Bake on the top rack of the oven for 25 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes before cutting.
Make Your Own Almond Butter
All you need is raw almonds, a food processor and 15 minutes.
Process almonds and scrape the side of the bowl every couple of minutes or as needed. The whole process should take 12-15 minutes. Stop when almonds are smooth and creamy and all of the oils have been released. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Homemade raw almond butter will keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. Add to smoothies, enjoy on toast, sliced apples, bananas or celery sticks.
Cherry Grape Poppers
If you love the sweet and sour combo, you’ll love this 2-ingredient fruit snack. All you need is grapes, (any variety), and cherry Jello powder.
Place one packet of cherry-flavored Jello powder into a small bowl. Wash grapes and remove from stems. Place loose grapes in a bowl of cool water. Insert a toothpick into the top of the grape, and roll in cherry Jello powder. Place on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper, freeze for 20 minutes and enjoy. Store any leftover grapes in a ziplock bag in the freezer.
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