Perfect for the beach, the car or the couch
When Spring Break is in full swing you might find yourself with the daunting task of entertaining children of various ages for an entire week. This might mean that your family is enjoying a few uninterrupted days of relaxation during a “stay-cation,” or maybe you’re hitting the road for the beach or the mountains. Either way, you’ll need to find ways to keep your kids happy and fed, so why not find a way to do both?
Creative Spring Break snacks are the perfect way to occupy idle hands in the kitchen, or satisfy cravings on long road trips. From simple to savory, these snacks will feed the troops and fuel the fun.
On The Road: The days of fast food stops are long behind us. We have more opportunities to create our own road trip recipes, especially with kid-friendly dishes the whole family can create. After you pile your family into the car for your annual Florida trip, drive right past the gas station snacks and try out some of these homemade treats instead.
Sweet Popcorn Snax
On a long car ride, food is one of the best ways to keep minds distracted, hands busy and mouths occupied. This Sweet Popcorn Snax recipe from Clabber Girl’s kitchen is a lip-smacking, savory combination of sweet and salty.
10 cups popped corn (not microwaved) 1 1/2 cups salted peanuts 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/4 cup corn syrup 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. vanilla
In a large bowl, mix together the popped corn and peanuts. In a saucepan melt the butter; stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Boil for another 3 minutes; remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla. Pour mixture over popcorn and nuts, stirring to coat evenly. Spread mixture in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 250 degrees F. for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and cool on wax paper or aluminum foil.
Whoopie Pies (Gluten Free!)
These soft mini cakes with creamy vanilla buttermilk filling can halt any backseat argument. Quell repetitive chants of “Are we there yet?” with a delicious car ride cake that is sure to please palates of all ages.
For the whoopie cakes:
1 1/4 cup rice flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder, dutched
2/3 cup tapioca starch
1 tablespoon xanthan gum-optional*
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
For the filling:
8 tablespoons butter
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
4 teaspoons vanilla
2-3 tablespoons milk
In the Kitchen: If your family is staying put this Spring Break, kitchen activities are a great way to occupy kids of all ages. Cooking brings your family together, laughing over culinary concoctions that teach teamwork and creativity, along with reading and math skills.
Maple Granola Bars
It’s no secret that granola bars are an essential for school lunches and soccer practice snacks. But that doesn’t mean they have to be packaged! Try these fresh, sweet and homemade granola bars. They put store-bought granola to shame.
Chewy High Protein Carb-Busters Candy
Got a house full of high-energy teenage boys that need some wrangling this Spring Break? Put them to work in the kitchen making these healthy, yet tasty, high protein candy treats. An ideal snack for growing boys, these nuggets are chocked full of honey, nuts, cumin, chili powder and other delicious raw ingredients that wow the taste buds and boost the immune system.
2/3 cup honey
2 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal, plain and unsweetened- any puffed grain cereal may be substituted*
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup roasted nuts-almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews or a combination
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon allspice
pinch of salt
Whether you’re home or away this Spring Break, we know one thing… it’s bound to be sweet!