Healthy snacks for children: 5 recipes

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Live one a day as a child is really tiring: in the morning at school you have to play, have fun, grow, learn many new things, get involved, make friends. Then there is the afternoon, made up of sports, homework, study, catechism, errands with mum, dad, grandparents or, in short, the grown-ups. It just never stops.

To have the right energy and enjoy all these activities to discover the world, you need to nourish yourself properly. If mothers and fathers are usually more knowledgeable about breakfast, lunch and dinner, come on snack on the other hand, there is a tendency to have more difficulty in finding balanced and greedy options at the same time. So here are five healthy snacks for children, sweet and savory, which are also very greedy.

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1. Chestnut recipe with pine nuts

Il castagnaccio is a typical Tuscan dessert of "once": easy, not too sweet and easy to prepare. Naturally gluten-free and vegan (then also dairy-free e without eggs) is soft and moist, a bit like American brownies.

Every family in Tuscany has its own version, here we propose the one reported in the book "Natural recipes from weaning to 6 years" (by T. Valpiana and M. Parona, red!), Which is included in the recipes suitable for children from 3 to 6 years, but those who have passed the age of six will certainly like it too (and even for a while).

Preparation time

40 minutes

Ingredients for people 8

  • 3 glasses of chestnut flour
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 spoons of pine nuts
  • rosemary
  • Salt to taste


Pour the chestnut flour into a bowl and gradually add water and a little salt until you get a smooth, lump-free and rather liquid batter. Stir with a whisk as you add water.

Grease a low-sided pan with oil and pour the dough into it, it should be about a couple of centimeters high. Sprinkle the surface with pine nuts and a few needles of rosemary and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes.

The chestnut tree is ready when there is a slight crust on the surface, which will begin to crack.

2. Spelled tartlets recipes with extra virgin olive oil

Le tarts I'm just a great classic of the snack and could not miss in our collection of healthy snacks for children. Unlike the packaged ones, these proposals by the dietician Alice Cancellato are prepared with the spelled flour - which is less refined than 00 - and theolive oil, in order to be suitable even for children intolerant to dairy products.

Preparation time

45 minutes + 30 rest of the pastry

Ingredients for about 8-10 tarts

  • 300 g of spelled flour
  • 100 g of sugar
  • 90 g of delicate extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • jam to taste, preferably 100% fruit


The procedure to prepare these tarts is really simple: put all the ingredients in a bowl and knead with your hands until you get a homogeneous dough. If you are unable to compact it, add one or two tablespoons of milk (even vegetable) to help you. Wrap the dough in cling film and let it rest for about 30 minutes.

After this time, take small portions of dough and roll them out with a rolling pin to form discs. Place the discs in the tart molds covered with baking paper and stuffed with the jam.

Decorate with strips of pasta to draw the classic wire rack and cook for about 30 minutes at 180 degrees (pre-heated oven).

3. Recipe for the pear and walnut cake

A nice cake is ideal in the afternoon: you can prepare together if maybe it is raining outside and it is not possible to do activities with the children and then adults and children can make us a snack and maybe even breakfast the next day, if you are not too greedy.

This recipe from "The Children's Kitchen"(by L. Rossetti and C. Cagnin, Blu Edizioni) provides a mix of wholemeal flour e Bianca, the sugar cane e many pears. We bet it will taste just as good with apples too?

Preparation time

20 minutes + 60 of cooking

Ingredients for a 26-28 cm diameter cake pan

  • 4 pears 

  • 4 eggs 

  • 200 g of cane sugar 

  • 125 g of butter + to taste for greasing the pan
  • 125 g of whole wheat flour
  • 125 g of white flour 

  • 1 untreated orange 

  • 50 g of chopped walnuts 

  • 1 sachet of baking powder


Peel the pears, cut them into six wedges, remove the core and set them aside (if necessary you can sprinkle them with lemon juice to prevent them from blackening). Also butter the pan and keep it ready.

Now take care of the dough: separate the yolks from the whites and work the reds in a bowl with the sugar, until they are frothy. Also add the butter at room temperature and continue to work the mixture. Also add the sifted flours and orange zest and mix the dough. Finally, whisk the egg whites until stiff and gently incorporate them into the cake.

Now that the dough is ready, pour half of it into the pan and stuff with the slices of pears and walnuts. Cover with the remaining dough and bake for about 60 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 degrees.

4. Recipe of the super soft chocolate plum cake without butter and without eggs

La chocolate snack is the favorite of many children. If then, as in the blog recipe Thyme and Lentils, is without butter and without eggs, without dairy products, with type 2 flour and little sugar will also appeal to many mothers and fathers looking for a healthy snack for their children. All that remains is to turn on the oven and prepare this soft plum cake, perhaps even with the help of the children.

Preparation time

15 minutes + 35 minutes of cooking

Ingredients for people 8

  • 150 g type 2 flour
  • 70 g maizena
  • 1 sachet of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 40 g of bitter cocoa
  • 100 g of cane sugar or 150 g of rice malt
  • 300 g unsweetened almond milk or other vegetable milk
  • 30 g of mild olive oil
  • 40 g of dark chocolate chips


Turn on the oven and let it heat up while you prepare the plumcake. Start with the flour: sift it with the cornstarch, the yeast, the salt in a large bowl. Also add the sugar and mix it with the other dry ingredients.

Pour the milk and oil into the dough and use an electric whisk to obtain a smooth and homogeneous mixture. Finally, add the chocolate chips.

Bake for 35 minutes at 180 degrees in the now hot oven.

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5. Beetroot hummus recipe

And what to offer to children who love the salty snack? L 'hummus, a delicate and tasty chickpea cream. In this case the blog Golosani proposes it enriched with beetroot, which also gives a beautiful color to hummus. You can serve it on toasted bread, on small triangles of piadina, with raw vegetables to dip in the sauce: what do you choose?

Preparation time:

10 minutes + time to boil the beets

Ingredients for people 4

  • 200 g of raw beets (they are about 2 small beets, alternatively use the precooked ones found at the supermarket)
  • 200 g of boiled chickpeas
  • 50 g of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini (sesame cream)
  • 1/2 clove of garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • dill, thyme and lemon juice for garnish


Wash the beets and boil them with the peel until soft. Peel them and cut them into small pieces. Blend the beets with the chickpeas, oil, tahini, garlic, salt and paprika until you get a thick and homogeneous sauce. Eventually add a little water at a time to help you blend.

Garnish with the thyme and dill and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Updated on 10.10.2022

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