No-bake snacks and breakfasts for children: 5 recipes

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If in winter it is easy to prepare one snack o a delicious breakfast (maybe home-made) based on cakes and biscuits worthy of Grandma Duck, in the summer with the heat things get a little more complicated.

An (artisanal) ice cream is sometimes good as a snack, just as fruit and yogurt are suitable for breakfast or mid-afternoon snacks, but what to offer to children that is different from usual, but does not involve turning on the oven?

Here five recipes to breakfasts and snacks without cooking that will entice even the most inappetent children to eat.

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1. Recipe of cream cheese with croutons

There are children who from an early age they prefer the savory taste to dessert. This solution, taken from the book "Healthy and fast recipes for busy mothers" (by C. Lombardini, Aliberti Publishing Company) is suitable for them and is good both as breakfast and as a snack. The plus point? Even the little ones can be involved in the preparation of the cream cheese.

Preparation time

10 minutes


  • 200 g of robiola
  • 150 g of goat's milk cow's milk
  • 50 g of soft cheese
  • 4 oil sandwiches
  • thyme, marjoram, parsley and chives
  • a nut
  • salt and pepper

Put all the cheeses in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and mix well with a wooden spoon until the mixture is smooth and homogeneous. Now add the finely chopped herbs and mix them into the cheese cream. If you want to serve a scenographic breakfast or snack, line a small bowl with cling film and fill it with the cream, pressing it firmly. Cool in the freezer for 5 minutes and in the meantime toast the sliced ​​bread. Turn the cream cheese dome upside down on a serving plate, decorate with the crumbled walnut and serve with the croutons.

2. Recipe of carrot truffles without cooking

Greedy candy based on ... carrots! These truffles, prepared by the Moretto's Chefs blog, are a delicious and fresh snack or ideal to enrich breakfast. Since they can also be frozen, they are perfect for preparing in advance and then kept ready for emergencies.

Preparation time

10 minutes + rest time in the fridge


  • 3-4 carrots
  • 100 gr of mixed nuts (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds ...)
  • 7 pitted dried apricots
  • 60 gr of rapé coconut
  • 1/2 tablespoons of water (if needed)
  • Cinnamon to taste (or vanilla, cocoa, cardamom ...)
  • Rapè coconut for the topping (or sesame seeds, cocoa, almond flour, grated chocolate etc.)

After having washed, peeled and cut the carrots into large pieces, put them in a mixer or in a food processor with dried fruit, dried apricots and coconut. Blend everything until you get a homogeneous and workable mixture. If it remains too sandy, add one or two tablespoons of water; vice versa, if it is too wet, add more coconut. Transfer the dough to a bowl and place the grated coconut on a flat saucer. Take a small portion of the dough, form a ball by rolling it in your hands and then pass the ball into the coconut. Proceed in this way until the dough is finished and let the truffles cool in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours before serving.

3. Strong tower recipe

Ruby Roth, author of the book “The little green spoon” (Probe publisher) proposes two fun ways to eat fruit. The first is by stacking it with almond and cocoa cream. It will be a bit like eating the famous spreadable cream with hazelnuts, but much tastier and healthier. The second is with apple and almond or peanut butter, to feel a bit in the USA. Why not get yourself help from the children to build these towers, making breakfast or snack time extremely playful?

Preparation time

10 minutes


  • 1 banana
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of almond butter (this is a spread obtained only from almonds blended for a long time and is found in organic shops and in the most well-stocked supermarkets)
  • ½ teaspoon of cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon of agave syrup (which can also be replaced with simple liquid honey)


  • 1 apple
  • 2 tablespoons of almond or peanut butter

For the strong banana tower, prepare a cream by mixing the almond butter with the cocoa and the agave syrup. Cut the banana into slices and spread a little cream on each slice. Stack the slices. For the apple version, wash the apple, cut it in half and then into slices. Proceed as for the banana tower, alternating the apple slices with pure almond or peanut butter.

4. Raw fruit tartlet recipe

This recipe is very special and suitable for children who do not want to give up tarts and mothers who do not want to turn on the oven. It is about raw sweets, food philosophy that provides that foods are not cooked, prepared by chef Angelo Domaneschi in the book "Crudo & Felice" (Trantran publisher).

Preparation time

15 minutes

Ingredients for the cream

  • 120 ml of water
  • 100 g of pitted dates

Ingredients for tartlets

  • 200 g of almonds previously soaked and drained from the water
  • 100 g of pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla powder
  • 2 tablespoons of grated lemon zest
  • 1 pinch of whole sea salt

Blend it and keep it aside. Also blend the ingredients to prepare the tartlets and, with the help of a pastry cutter, form discs of about 8-9 cm in diameter and others about a centimeter. Spread the date cream evenly on the tartlets and then stuff with your favorite fresh fruit.

Read also: Plum tarts

5. Recipe of cocoa jellies

The blogger mother of Una Jam di Foto, dietician and photographer, can only create something good, beautiful and healthy. The secret of these jellies, more suitable for snack that probably not at breakfast, is theavocado, which makes them creamier. They are ideal for adults who can indulge in a sin of gluttony without guilt and children who can enjoy ice cream a little more often and even at home.

Preparation time

10 minutes + freezing time


  • ½ avocado
  • 1 banana i matura
  • 2 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon of agave syrup or two medjoul dates
  • Coconut or almond milk
  • Greek yogurt sweetened with a little agave syrup

To prepare these jellies, blend the avocado with cocoa, banana and agave syrup. Adjust the consistency with coconut or almond milk. Fill the popsicle molds ¾ and finish with the yogurt. Insert the stick and place in the freezer.

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