My kids love snack time and I usually try to provide healthy choices when it comes to snacks. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely dole out my fair share of goldfish and bunny crackers, which I am sure they would choose above all the healthy options that I try and provide them. Have you taken a look at some of those ingredients? Dare I say that it almost makes me cringe at thought of what I may actually be feeding them. When I really think about it, it’s probably not the best of snacks to be feeding my kids if I have to go look up what the actual ingredients are online.
Thankfully, food writer and photographer Lara Ferroni, from Portland, Oregon , has come out with a wonderful new cookbook, Real Snacks: make your favorite childhood treats without all the junk. Ferroni provides ample recipes for making those not so healthy store bought snacks into chemical and additive free homemade snacks. Plus all the recipes come with vegan and gluten-free options.
The cookbook is broken up into two sections; Real Sweet and Real Salty and has a wide variety of recipes to select from. You can find recipes for cookies, snack cakes, crackers and even chips. The hardest part is choosing which one to try out first.
Real Snacks dip recipes are super simple to make and take no time at all to prepare. Those were the recipes that I chose to try out first. The Bean dip which consists of lentils, was the first one on the list to make and it was delsih. Even my picky four year old ate it and my one year old gobbled it right up. Next up was the Chlie Con Queso dip. This tasty cheesy dip has a nice kick to it thanks to the ½ cup of green chilies.
Most of the other recipes take a little more time to prepare and may require some unique tools but it’s well worth it if it means providing treats that avoid the unhealthy alternative. I have yet to make the animal cracker cookies or the fish crackers, but I assume finding small cookie cutters online would be pretty easy and hopefully not a deterrent from cooking up those most beloved kid snacks (at least in my house) .
Real Snacks even has a recipe for chocolate and orange wafers (similar to Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies). Yum! I haven’t tried this recipe yet but it’s definitely next on my list. The same goes for the Chocolate Cupcakes. These are not just any ordinary chocolate cupcakes; these cupcakes are filled with yummy cream filling minus all the high-fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
I have to say, it has been many, many years since I have had some of these types of snacks. I love the idea that if I do have a hankering for say, I don’t know, a powdered doughnut, that I have a book that provides the recipes to make such delights without all the added junk.
Feel good about what snacks you are feeding yourself and your family and check out Real Snacks: make your favorite childhood treats without all the junk here. You can purchase this cookbook for $19.95 or try your luck and enter to win below. Leave a comment letting us know your favorite childhood snack.
Special thanks to Sascquatch Books for providing a sample to facilitate this review.