I’m always searching for a quick and healthy snack to feed the kiddo. Something other than store bought granola bars, which are super convenient, but really not all that healthy. Especially since the kiddo insists on only eating granola bars with chocolate chips.
I have no idea where he gets his craving for chocolate.
I want to give the kiddo a snack that has staying power, not something that will get him all powered up for 30 minutes, only to result in a major crash, complete with meltdowns in public spaces. I want to give him something that will hold him over until dinner time, not something that has him whining for another snack 15 minutes before dinner is ready.
I want to give him a snack that I can whip up in minutes, with ingredients that I already have on hand. Because I’m not about to run to the store with a hungry and crabby preschooler just for one ingredient. Heck. No.
With canned pumpkin finally lining the grocery store shelves, and filling my cabinets, I have everything I need for a super quick snack, that will leave the kiddo energized, satisfied, and avoid the over-hungry-sassiness that rears its head if I don’t constantly have food on hand.
Pumpkin. Peanut butter. Graham crackers. Mmmmm, mmm! This spread also makes a nice alternative to a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich, plus you are sneaking one more veggie into your kids’ diets. If your kids are anything like mine, you will feed them veggies anyway that you can.
Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Snack
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
Pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (optional)
Graham crackers, plain or cinnamon
In a small bowl mix together the pumpkin, peanut butter and cinnamon/pumpkin pie spice.
Spread the pumpkin mixture between two graham cracker squares.
Leftover pumpkin-peanut butter spread can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
This recipe came from my most favorite kid recipe book in the entire world: 4 in 1 Recipe Book for Kids: Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, and Dinner*.