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As I pick my daughter up from kindergarten, pretty much the first thing she says as we walk back to the car is “I’m hungry”. It doesn’t matter how much food we have packed in the bag for the day, she always says the same thing. I don’t think it’s really about hunger at all, it’s more of a habit she has got into and she thinks she has to eat.
- If the kids love their chips, but your looking for a healthier option, try these baked zucchini chips. They are a great alternative.
- Bacon mini quiche is another easy, quick and satisfying snack that the kids will love.
Like most moms, I don’t want my daughter to be eating lots of processed foods, but when it comes to quick and easy, this can often be the way to go. None of us are perfect and whilst I would like to think that I will only give my kids the most healthy foods available, I know that I have to toss up the reality of what she will actually eat and what I have the time to make for her.
So now that I have admitted that I am not the perfect parent, and can only do my best, these cheese puffs are a pretty good compromise.
They also make the perfect snack for kids that love to cook. Not only does it give my daughter an activity to undertake when she arrives home, but she also has the pleasure of eating one of her own creations.
I know what your thinking, ‘my kids can’t wait that long for food’. Well these cheese puffs are so incredibly quick and easy to make, it definitely makes them a win win choice!
I’ll reiterate here that these are SUPER easy to make. When my daughter first made them she was only 2 and she had a whole heap of fun. She is such a perfectionist that the milk/egg had to be brushed perfectly into every corner with every last scrap of shredded cheese making it onto the pastry sheet. She is far more dedicated in the kitchen than I am!
So after having fun making them, she was super keen to eat them (which is always a bonus when trying to feed fussy toddlers). They are pretty amazing straight from the oven, but also just as yummy when cold (provided that they last that long!). This is when her addiction for cheese puffs started and hence why I find them to be an easy ‘go to’ food straight after kindergarten.
Whip Up The Cheese Puffs In No Time At All
I hope that I am being clear that these cheese puff’s are the easiest snack to make. But if you still don’t believe me, let me demonstrate.
They consist of two sheets of puff pastry, 50g cheddar cheese, 1 egg and a dash of milk. It’s a 4 ingredient snack!
To make simply place one sheet of puff pasty onto a chopping board and cover with some combined milk and egg. Next sprinkle the cheese over the entire layer of pastry and cover with your second sheet.
Brush some more of the combined milk and egg onto the top of the pastry sheet and cut into fingers. I did say it was easy!!
Gently twist the pastry fingers and lay them onto a baking tray. Cook in a preheated oven at 180c for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
It’s as simple as that. This is a snack that the kids will love. It is quick, easy and delicious!
If you would like the recipe for a quick reminder, then you can print it off below.
The great thing about this recipe is you could literally adapt it to pretty much anything you like. The cheese could be substituted for something sweet if you preferred. I also made some banana puffs with a sprinkle of brown sugar. They were totally delicious too.
Use your imagination and see what delicious flavor you can come up with!
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So there you have it. Cheese puffs that can be whipped up in minutes; are ‘relatively healthy’ and is a great snack for after the kindergarten or school pick up. Trust me, when you start making these, you are going to go back to them time and time again.
The thing I love about these too is that you can really be creative with the types of flavors you make. What variations are you going to try?