As mamas, we're always looking for the most nutritious options for our kids. And as more and more research continues to connect the dots between probiotics and healthier babies and children, all the better when we can find simple snack ideas that naturally incorporate them.
One of the easiest ways to up your child's probiotic consumption? Incorporating more probiotic-rich yogurt into their diet (like this delicious version from Califia Farms).
Here are five simple snack recipes, from our talented friend and personal chef Angie Morales (AKA the Real Food Mama), to get the job done. And don't worry if you want to sneak a bite too—we won't tell!
1. No-bake Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
- 1/4 cup Califia Farms Strawberry Probiotic Dairy Free Yogurt Drink
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups cashews, soaked overnight and drained
- Whole strawberries
- Slivered almonds (optional)
- Cut off the tops of the strawberries and hollow out the inside with a paring knife.
- Blend drained cashews in a food processor or blender on high until they achieve a creamy consistency.
- In a bowl, combine the yogurt, cashew blend and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth.
- Fill each strawberry with the cheesecake filling using a spoon, knife, or a piping bag.
- Garnish with slivered almonds on the top and refrigerate for at least 1 hour
2. Tropical Yogurt Pops
- Califia Farms Mango Probiotic Dairy Free Yogurt Drink
- Fresh fruit of your choice like blueberries, sliced kiwi or diced mango
- Pour yogurt into popsicle molds about halfway and add some of the fresh fruit
- Freeze for about 45 mins until the mixture is hardened
- Pour yogurt into the other half of the popsicle molds and add more fresh fruit.
- Freeze for at least 2 hours, then serve!
3. 4-Ingredient Strawberry Biscuits with Nut Butter Drizzle
- 1 cup self-rising flour
- 3/4 cup Califia Farms Strawberry Probiotic Dairy Free Yogurt Drink
- 1/2 chopped strawberries
- Nut butter of your choice like almond, peanut or even sunflower butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a cookie sheet
- Mix flour and yogurt well until a loose dough forms
- Fold in chopped strawberries
- Using a large cookie scoop or spoon, heap dough about 2 inches apart from each other
- Bake for 15 mins
- Using a spoon, drizzle nut butter over the biscuits and serve!
4. Chocolate Probiotic Chia Pudding
- 1 cup Califia Farms Unsweetened Plain Probiotic Dairy Free Yogurt Drink
- 3 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- Coconut flakes, sliced bananas or chocolate chips (optional)
- Add the yogurt, chia seeds, cacao or cocoa powder, and maple syrup to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a bowl and garnish with coconut flakes, sliced bananas or chocolate chips
- You may also store overnight and eat the next morning for a quick breakfast!
5. Chocolate Sea Salt Energy BallsIngredients:
- 3/4 cups raw cashews
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 3/4 cups medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs, or chocolate chips
- Pinch of sea salt flakes
- In a food processor, blend cashews and cocoa powder until it turns into a flour consistency
- Add in dates, almonds, coconut oil and cacao nibs or chocolate chips and blend well until it becomes a dough-like consistency
- Break off the equal size pieces and roll into a ball, place on wax paper and sprinkle sea salt flakes over each ball.
- Allow it to harden in your fridge for at least 1 hour
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
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