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Christmas is, in many ways, like Thanksgiving in that your kids may not like what’s being served. You might be able to get them to eat pasta for example, but fish, prime rib or any type of fancy side dish can be a tough sell. Even if they do eat, you may still be looking for some easy appetizers and finger foods for them and everyone else to munch on. That’s why I compiled this list of 10 easy Christmas snacks for kids which are all delicious, will satisfy the pickiest of eaters, and are the perfect addition to your holiday spread.
1. SMOKY ROASTED CARROT DIP
Kids love dips and with this Smoky Roasted Carrot Dip, you’ve got a ton of flavor and creamy goodness. Pair it with whole grain tortilla chips, mini-pitas, celery sticks or broccoli florets, and you have a healthy, delicious option for kids to nosh on.
2. CHAI SPICED PECANS
Candied nuts are a holiday tradition and these Chai Spiced Pecans are the perfect way to add some festivity to your holiday table. A good source of fiber, protein and healthy fats kids need, they’re a snack you can feel good about serving up. With just a few simple ingredients, and less than 15 minutes to make, they’re also one of the best easy Christmas snacks for kids.
3. 1-BOWL CHOCOLATE ORANGE COOKIES
If you’re looking for a quick and easy cookie recipe, these 1-Bowl Chocolate Orange Cookies do not disappoint. No mixing, no creaming the butter and no waiting to chill the dough. These cookies use minimal ingredients, take just 10 minutes to prep and are bursting with goodness.
4. EASY & HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
These Easy & Healthy Peanut Butter Balls are sweet and salty (my favorite), no-bake and can be made ahead of time. For a gluten-free option, use gluten-free oats or coconut flour.
5. CRUNCHY ROASTED CUMIN CHICKPEAS
There’s no doubt kids love finger foods and these Crunchy Roasted Cumin Chickpeas make some of the best easy Christmas snacks for kids. High in protein and fiber, you can adjust the spices to suit your kid’s taste. The best part is that they only take 5 minutes to prep and it’s a dish your kids can help you make.
6. EASY CHRISTMAS FRUIT KABOBS
When it comes to easy Christmas snacks for kids, it doesn’t get better than these Easy Christmas Fruit Kabobs. With 4 simple ingredients, lots of natural sweetness and just 10 minutes to make, they’ll be a hit with your kids and guests alike.
7. CHRISTMAS COOKIE CUTTER TORTILLA CHIPS
When I discovered this recipe for Christmas Cookie Cutter Tortilla Chips, I was really blown away by blog founder Lyndsay’s creativity. With just 4 ingredients, these chips are a great alternative to store-bought versions and they’re gluten-free. Serve them solo, with salsa or guacamole, and they’re sure to be a hit with the kiddos.
8. GLUTEN-FREE WHITE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT PRETZELS
With all the amazing desserts and treats around Christmastime, following a gluten-free diet can be tough. That’s why I love these Gluten-Free White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels. Salty and sweet, and oh so festive, these treats call for just a few ingredients and only take 20 minutes to make.
9. CHRISTMAS CANDY CANE COOKIES
When I was a kid, my mom made these Christmas Candy Cane Cookies every year and I loved them. With yummy peppermint flavor and plenty of festive color, these cookies will look like you spent hours in the kitchen.