Friday, July 21, 2017

Easy Summer Snack for Kids

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I'll admit it. My kids are munch-aholics. If it's salty and crunchy, they're into it. So I've tried to find some alternatives to chips.  And then I remembered a snack from my childhood. Did you ever put those little oyster crackers in your soup? They were a snacktime fixture for me growing up. Using them and two other ingredients, we created a yummy summer snack that the kids could help prepare.

Total preparation time for these ranch oyster crackers was only about 30 minutes, start to finish. I love how quick and easy this recipe is.

1 bag oyster crackers
1/4 cup vegetable oil
ranch seasoning packet
garlic powder (optional)

How to:
Dump the oyster crackers into a gallon sized ziploc bag.

Add vegetable oil and contents of the ranch seasoning packet. Seal the bag, allowing a little air to be contained inside. Shake the bag vigorously and shuffle the crackers around with your hands to try and spread the oil and ranch seasoning onto all of the crackers.

When sufficiently mixed, spread the crackers out onto a baking sheet. We opted to shake a touch of garlic powder onto them for added flavor, but this is totally optional.  Bake at 250 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Remove from oven once the crackers have browned slightly, let cool, and enjoy! I can't believe how much my picky eater kiddos raved over these!

You could also easily add some pretzel sticks, cheese crackers, or corn/rice cereal to this recipe to create a full snack mix. I think we'll do this next time. It only took two days for these crackers to be gone and they're already asking to make more.

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