Along with a new school year comes new classes, new teachers, and new friends. Before you know it, your kids will be rushing home with their classmates toting overnight bags in hand because it’s slumber party time! Since sleepovers are often filled with more munchies than zzz’s, you’ll want to dish up a few fun, tasty, and healthy options. Here are my go-to slumber party snacks for when my kids ask to have a few friends over:
Haloumi Cheese Fries
My latest obsession: Halloumi cheese! In case you haven’t tried it yet, it’s a brined cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk. I keep a stock of this stuff in my fridge and add it to pretty much everything — salads, kebabs, wraps, crackers, etc. But it’s also great simply sliced into long, French fry-like strips and pan-fried. Frying it creates a slightly crunchy exterior with a soft yet somewhat chewy texture. Trust me, it’s a satisfying snack that your kids and their best buds will go wild over!
Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn
Air-popped popcorn is a tummy-filling, low-calorie treat (roughly 30 calories per cup). So, if you’re looking to serve a healthier alternative to potato chips then grab some plain popcorn kernels and pop them either on the stove or in a machine like the WhirleyPop. Bump up the fun by melting some dark chocolate and drizzling it on top! Watch as my son, Eitan, and I create the perfect party treat:
Dark Chocolate Truffles
Speaking of chocolate treats, these guilt-free truffles are a definite crowd-pleaser (among both adults and kiddos). Made with wholesome coconut milk, they’re easy to whip up and adapt to your preferences. Why not add some colored sprinkles for the weekend’s festivities?!
If you’re in a pinch for time then you can easily grab a bag of trail mix at your local grocery store and serve as is. But, if you have a chance to make your own batch then try this mixture: gluten-free pretzels, assorted toasted nuts, dried cherries, and dark chocolate chips. The combo is straight-up yummm!
Here’s a fun tip: Put each ingredient in a separate bowl and let the kids assemble their own treat bags. I did this for my son’s 5th birthday party and it was a huge hit! Check it out:
Fro Yo Pops
These fro yo pops are a cross between a yogurt parfait and an ice pop. Using a large popsicle mold, simply layer yogurt (I use dairy-free), fruit, seeds, and granola. Get flexible by playing around with your kid’s favorite flavors and healthy add-ins – there are no rules here! My advice? Make a bunch in advance and keep them stocked in your freezer so a delicious and nutritious treat is ready when your little guests arrive!
Kids love pizza … and parents love when their kids reach for something healthier than a greasy slice. Enter: Mini tortilla pizzas! They’re made with mini corn tortillas, bottled marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and desired toppings. Assemble and bake to perfection. Yes, it’s that simple! If you want to get fancy then break out the cookie cutters to create adorable shapes. Try stars, hearts, animals, and anything else your kiddo is into at the moment!