3 Airline-friendly snacks for kids

Claire Gallam

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Traveling with kids is never easy; however, traveling with hungry kids is downright impossible. Keep your kids' hunger at bay on long (or short) flights by packing one of these salty and sweet snacks you can make at home!

Cinnamon sugar popcorn

These kid-friendly snacks are not only easy to make, but they pack and stay fresh for hours! You'll have no need for overpriced chips or hamburgers when you can feed your kids one of these natural and fresh recipes!

Cinnamon sugar popcorn

Serves about 8

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups popcorn, popped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • About 3-4 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
  • Dash of salt

Directions:

  1. Pour the butter over the popcorn and top with cinnamon sugar. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine and coat.
  2. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.

Easy peanut butter granola bars

Easy peanut butter granola bars

Recipe inspired by Two Peas & Their Pod

Yields about 8 bars

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Chex cereal, chopped
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped pretzels
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, divided

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, heat the first 4 ingredients over medium heat until melted. Once the mixture starts to bubble, remove from heat.
  2. Mix the oats, pretzels, pecans and cereal together. Pour mixture over it and stir to combine. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Cover with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Press the mixture into the parchment paper, smooshing it down with your hands.
  5. Heat remaining chocolate chips in microwave at 30-second intervals until melted. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the bars.
  6. Chill for at least 2 hours. Cut into bars and enjoy!

Spicy snack mix

Spicy snack mix

Yields about 4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Chex cereal
  • 1 cup pretzel squares
  • 1 cup lentil crackers
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Mix the cereal, pretzel and crackers together. Mix the butter, soy sauce, chili powder and salt and pepper together.
  3. Pour the spicy mix over the cereal mix. Pour the cereal mix into a baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes, stirring the mixture 15 minutes in.

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.