Background: My 10 month old has been Paleo (plus cheese) since birth. We could literally count the times she has had non-Paleo foods on one hand. She typically eats whenever and whatever I do, so unless you count when she nurses, she hardly ever snacks.
Today during a play date, my babe discovered my friend's puffs/crackers. She. Flipped. Out. You would have thought I was starving her. She completely rejected my offers of snacks (freeze dried mango). I'm thinking it was the texture or maybe the salty taste - she's not very impressed with sweets. Also, I have to say I envied the convenience too - THEY AREN'T STICKY like fruit or messy like cooked vegetables.
SO, is there any Paleo recipe for a baby-friendly cracker/chip/Goldfish-like snack?
Edit - I'm not looking for a Paleo-cheetos. Maybe I went the wrong direction with this post. Instead, I'm searching for a portable, not messy snack that is achieved by SAD crackers/creepy Gerber puffs.
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She's 10 months old. Wave something shiny in front of her face and she'll forget about the snack. I don't think it's a good idea to get kids used to crunchy crispy "paleo-ized" versions of junk food. Keep feeding her real food. I have an 18-month-old and when he gets ahold of some other kid's goldfish cracker or chip, I take it away and offer him his healthy, real food snack. Of course he fusses and initially rejects the spinach bite or meatball, but when he realizes I'm not changing my mind, he either accepts the snack or forgets about it and goes and plays.
Since she eats cheese, what about those baked parmesan chip things? (this is what I mean: http://www.mealsmatter.org/recipes-meals/recipe/8867)
Hmm.. what about making your own "goldfish" crackers? I've seen teeny cutters in fish, and other shapes, and if you just change out what goes into the mix you could do a wide variety. Fold in cheese, herbs, etc. I would totally do one batch, see how they go, then do a double batch, divide the dough, make a couple different flavours, bake then freeze so you're not having to go crazy in the kitchen all the time - just pull out the treats as needed.
Actually, you could even play with extracts and aromatic waters, maybe some orange blossom water with a little orange zest and make little sweet ones with maybe a teeny hit of raw honey. Sorry.. am thinking as I'm writing :) Good luck!!!
Here is Mark Sisson's cracker recipe:
2 cups blanched almond flour; ¾ teaspoon celtic sea salt; 2 tablespoons Herbes de Provence 1 tablespoon olive oil; 2 tablespoons water
In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt and and Herbes de Provence
In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil and water
Stir wet ingredients into almond flour mixture until thoroughly combined
Roll the dough into a ball and press between 2 sheets of parchment paper to ⅛ inch thickness
Remove top piece of parchment paper
Transfer the bottom piece with rolled out dough onto baking sheet
Cut dough into 2-inch squares with a knife or pizza cutter
Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes, until lightly golden
Let crackers cool on baking sheet for 20 minutes, then serve
My little guy has been crazy about seaweed snacks and nori sheets since he was about 9 months old. We just make sure to rip it into small enough pieces to keep him from choking. He really likes beef jerky if it is broken down into 1/4" or smaller bits too. We haven't tried them yet but I keep meaning to get a bag of the teeny tiny dried fish they have for sale at the asian grocery store we go to. They look like they'd satisfy salty crunchy cravings.
I know this isn't really an answer but your question legitimately makes me wonder (as a childless person), do children really need to have snacks? I just don't understand why we treat children like they're going to wither up and float away if they don't eat more than just the normal 3 meals a day. When I think about what it must've been like as a Hunter-Gatherer I can't imagine the cave people's babies were constantly snacking.