These adorable Rudolph Rice Cakes are fun and easy to make with the kids and a GREAT healthy Christmas snack for toddlers and preschoolers.
You're going to want to make these these Christmas peanut butter rice cake snacks because they are:
- Super cute
- Healthy snacks for kids, loaded with nut butter (hello protein and healthy fats!)
- Easy to make (no cooking!)
- Fun to make with kids - I am a big proponent of cooking with toddlers!
This blog is mostly focused on overcoming picky eating, food aversion, and sensory issues in picky toddlers and young kids. The more I encourage my son to help me with preparing his snacks and touching various ingredients in the kitchen, the more he is willing to try new foods!
Getting my son (or many other picky eaters) to touch peanut butter or almond butter can be challenging, but he is more willing to participate in a food activity if we make cute shapes or have fun stories to tell while we're playing with food. This is a great recipe for us to make together and get him to try rice cakes and nut butters, even though those are not his preferred textures.
And maybe after a few times of making Rudolph snacks, my son will be willing to eat a regular rice cake with nut butter, or even a cracker with nut butter! That's the goal, anyway. 🙂
Just make sure you read up on testing babies for food allergies and do NOT give your child nut butters (or other new ingredients) without your pediatrician giving you the thumbs up.
Ready to get started? Here's what you will need:
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- Rice cakes (the larger circle kind, more on that below)
- Nut butter of your choice (such as almond butter or peanut butter)
- Small pretzels for antlers
- Candy eyes (or use chocolate chips)
- Red DOTS candy for the nose (or use a chocolate kiss and make them "regular" reindeer rice cakes instead of Rudolph-themed)
Ingredient notes and tips:
→ Rice cakes: If you want a healthier snack with whole grains, use brown rice cakes. Otherwise, any plain or flavored rice cakes would work for this snack!
→ Nut butter: Use any kind of nut butter you like, such as peanut butter or almond butter. If you want to keep this on the healthier side, look for a nut butter that has minimal ingredients, such as almonds + oil, or peanuts + oil, or simply peanuts. But at the end of the day if your child only likes sweetened peanut butter, I believe fed is best. Go with the sweetened peanut butter!
Let's make these Rudolph rice cakes!
Simply spread the nut butter over the rice cake (get your child to help!). Then place the pretzels, candy eyes, and DOTS candy to make a cute little Rudolph face.
Other Christmas activities you will love:
Other fun easy snacks your kids will love:
- 4 rice cakes
- 4 tablespoons peanut butter
- 8 mini twist pretzels
- 8 eye candies
- 4 candy DOTS noses
- Spread the nut butter over the rice cake.
- Place two pretzels on the rice cake as antlers. Place a DOTS candy on the rice cake as a nose. Then place the two candy eyes on the rice cake. Enjoy!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g
The nutritional information provided is just an estimate and will vary based on the actual ingredients you use. If you are tracking nutrition for yourself or your child, check with a nutritionist, dietitian, or pediatrician about whether this recipe is right for you or your child.