It’s 3.58 pm. A slow tension starts to brew in the pit of my stomach. In about 120 seconds, my mild-mannered, reasonably well-adjusted children are going to transform into two loud, ‘hangry’ monsters of Hulk-sized proportions. 

It’s 4 pm. And all hell will soon break loose. 

It’s every mother’s post-lunch dilemma. We spend so much time planning perfectly nutritious meals; we tend to skip over snack time. Packaged goods like wafers, biscuits and other store-bought munchies make an appearance, and your kids fill up on junk. However, with a little careful preparation, the 4-pm snack time can be nutritious yet delicious. And those starving little devils transform back into sweet, well-fed cherubs. 

Your fortnightly snack menu

Here’s how you can keep your kids happy and satiated, with these following recipes. Here are 2 weeks’ worth of ideas so that you can plan ahead. 

#1 Avocado on toast

This is the favourite snack among the millennial crowd (and we know how picky they are!). You can enjoy it plain, or you could get creative with toppings. It tastes delicious either way.

Ingredients (serves one):

  • Small, ripened avocado – 1
  • Whole wheat toast – 2 slices
  • Garlic flakes – 1/4 tsp 
  • Extra virgin olive oil – 1/2 tsp 
  • Dried chilli flakes – 1/4 tsp
  • Chopped onions or tomatoes (optional) – 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste


  • Toast the whole wheat bread
  • Cut the avocado and remove the pit.
  • Remove the avocado flesh with a spoon 
  • Mash an avocado and sprinkle salt 
  • Mix the olive oil with chilli flakes & garlic and pour over the mashed avocado
  • Gently smear the avocado paste on the toast
  • Add the chopped onions or tomatoes on top.

Cooking time: 10 minutes 

#2 Poha in milk 

This is the perfect desi substitute to processed cereal and tastes even better. 

Ingredients (serves one):

  • Poha – 1 cup 
  • Milk – 150 ml
  • Date or jaggery syrup – 1 tbsp
  • Sliced almonds, pistachios or raisins – (optional)


  • Dry roast the poha gently on a tava 
  • Mix in the date or jaggery syrup, along with the nuts/dry fruits 
  • Pour in the warmed milk and serve immediately 

Prep time: 10 minutes

Note: You can also swap the poha for puffed amaranth 

#3 Coconut cookies with jaggery 

If your little one can’t live without biscuits, here’s a recipe you can make together, and enjoy together.

Ingredients (serves four):

  • Whole wheat flour — 1 cup
  • Desiccated coconut — 1/4 cup
  • Baking powder — 1/4 tsp 
  • Ghee — 3 tbsp 
  • Elaichi powder — 1/2 tsp
  • Jaggery powder — 100 gms
  • Water — as needed
  • Butter/oil — for greasing the baking tray


  • Heat the microwave or oven to 180 degree Celsius 
  • Mix the whole wheat flour, coconut and baking powder, and then add the ghee
  • Add in the elaichi and jaggery powder 
  • Mix some water in to make a dough
  • Once the dough is made, make small balls using your palms
  • Slightly flatten the balls and place inside the greased tray
  • Bake at 180 degree Celsius for 25 minutes
  • Rest the cookies for a minute or two, then serve when cooled

Cooking time: 35 minutes

#4 Homemade eggless mayonnaise 

A spoon of mayonnaise can elevate any ordinary sandwich into a kid-happy snack. Dice up veggies like potatoes or carrot, or even a boiled egg, mix in the creamy mayo and voila!

Ingredients (serves four):

  • Olive oil — 1 cup
  • Full fat, cold milk — 1/2 cup
  • Sugar — 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice — 1 tbsp
  • Vinegar — 1 tbsp
  • Salt — as needed


  • Pour the oil into a blender
  • Add the milk 
  • Next, add the sugar, lemon juice, vinegar and salt
  • Blend all the ingredients for 8-10 minutes
  • Once the mixture thickens and becomes smooth, the mayo is ready

Cooking time: 10-12 minutes

#5 Baked sweet potato chips

Who knew something this crunchy could be this healthy? Baked sweet potato crisps are heaven sent when your child is craving something sinful. 

Ingredients (serves two): 

  • Large sweet potatoes — 3
  • Olive oil — 2-3 tbsp 
  • Sea salt/rock salt to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 120 degrees Celsius
  • Peel the sweet potatoes (optional) 
  • Make thin slices (you can even use a vegetable peeler if your knife skills aren’t very good)
  • Place the pieces in a bowl and slowly add a little olive oil till every piece is coated
  • Sprinkle salt over the chips 
  • On a tray, place the baking paper and then lay the pieces down flat
  • Bake for 2 hours at 120 degrees Celsius, while turning the wafers over at the halfway mark
  • Once wafers have crisped up, cool and serve with tomato sauce or hummus

Note: You can also try other veggies like zucchini 

Cooking time: 2 hours 15 minutes

#6 Capsicum and corn cheese toast 

Anytime, our kids eat their veggies as part of a snack; it’s a win for us. This yummy treat is the perfect snack for those 4-pm hunger pangs. 

Ingredients (serves one):

  • Peeled corn — 1 tbsp
  • Grated cheese (can mix different cheese) — 2-3 tbsp
  • Diced capsicum — 1 tbsp
  • Butter — 1 tablespoon
  • Whole wheat bread — 2 slices
  • Salt to taste (optional)


  • Preheat the microwave or oven to 180 degrees celsius 
  • Butter the bread slices on one side
  • Add the grated cheese and veggies on top of the bread (also sprinkle salt if needed)
  • Bake the cheese toast for 8-10 minutes
  • Once the cheese melts, take the toasts out and cool
  • Serve immediately with ketchup 

Cooking time: 20 minutes

#7 Homemade fruity popsicles

These are ideal for hot summers but can be enjoyed all year round. They are also perfect for when your kid’s craving something sweet.

Ingredients (serves two): 

  • Watermelon/muskmelon/pear (any 1 or more fruit) — 250 gms
  • Honey/jaggery/raw sugar (optional) — 2 tbsp
  • Moulds or ice tray for storing the popsicles


  • Mash your chosen fruit into pulp
  • Pour the sweetening agent and mix well
  • Fill up an ice tray or mould pulpy juice into an ice tray or a popsicle mould
  • Wait for the lollies to freeze overnight
  • Serve the next day at snack time 

Quick Snack ideas

Here are easy 10-minute recipes for those times when you don’t have time

#8 Paneer with chaat masala 

  • Cut the paneer into bite-sized cubes (or even exciting shapes like stars or hearts)
  • Coat each piece of paneer with a sprinkle of chaat masala and serve

#9 Boiled peanuts with chaat masala 

  • Boil 250 gms of peanuts in the pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles (10-15 minutes)
  • Cool, sprinkle chaat masala and serve

#10 Mix fruit salad

  • Slice or dice any three fruits: apple, banana, anar, chickoo, pear, etc.
  • Add one or two spoons of fresh cream and mix 

#11 Tawa-fried rotis 

  • Smear a dollop of ghee over leftover rotis from lunch
  • Bake the rotis on the tava till they turn crisp
  • Enjoy plain or sprinkle jaggery powder over the roti

#12 Homemade peanut butter

  • Grind roasted peanuts in the mixer for 4-5 minutes till they turn into a paste (don’t stop at the powder stage, keep going)
  • Add salt along with honey or jaggery powder to sweeten the butter
  • Mix well and serve on toast, khakras or even apple slices 

#13 Gud chana 

  • Melt jaggery pieces on a medium flame
  • Pour the syrup over roasted chana
  • Add salt, a pinch of haldi and chilli powder 
  • Serve when cool

#14 Khakra pizza 

  • Dice up one small onion and tomato
  • Grate two to three tablespoons of cheese
  • Spread evenly across the Khakra surface and enjoy 


You don’t want to be attacked by your kids’ roaring stomachs at 4 pm. Stay ahead of the game and keep a weekly or forthrightly menu ready.