Monday, July 16, 2012

Brownie Badge: Snacks

We split our snacks badge up over several meetings, because I didn't want to feed them enough food for a meal in one meeting right before they go home at dinner time. 

The recipes we used were not in the Girl Scout book, but they met the criteria. I wanted things the girls could easily do and have multiple steps, so each girl had a turn in adding something, stirring something, etc. 

1. Jump in to the World of Snacks - discussion about healthy versus non-healthy

2. Savory - Bacon Ranch Dip 
The girls LOVED this dip, as did my co-leader and I. It was easy to mix up. I purchased bacon pieces from the salad dressings aisle, so we didn't have to cook it and crumble it. It was served with Frito scoops and devoured!
Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip 16 oz sour cream1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix½-1 c bacon pieces2 c. shredded cheddar
Mix all ingredients together well. Serve with Fritos scoops.

3. Sweet - Shout Out Dip with Apples
This recipe came from a Girl Scout event we attended in 2011. It's always fun to use cookies that your troop is selling. The downside to this is that starting in 2013, there are no more Shout Outs. But, I think you could use gingersnap cookies. 
Shout Out Dip8 oz cream cheese, softened¼ c white sugar¾ c brown sugar1 tsp vanilla1 c Shout Outs! Girl Scout cookies (or ginger snaps)½ c chopped walnuts (optional)Apples, sliced
Crush cookies in a bag with a rolling pin. Combine cream cheese, sugars, and vanilla in a bowl until smooth. Add crushed cookies and walnuts. Stir until blended. Refrigerate if not serving immediately.Great for dipping apples!

4. Slurp a Snack - Smoothies
There are a million ways to make a smoothie. This is what we went went. I had strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and bananas for the girls to choose from. In order to help with cooperation and collaboration, I had them decide on what fruits to add to the first batch and the second batch. We did taste tests together. 
Fruit Smoothie (3/6/12 meeting)1 c frozen or fresh fruit1 tbls sugar (optional)1 c yogurt½ c to 1 c milk or water1 c ice
Place fruit, yogurt and sugar into blender. Fill with ice about ¾ way. Add a little milk (1/4 c to start) and blend. Add more milk as needed. Serve in glassed with a straw.

5. Energy - Not Just for Breakfast Bars
This recipe was in a Girl Scout cookbook. I used Chex, because they were in the pantry. I also dried (and failed) to add mini chocolate chips over top. The mixture was too warm and the chocolate just melted. The girls still loved it. I did make these in advance of the meeting. We discussed the different ingredients and went through the recipe. I first had the girls guess and tell me what all they tasted in there, even down to the butter and marshmallows which you couldn't see.
Not Just for Breakfast Cereal Bars (3/20/12 meeting)Cooking for Europe: Girl Scout Style6 Tbls margarine3 c mini marshmallows½ c peanut butter½ c nonfat dry milk powder1/4 tsp cinnamon1 c raisins or craisins4 c ready to eat cereal (Cheerios, Chex, Golden Grahams, etc.)
Spray a 2 in. deep 9x9 baking pan with cooking spray. In microwave, melt butter - 45-60 seconds. Stir in peanut butter and marshmallows. Microwave on high for 1 to 1 ½ minutes. Stir until smooth. Add dry milk, cinnamon, raisins, and cereal. Stir until evenly coated. With buttered hands pat mixture into pan. Cool thoroughly and then cut into bars. Makes 16 bars.


  1. Stumbled across your blog and so glad I found it! Thanks for sharing your ideas! I'm a new leader and can use all the help I can get. Thanks again, keep up the good work!!

  2. Did you make all of your recipes at home and bring them in or have the girls make them at the meeting? We meet a library and I'm concerned about making foods, even no bakes at the library.

  3. The only one I made at home was the not just for breakfast bars. The rest were made in our meetings by the girls.

  4. I have been searching the web for an hour trying to figure out the savory snack for Brownies that does not have to be cooked. Thank you!

  5. We're using this for our Snacks Badge and also to teach the Daisies about Brownies at our Bridging to Brownies Workshop - thanks for your great blog, this should be manageable with 40 girls!

  6. We made guacamole at our meeting as the savory snack--girls loved it!!! They even loved the facts that I discussed about avocados!!!!

  7. I get a headache just thinking about foods to serve my troop. We don't have snacks at meetings at all. Between the nut allergy, soy allergy, kosher restrictions, vegetarian restrictions, it just takes the fun out of it all for me when I have to wrack my brain to come up with stuff that fits all the criteria AND that little kids can make at the school AND that they would like! We toured our local grocery store and met with the dietitian and we made hummus with her (savory?) so I need to make some smoothies (not sure where to plug in a blender but we'll see) Could we just go with fruit platter for sweet and have the girls design something out of all the fruit colors? I can't even think of anything for energy bars unless I can find kosher marshmallows and skip the peanut ingredient! UGH!

    1. I don'the know if you already did this but sunbutter is a great alternative to nut butters if the child can do sunflower seeds, for nut free and I think vegan you can get enjoy life chocolate chips and use the energy ball recipe on the smashed peas and carrots website for the energy bars They'll just be balls instead of bars The products I listed are pretty easy to find target carries sunbutter and Walmart carries the chocolate chips(along with tone of other stores ).

  8. I found your blog and LOVE it; I will use some of your ideas. Thank you times a million. If I could give some feedback about your food choices for snacks; I see many kids already struggling with weight.We try to do low-no sugar; maybe juice, usually water and fruit, cheese etc. If/when we make things like a dip we might use carrots or celery instead of high salt/fat chips. and gmo foods are important to stay away from. we just don't know the health risk yet. But I love the blog and you make it easy. The journey books are such a struggle to get through. Thank you for your time and energy.

    1. Everything in moderation. These are not typical snacks.

    2. Everything in moderation. These are not typical snacks.

  9. I'm thinking I'll incorporate the Chex Mix activity you did in World of Girls: Session 3 as our Savory! Thanks for all the great ideas!



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