Mini Tuna Melts (aka the Perfect After School Snack)


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We are into our third week of school (and I still haven’t taken the required first day of school photos ๐Ÿ™ ), and we have ourย breakfast routine down. My kids have also gotten into a rhythm with packing their lunches (I supervise, but they do most of the heavy lifting!).ย The thing we were having trouble with was the after school snack. There probably could have been an after school special devoted to my after school snack quandary. If you don’t know what an after school special is, please don’t tell me, it will just make me feel old.

For me, the after school snack should be a little something that staves off hunger until dinnertime, but also gives my kids enough energy to finish their homework and practice piano. I also want my kids to get into the habit of paying attention to what they eat. When they help prepare their snacks they appreciate their effort, and they’re also more likely to be adventurous with their flavors!

Mini Tuna Melts|Frankly Entertaining

I love the idea of mini tuna melts. Tuna is highย in protein (even keeled energy). It’s alsoย a great source of healthyย fatย (plus for me and the kids!). Besides all of the health benefits, tuna is easy. You open up a can of Bumble Bee and you’re 5 minutes away from a healthy and delicious snack. You can prep the melts in advance, but even if you start from scratch, the whole recipe takes under ten minutes.

Mini Tuna Melts|Frankly Entertaining

This recipe is a great one for kids to help with. They can chop celery, mix the ingredients, scoop the filling onto the crackers and top the crackers with cheese. I keep my younger kids away from the oven (especially when the broiler is on), but up until the final step, it’s all kid friendly! Having the kids help also gets them to experiment with ingredients. We used provolone cheese instead of the traditional American slices. We also used Cajun spices and some olives. If your kids aren’t a fan of olives, swap them out for something they love!

Mini Tuna Melts|Frankly Entertaining

One helpful hint: Keep an eye on the broiler. These take about 4 minutes, but the crackers can brown pretty quickly. If you’re only making a few, you can put these in the toaster oven.

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Mini Tuna Melts

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans Bumble Bee Tuna (I used Chunk Albacore in Water)
  • 1 sleeve butter crackers
  • 1/4 c. diced celery
  • 1/4 c. chopped olives
  • 1/3 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • sliced provolone cheese

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat the broiler and line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or aluminum foil.
  2. Place all the crackers on the baking sheet, spaced evenly apart.
  3. In a bowl combine tuna, mayonnaise, celery, olives and seasoning.
  4. Using a mini scoop, drop one scoop of the tuna mixture on the center of each cracker.
  5. Top each cracker with a square of provolone cheese (slice these to fit the crackers).
  6. Place the tray of melts under the broiler for 4 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Enjoy!

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Mini Tuna Melts (aka the Perfect After School Snack)
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Serves: 21
 
Mini Tuna Melts
Ingredients
  • 2 cans Bumble Bee Tuna (I used Chunk Albacore in Water)
  • 1 sleeve butter crackers
  • ¼ c. diced celery
  • ¼ c. chopped olives
  • ⅓ c. mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • sliced provolone cheese
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the broiler and line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or aluminum foil.
  2. Place all the crackers on the baking sheet, spaced evenly apart.
  3. In a bowl combine tuna, mayonnaise, celery, olives and seasoning.
  4. Using a mini scoop, drop one scoop of the tuna mixture on the center of each cracker.
  5. Top each cracker with a square of provolone cheese (slice these to fit the crackers).
  6. Place the tray of melts under the broiler for 4 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Enjoy!

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3 Comments

  1. Love this idea! I would make these just for me!

     
  2. I love anything the kiddos can help with…yum!

     
  3. These are so cute!! I never thought about using crackers to make mini melts! Adorable!