Fun Snacks for Kids

Fun Snacks for Kids

Studying for class, participating in team sports, hiking from classroom to classroom – your little one is always active, so it’s no surprise they’re hungry. Instead of reaching for those pre-packaged snacks, curb hunger with fun-to-make, better-for-you treats that’ll keep your youngsters satisfied until their next meal. These snack options are perfect for post-school hunger or even for packing as part of their lunch!

What are Good Snacks to Make at Home?

You can prep some quick and easy options in advance, or, even better, lay out some easy snacks for kids to get creative and make themselves. They’ll have a blast building mini pizzas out of crackers, sauce and cheese, using pre-cut fruit to design their smoothie bowl or dipping and decorating slices of fruit. Even simple ideas can be a lot of fun for the whole family. Choose age-appropriate foods and try including one to two food groups per snack for a good balance of nutrients.

Fun & Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

You don’t have to be a gourmet baker or culinary wizard to make cute, delicious snacks for kids. When your little one starts eyeing the fridge, consider these fun and healthy ideas.

Banana and Apple Pops

We’re not sure which is more fun: decorating these fruit slices or eating them. For a school-friendly version, swap the peanut butter for a nut butter of your choice.

Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 wooden craft sticks with rounded ends
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples, cored and sliced into 1”-thick slices
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced into 1”-thick slices
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal, slightly crushed
  • 1 cup honey nut cereal, slightly crushed

Directions:

  1. Spread each slice of apple and banana with a light layer of peanut butter.
  2. Roll half of the apple and banana slices in crushed crispy rice cereal. Roll the other half in honey nut cereal.
  3. Insert craft sticks into apple and banana slices.
  4. Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Spicy Cheddar Cheese Crackers

Kids will love being able to roll their own dough, and everyone will love the crunchy, spicy end result.

Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (8 oz.) shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp. ice water

Directions:

  1. In bowl of stand mixer, mix cheese, butter, salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and flour on low until crumbled. Slowly add 1 tablespoon water at a time until dough clumps together.
  2. Divide dough into two flat disks. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  4. Roll each dough ball into a ⅛”-thick, 10”x12” rectangle. Use fluted pastry wheel to cut dough into 1” squares; arrange on prepared baking sheets.
  5. Using a toothpick, poke a hole in center of each square.
  6. Bake 15-17 minutes, until puffed and lightly browned. Let cool.

Pull-Apart Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Perfect for anything from afterschool snacking to serving at their next birthday party, this shareable treat turns cheesy pepperoni pizza into fun-to-eat mini pizza rolls.

Total time: 2 hours, 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 1 lb. pizza dough, room temperature
  • 24 slices pepperoni
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup (½ oz.) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce, warmed

Directions:

  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 8” round metal cake pan with parchment paper. Spray inside bottom and sides of pan lightly with vegetable oil spray.
  2. Spray clean counter lightly with vegetable oil spray. Transfer dough to greased counter. Gently press and stretch dough into 6” square, popping any large bubbles. Use bench scraper to square into 4 equal strips. Cut each strip into 3 equal pieces, creating 12 pieces total. Cover dough pieces with plastic wrap.
  3. Remove 1 piece of dough from under plastic, keeping remaining pieces covered. Pat dough into 3” circle. Place 1 slice pepperoni in center of circle. Top pepperoni with heaping tablespoon shredded mozzarella cheese and second slice pepperoni. Fold edges of dough up and over filling, pinching edges well to close. Flip ball over; arrange on parchment-lined cake pan. Repeat with remaining dough pieces, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese.
  4. Cover cake pan with plastic; let rise until dough balls are slightly puffed and touching each other, 45-60 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in small microwave-safe bowl, combine oil and garlic. Heat in microwave until fragrant, 15-30 seconds.
  6. Once dough has risen, remove plastic. Use pastry brush to paint tops of dough balls with garlic oil. Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake until tops of rolls are well browned, 30-35 minutes.
  8. Transfer pan to cooling rack; let rolls cool in pan 15 minutes.
  9. Carefully run butter knife around edge of cake pan to loosen rolls. Carefully turn pan on its side and remove rolls. Let rolls cool directly on cooling rack 10 minutes.
  10. Serve with warm pizza sauce for dipping.

Mini Avocado Toasts

Appropriate for children ages 9 months and up, avocado toast is a delicious way to serve up a healthy favorite.

Total time: 7 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ ripe avocado, pitted and cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 slice whole-wheat bread

Directions:

  1. Using fork, mash together avocado, lime juice and salt until mostly smooth.
  2. Toast bread until light golden-brown on both sides, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Spread avocado mixture evenly over toast. Cut toast crosswise into 4 slices.

Mini Muffins with Bananas and Chocolate Chips

Have some ripe bananas on hand? Bake a batch of these mini-sized muffins for a sweet snack or breakfast!

Total time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 very ripe bananas, peeled
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray wells of 24-cup mini muffin tin with vegetable oil spray.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In separate bowl, use fork or potato masher to mash bananas until broken down but still chunky. Whisk in sugar, melted butter, yogurt, egg and vanilla until combined.
  4. Gently stir in flour mixture and chocolate chips until just combined and no dry flour is visible. The batter should look thick and chunky.
  5. Spray 1-tablespoon measuring spoon with vegetable oil. Use greased measuring spoon to scoop 1 heaping tablespoon batter into each muffin well. Bake until muffins are golden-brown, and toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean, 13-15 minutes.
  6. Place muffin tin on cooling rack; let cool in tin 15 minutes.
  7. Using your fingertips, gently wiggle muffins to loosen from muffin tin. Transfer directly to cooling rack. Let cool 5 minutes.

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Fun Snacks for Kids

Fun Snacks for Kids

Studying for class, participating in team sports, hiking from classroom to classroom – your little one is always active, so it’s no surprise they’re hungry. Instead of reaching for those pre-packaged snacks, curb hunger with fun-to-make, better-for-you treats that’ll keep your youngsters satisfied until their next meal. These snack options are perfect for post-school hunger or even for packing as part of their lunch!

What are Good Snacks to Make at Home?

You can prep some quick and easy options in advance, or, even better, lay out some easy snacks for kids to get creative and make themselves. They’ll have a blast building mini pizzas out of crackers, sauce and cheese, using pre-cut fruit to design their smoothie bowl or dipping and decorating slices of fruit. Even simple ideas can be a lot of fun for the whole family. Choose age-appropriate foods and try including one to two food groups per snack for a good balance of nutrients.

Fun & Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

You don’t have to be a gourmet baker or culinary wizard to make cute, delicious snacks for kids. When your little one starts eyeing the fridge, consider these fun and healthy ideas.

Banana and Apple Pops

We’re not sure which is more fun: decorating these fruit slices or eating them. For a school-friendly version, swap the peanut butter for a nut butter of your choice.

Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 wooden craft sticks with rounded ends
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples, cored and sliced into 1”-thick slices
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced into 1”-thick slices
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal, slightly crushed
  • 1 cup honey nut cereal, slightly crushed

Directions:

  1. Spread each slice of apple and banana with a light layer of peanut butter.
  2. Roll half of the apple and banana slices in crushed crispy rice cereal. Roll the other half in honey nut cereal.
  3. Insert craft sticks into apple and banana slices.
  4. Serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Spicy Cheddar Cheese Crackers

Kids will love being able to roll their own dough, and everyone will love the crunchy, spicy end result.

Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (8 oz.) shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp. ice water

Directions:

  1. In bowl of stand mixer, mix cheese, butter, salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and flour on low until crumbled. Slowly add 1 tablespoon water at a time until dough clumps together.
  2. Divide dough into two flat disks. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  4. Roll each dough ball into a ⅛”-thick, 10”x12” rectangle. Use fluted pastry wheel to cut dough into 1” squares; arrange on prepared baking sheets.
  5. Using a toothpick, poke a hole in center of each square.
  6. Bake 15-17 minutes, until puffed and lightly browned. Let cool.

Pull-Apart Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Perfect for anything from afterschool snacking to serving at their next birthday party, this shareable treat turns cheesy pepperoni pizza into fun-to-eat mini pizza rolls.

Total time: 2 hours, 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 1 lb. pizza dough, room temperature
  • 24 slices pepperoni
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ¼ cup (½ oz.) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce, warmed

Directions:

  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 8” round metal cake pan with parchment paper. Spray inside bottom and sides of pan lightly with vegetable oil spray.
  2. Spray clean counter lightly with vegetable oil spray. Transfer dough to greased counter. Gently press and stretch dough into 6” square, popping any large bubbles. Use bench scraper to square into 4 equal strips. Cut each strip into 3 equal pieces, creating 12 pieces total. Cover dough pieces with plastic wrap.
  3. Remove 1 piece of dough from under plastic, keeping remaining pieces covered. Pat dough into 3” circle. Place 1 slice pepperoni in center of circle. Top pepperoni with heaping tablespoon shredded mozzarella cheese and second slice pepperoni. Fold edges of dough up and over filling, pinching edges well to close. Flip ball over; arrange on parchment-lined cake pan. Repeat with remaining dough pieces, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese.
  4. Cover cake pan with plastic; let rise until dough balls are slightly puffed and touching each other, 45-60 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in small microwave-safe bowl, combine oil and garlic. Heat in microwave until fragrant, 15-30 seconds.
  6. Once dough has risen, remove plastic. Use pastry brush to paint tops of dough balls with garlic oil. Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake until tops of rolls are well browned, 30-35 minutes.
  8. Transfer pan to cooling rack; let rolls cool in pan 15 minutes.
  9. Carefully run butter knife around edge of cake pan to loosen rolls. Carefully turn pan on its side and remove rolls. Let rolls cool directly on cooling rack 10 minutes.
  10. Serve with warm pizza sauce for dipping.

Mini Avocado Toasts

Appropriate for children ages 9 months and up, avocado toast is a delicious way to serve up a healthy favorite.

Total time: 7 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ ripe avocado, pitted and cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 slice whole-wheat bread

Directions:

  1. Using fork, mash together avocado, lime juice and salt until mostly smooth.
  2. Toast bread until light golden-brown on both sides, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Spread avocado mixture evenly over toast. Cut toast crosswise into 4 slices.

Mini Muffins with Bananas and Chocolate Chips

Have some ripe bananas on hand? Bake a batch of these mini-sized muffins for a sweet snack or breakfast!

Total time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 very ripe bananas, peeled
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray wells of 24-cup mini muffin tin with vegetable oil spray.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. In separate bowl, use fork or potato masher to mash bananas until broken down but still chunky. Whisk in sugar, melted butter, yogurt, egg and vanilla until combined.
  4. Gently stir in flour mixture and chocolate chips until just combined and no dry flour is visible. The batter should look thick and chunky.
  5. Spray 1-tablespoon measuring spoon with vegetable oil. Use greased measuring spoon to scoop 1 heaping tablespoon batter into each muffin well. Bake until muffins are golden-brown, and toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean, 13-15 minutes.
  6. Place muffin tin on cooling rack; let cool in tin 15 minutes.
  7. Using your fingertips, gently wiggle muffins to loosen from muffin tin. Transfer directly to cooling rack. Let cool 5 minutes.

For more kid-friendly food inspiration, check out these school lunch ideas and delicious bento lunch box arrangements.

Check out more Back to School inspiration.