16 Healthy After-School Snacks Kids Will Actually Eat

Help kids bridge the hungry hours before dinnertime (and slip in a little extra nutrition) with healthy after-school snacks they’ll actually eat.

Dips

1. Fruit Skewers with Apple Cinnamon Dipping Sauce

The dipping sauce is protein-rich Greek yogurt sweetened with applesauce and flavored with a dash of almond extract and cinnamon.

Fruit Skewers with Apple Cinnamon Dipping Sauce

Fruit Skewers with Apple Cinnamon Dipping Sauce | Photo by lutzflcat

2. Healthier Annie’s Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

This low-sugar salsa gets scooped up with high-fiber baked tortilla chips.

3. Extra Easy Hummus

This quick and easy hummus doesn’t use tahini. Mariah Lumley says, “Fantastic, quick, easy recipe – I also added paprika and lemon juice after reading the comments and it turned out delicious.”

Extra Easy Hummus

Extra Easy Hummus | Photo by miriam


Crunchies

4. Carrot Chips

A healthy alternative to conventional chips. Change them up with a pinch of cayenne or cinnamon.

Carrot Chips

Carrot Chips | Photo by lutzflcat

5. Baked Apple Chips

These crunchy chips are baked at a low temperature for 2 hours until dry and crisp. Store them in an airtight container for convenient snacking.

6. Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chips

For crispier results, cut the veg as thin as you can. An inexpensive mandoline slicer will help speed the work.

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chips

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chips | Photo by Shearone

7. Roasted Chickpeas

Top tip: Add oil and seasonings after roasting the chickpeas to keep them crisp longer.

Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeas | Photo by Aja


Cookies, Bars, and Bites

8. Healthy Banana Cookies

These popular gluten-free cookies are sweetened with bananas and dates.

9. Playgroup Granola Bars

For chewier bars, add 1/2 cup applesauce to the mix.

Playgroup Granola Bars

Playgroup Granola Bars | Photo by Tamiron

10. No-Bake Energy Bites

“It’s not often that I find something everyone in my house loves. I can’t keep these around. I’m constantly making them.” – Camille Miller Shipley

No-Bake Energy Bites

No-Bake Energy Bites | Photo by APR


Muffins

11. Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Applesauce Muffins

Julie says, “The muffins taste great right from the oven, but are even better the next day—if they last that long! Kids love them and it’s a good way to sneak fruits, veggies, and fiber into their diets.”

Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Applesauce Muffins

Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Applesauce Muffins | Photo by CC<3’s2bake

12. Kid Muffins

Very moist and packed full of banana, carrot, raisins, and flax seeds. To help this dense batter bake up better, use a light touch when stirring the wet and dry ingredients together.

Kid Muffins

Kid Muffins | Photo by karowillson

13 Healthier Banana Crumb Muffins

Extra bananas and lower sugar make these top-rated muffins a whole lot better for you, but they still taste great.

Healthier Banana Crumb Muffins

Healthier Banana Crumb Muffins | Photo by megsmegs


Smoothies

14. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Use frozen bananas instead of ice cubes to make it super thick.

15. Marie’s Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

Spinach, avocado, and banana go for a spin with almond milk to create a tasty way to sneak in some healthy greens, beneficial fats, and potassium. (You’re going to want some of this, too.) If the kids think drinking green things is gross, tell them it’s Harry Potter’s Polyjuice Potion.

Marie's Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

Marie’s Healthy Breakfast Smoothie | Photo by Buckwheat Queen

16. Quick Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Nope, not just for breakfast anymore. This smoothie rocks a good balance of protein, fiber, and fruit that’ll keep kids satisfied all afternoon.

Quick Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Quick Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie | Photo by lutzflcat


Tips for Smarter Snacking

  • Get kids involved in choosing and prepping their own snacks so they’ll be more likely to eat them.
  • Make it easy to choose health over junk by keeping bags of cut fruits and vegetables front and center in the fridge.
  • Prep tubs of healthy dips to last through the week.
  • Make and freeze baked goods in batches, and defrost enough for the coming week. Easy freeze tip: Space them out on a baking sheet, freeze until hard, then store in bags.
  • Bag up non-perishable healthy snacks for kids to take to after-school programs.

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