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11 Easy and Healthy Homemade Snacks for Kids

Tasty and healthy bites for the whole family

Jen Betterley

Published on: March 13, 2019

Yogurt-covered blueberries

As parents, we strive to feed our kids three square meals every day. But, let's face it, kids love snacking. While there are plenty of healthy-ish store-bought snacks available to buy these days, many of them are downright expensive and not always that healthy.

The good news is that there are plenty of easy and healthy snacks that you can whip up without too much effort. Here are some tasty snack ideas that the whole family can gorge on without too much guilt.

Apple sandwiches

Healthy snack idea for kids: Apple sandwich by Oh She Glows

Auntie Angie of Oh She Glows made these adorable apple sammies for when her nephews came to visit — and we have a feeling she earned plenty of smiles with these healthy treats! Easily made with apple slices that have the middle cored out like bagels, these quick and easy sweet bites can be filled with peanut butter, granola, raisins, chocolate chips, coconut and other healthy nibbles. See the rest of Angie’s post for eight additional kid-friendly snack ideas and inspiration.

Homemade Cheez-Its

Healthy snack idea for kids: Homemade Cheez-Its by Prudent Baby

In need of a crunchy-salty fix? Mom Jaime of Prudent Baby shares this easy idea for baking homemade Cheez-Its, and she swears that you can make them in less time than it takes to go to the store with your kids and back (heh). Check out Jaime’s full post for the complete walkthrough and recipe when getting started.

No-bake energy bites

Healthy snack idea for kids: No-bake energy bites by Gimme Some Oven

Love to make no-bake treats? Consider taking a tip from Ali of Gimme Some Oven and trying your hand at these healthy bitty bites. Perfect for breakfast, snacks, and even as dessert, these low-cal no-bakes are made with oatmeal, toasted coconut flakes, peanut butter, flaxseed, chocolate chips, honey, chia seeds and vanilla extract. Healthy doesn’t sound so bad after all, right? See the full post for the rest of the recipe.

Broccoli Parmesan fritters

Healthy snack idea for kids: Broccoli parmesan fritters by Smitten Kitchen

Looking for a way to sneak in some extra veggies? Disguise them as delicious crunchy-cheesy fritters with this fab recipe featured on Smitten Kitchen. Easily whipped up with a mixture of mashed al dente broccoli, grated Parmesan, garlic, salt, flour and a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little extra zing, these healthy low-cal bites can be ready in a matter of minutes for a quick after-school snack or appetizer. And, you never know — you may just end up with a new pint-sized broccoli fan!

Homemade fruit leather

Healthy snack idea for kids: Homemade fruit leather by Two Peas and Their Pod

Are fruit roll-ups always on your weekly grocery list? Mom Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod shows us just how easy it is to make your own fruit leather — and other than a blender, you’ll only need two ingredients to get started: ripe chopped fruit and a sweetener (agave, honey or sugar). This is one treat that’s sure to become a new favorite!

Sushi sammies

Healthy snack idea for kids: Sandwich sushi for kids by Domestic Charm

Sure, your little ones may not be completely sold on sashimi yet, but how about sandwiches? Needless to say, we can’t get enough of this darling idea for creating sushi sammies featured on Domestic Charm! Fun for a quick snack or even as a creative lunch idea, these adorable sandwiches can include any and all of your child’s favorite ingredients, with a side of mustard or mayo to replace the usual wasabi or soy sauce. Also possibly a great snack idea for giving your child an intro to the raw real deal!

Homemade fruit snacks

Healthy snack idea for kids: Homemade fruit snacks by Kirbie's Cravings

Much like DIY fruit roll-ups and Cheez-Its, these homemade gummy fruit snacks included on Kirbie’s Cravings are downright genius. Just think of all of those store-bought fruit snacks you’ll no longer need to stock up on! To get started, you’ll want to have one package of Jell-O mix (or fruit juice) on hand, along with water and unflavored gelatin. Simply let your gummies set for about a half an hour and you’ll be snacking in no time!

Homemade pita chips

Healthy snack idea for kids: Homemade pita chips by Cheap Recipe Blog

Savvy home cook Haley of Cheap Recipe Blog shares quite possibly one of the quickest and most delicious snack ideas that everyone is sure to love: homemade pita chips. If you’ve got some pita bread that’s gone a little stale on the counter, simply brush on some olive oil and pop the soon-to-be crispy chips into the oven with your favorite seasoning for 10–12 minutes. You’ll not only have the perfect excuse to use up your leftovers, but you’ll also have a handful of healthy snacks ready to go when your minis come barreling in after a long day at school.

Yogurt-covered frozen blueberries

Healthy snack idea for kids: Yogurt-covered frozen blueberries by The Hungry Housewife

Trade in your family’s usual blueberry yogurt cups and make yogurt-covered blueberries instead, like these lovelies featured on The Hungry Housewife. Easily made with blueberries and Greek yogurt that have taken a quick tour of your freezer, these healthy sweets are great for a quick breakfast on the go, or as an easy afternoon snack.

Homemade garlic bagel chips

Healthy snack idea for kids: Homemade garlic bagel chips by Foodie With Family

Another great recipe for reinventing stale leftovers, these homemade garlic bagel chips featured on Foodie With Family are sure to be a hit with everyone in your home. To make your own, simply lather on a coat of olive oil and sprinkle on some salt and garlic or garlic powder. Throw your chips in the oven for 45 minutes and you’re ready for snackers both big and small!

Peanut butter and jelly blueberry muffins

Healthy snack idea for kids: Peanut butter and jelly blueberry banana muffins by Picky Palate

Take those beloved PB&J flavors to the next level with this recipe for peanut butter and jelly blueberry banana muffins featured on Picky Palate. An easy, no-fuss recipe, these sweet mini treats are great for breakfast or as a snack — we’re sure your little ones won’t have many complaints, either!

Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2014 and updated for 2019.


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