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7 Classic After-School Snacks With a Twist

Fall back on these tried-and-true snacks for your kids

Published on: January 07, 2022

A plate of apple slices with peanut butter

All parents know that after a long day at school, kids come home hungry! Whether you are looking for a healthy snack option or something to satisfy your student’s sweet tooth, we’ve rounded up seven great recipes to keep kids going. From classic snacks like no-bake chocolate cookies to modern banana sushi, you’re sure to find a snack that will hit the spot for your kids, whether you have tots, teens or in between.

1. Fresh sour candy grapes 

Kids love sour candy and the blog Real Advice Mom offers this two-ingredient recipe for sour grapes. Made with fresh grapes, this is  “candy” you can feel good about serving. The directions are super simple but it does require a couple of hours of time to set in the fridge. 

2. A protein-packed dip 

Kids love dips and parents will approve of this protein-packed peanut butter dip recipe from the Self-Proclaimed Foodie blog. This is also a great way to sneak a few fruits and vegetables into snack time. Serve with apple slices and celery sticks or even pretzels. 

3. Delicious banana bites

Just three healthy ingredients make up this yummy “sushi roll.” Check out the easy recipe from the blog About a Mom. Kids will love this sushi-style roll, especially if you slice and serve it with chopsticks for extra fun. 

4. Cheese rollups with an edible stick

For a fast protein snack, try these ham and cheese rollups. Using a pretzel instead of a toothpick to secure the rolls makes all of the parts edible. Just follow the directions from the blog A Mom’s Take and consider setting out a small bowl of mustard or ranch for dipping. 

5. Cracker pizzas

Crackers! Pizza! Two kid-favorite foods are combined in this genius recipe from the blog Moms Without Answers. Not only is this super easy to cook up, but you will also be a hero for serving these to your hungry kids and their friends. 

6 Quick no-bake cookies

Whether you call these Haystack Cookies, Beaver House Cookies or No-Bake Cookies, they are the same yummy snack. Cooked on the stovetop and dropped by the spoonful onto wax paper to cool, these are fast and easy to make. Find out how on Make Life Lovely

7. Savory Cheerios 

Dry cereal straight out of the box is a classic snack for all kids from tots to teens. Up your cereal game with just three ingredients and a few minutes on the stove. Serve this buttery, salty deliciousness as an alternative to the standard popcorn or Chex Mix recipe by the author of the Sweet Little Bird blog. 

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in January 2019, and updated in January 2021.

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