Snack time! How many times a day do your little ones demand a snack? If they are like mine, their little tummies are never full. So I have pulled together 15 easy and affordable snacks to bring some life into your busy kids snacks. Instead of tossing them a bad of chips and processed junk. Give some of these a try. I’ve had a few myself and love them. Others I just can’t wait to give a taste, and neither can my children. Make sure to check out these linked Blogs pages, as they are all great and get the Busy Kids Zone seal of approval. A few of my write ups contain affiliate links, and they are sourced to only provide great recommendations. The links help keep us going, and assure that we can provide only the best products, reviews, and tips! Thanks and enjoy!
My kids can eat bags and bags of Cheez-its and Goldfish crackers. But sometimes I feel bad letting them snack on processed foods. I have always wanted to try making them myself and now I can! How Does She, has created these awesome homemade versions, and I think they are great. I really love that she has you create your own cookie, or in this case crackers, cutters. Such a simple and cheap solution. So make sure to follow her great directions. You’ll need a few supplies for the crackers and cutters so make sure to have some nice mixing bowls on hand, as well as a ruler, can, and tape. Hope your kids love these.
Apples are a hit in my house. We love all kinds, and if you pair them with peanut butter and chocolate chips! Perfecto. This simple recipe is about as easy as it gets. All you need are apples, peanut butter (my weakness), and chocolate chips. Just make sure to have Milk Chocolate chips on hand, as your kids will. Stockpiling Moms even suggests trying some other toppings, such as shredded coconut and nuts. There are so many different combinations you can try that as long as you have apples on hand, you can have fun letting your kids pick their own toppings.
Like A Spicy Perspective, I occasionally buy a bag of fancy chips. Sweet potato are may favorite and I love dipping them in my daily hummus binge. My kids love dipping hummus and we are always switching it up, so these are perfect. I almost always have some sweet potatoes on hand, so I think I will forgo my usual baked sweet potatoes and give these delicious little guys a try. Make sure to have a mandolin on hand so you can easily slice these up. But a knife will suffice. So grab your favorite dip and and get to snacking. These are perfect for the whole family.
Granola bars are an absolute favorite in my home. My kids love all kinds and I often make my own. However I have never attempted any with fruit, and we eat a ton in my kitchen. So these are a sure fire way to my kids hearts. Amy’s Healthy Baking has created a chewy and delicious recipe that I think everyone should try. These don’t contain butter, refined sugar, or refined flour! So you can fill your kids bellies with only the best. Amy recommends using frozen berries, but make sure to not get the kind with added sugars to keep these guys healthy. Also grab some wax paper to cool and make these perfect! Enjoy.
More apples and more perfection. I love cinnamon and these little guys are going to be a hit. Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen has so many great recipes and this simple on is sure to please even the most picky tummies. Carrie suggests using McIntosh or Honeycrisp as they are perfect for baking. Grab your Cinnamon and a little Granulated Sugar and you will be all set to get to snacking. I guarantee your kids will love these and they are perfect for winter. Because as you know, Winter is Coming!
My husband attempted to make homemade fruit roll ups with our dehydrator a few years ago, and while they turned out fine. They just weren’t tasty enough to keep on the menu. I have been really wanting to give them another go, and I think I found the recipe to warrant another go! You can use a lot of different types of fruit, but the recipe calls for a mix of Raspberries and Strawberries, but as Live Eat Learn suggests, Mangoes would be bangin! These are simple, perfectly delicious, and best of all a healthy snack for your little ones busy snack times.
Fruit! How about tons of fruit goodness to fill your kids hungry bellies? We love popsicles and I usually buy the healthy kind, but these are next level! Tons of fruit make these perfect for summer, or really anytime of the year. One Little Project has you covered with tons of ideas and these are a winner. I came into some perfect popsicle molds over the summer and can’t wait to give these a shot. I can already tell my kids will love them. Make sure to have popsicle sticks on hand and be sure to follow the directions when adding the fruit juice. Don’t want these freezing and bursting out of your molds!
Can’t believe how amazing and simple these little drops of taste are! A Healthy Slice of Life has knocked it out of the park with these, and I cannot wait to give these a try. What I love is that you can add sprinkles to make them extra special. Even maybe give them a little topping of Milk Chocolate Chips! So awesome. It doesn’t get easier and I love it. Greek yogurt is great for your kids digestion and I give this the seal of approval. Since all you need is yogurt, you can make these anytime. Don’t hesitate to let your kids snack to their little hearts delight. Make sure to have some Ziplock Bags on hand to make your own squeeze bags. Love it!
Ok, this is probably my number 1 on the list to try. I cannot wait! Peanut butter, chocolate, and banana are staples in my house and put them together. Crazy good. I mean look at that picture! Don’t you just want to snag them up and devour every bit of these? Living Well Mom knows that these are amazing and I love the name. Once I told my kids about these Chunky Monkey Bites, they can’t stop asking for when they will be appearing in our fridge. Just try not to eat them all before they are done. I can’t wait to just try a little Banana and PB dipped in the melted chocolate. Perfect little treat for myself while I make them for the kids.
Skinny Ms. has outdone themselves with these treats. Not only are they healthy, but they are insanely awesome looking. I have this saved as a great recipe to take to my kids next party. The kids will love them and the parents will think I am an amazing baker! Get out your muffin tin and some liners and get to creating. They are so simple and require no baking, even though they look professionally baked. Just mix and pop in the freezer, then you’ll be ready to impress. The crunchy almond, coconut sugar, and coconut bottom will be amazing! And don’t hesitate to try them out with your kids favorite berries.
Fruit kabobs are perfect for getting the kids in the kitchen. All you need is tons of your kids favorite fruit and some bamboo skewers, and you’re set. This is definelty one of the most simple recipes on the list, and also on of the most healthy. It’s a great way to liven up your fruit and the kids will love helping. Make a plate of cut up fruits and let them pick what they want to fill their sticks with. Kids Activities Blog suggests cutting the pointy ends off of your skewers to make them safe for little hands, and I most definitely agree. Don’t want any pokes to ruin the fun! They even suggest lightly brushing them with honey to really kick up the flavor.
Need a little protein in your kids diets? Well then these are perfect. Also super simple. I love these for an easy and different lunch time snack. The Gracious Wife suggests to use cheese sticks to make them even easier to make, and I love that idea. We always have a bag or two of different cheese sticks around so it’s the perfect solution. If you worry about giving your kids toothpicks, try these kid friendly food picks and make sure their little hands are safe. The gracious wife likes to microwave hers for a few seconds to give the cheese a delicious melty flavor and I love that idea, but maybe hold off on the plastic toothpicks if you choose to melt them.
So my grandmother made these all the time when I was little and now my whole family cannot get enough. They are super simple and delicious. My husband has a pickle addiction and these are one of his favorites. I promise you won’t have any leftovers and these are perfect for your next family get together. I love that Pip and Ebby share my affinity for these little snacks. I usually make them with turkey, but you can use ham, chicken breast lunch meat, or even large deli pepperonis. Mix it up and make it a lunch meat party! All you need are baby dill pickles, cream cheese, and your favorite deli slices. Enjoy, and think of us when you are making these over and over.
More frozen berry awesomeness. If you have leftover green yogurt from some of the earlier recipes, give these dudes a shot. They are about as simple as it gets. You can also, as Heart of Deborah suggests use plain yogurt. Either way these frozen treats are perfect. The added cinnamon in the yogurt will give them an extra pop, and you could even use flavored yogurt to really take it to the next level. My son is obsessed with blueberries, and I think this idea would be great with raspberries and strawberries as well. Love it!
Last and most definitely not least is another fruit heavy delight. Apples, berries, and bananas are always on our shelves and this recipe from Cooking Classy gives them a much needed pop. I plan on making a big batch of the dip and keeping it on hand for after school treats, when the kids need a boost from their long day in the classroom. Whisk together yogurt, honey, and peanut butter to make the most delicious fruit dip. It should last for a few days in the fridge, which is good, since if you don’t make enough your kids are going to be bugging you to make more and more. Which as a busy parent you probably don’t have time for! Hope you enjoy this one and all the other great recipes I found. I know they will please.