Do your kids come home like hungry bears? Are you looking for ideas for after school snacks to give them? Here are 11 yummy ideas for healthy (and easy) after school snacks, guaranteed to placate even the hungriest monster!
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I don’t know about you, by my kids always come in starving from school and there is no way they can wait until dinnertime!
Many children also still have homework, activities and/or sports once their school day is over, so keeping them fed with some of these easy after school snacks is a great way to give them a healthy energy boost in the afternoon.
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Easy After School Snacks the Kids Will Love
#1. Peanut Butter and Banana on Rice Cakes
Peanut butter and banana rice cakes are packed with protein and will give your child the right kind of carbohydrates. Bananas are also a good source of potassium.
To make these just take a lightly salted rice cake and spread a layer of peanut butter on top. Then add a few banana slices and you are ready to go! Easy peasy!
#2. Hummus and Veggies
Put out some hummus with whatever veggies you have on hand to dip in, along with some pita bread or crackers. Good veggies to dip include:
- carrot sticks
- cucumber sticks
- snap peas
- celery sticks
- red and yellow pepper slices
- cherry tomatoes
#4. Cheese Quesadillas
To make these quick and easy cheese quesadillas, you just need tortilla wraps and some grated cheese.
- Put a frying pan onto medium heat, drizzle a bit of oil across the pan, lay your tortilla wrap onto the pan.
- Wait a few minutes until you see the tortilla start to bubble in places then add grated cheese.
- Fold the tortilla in half cook for a few more minutes, then in half again.
- Serve with a bit of sour cream and/or salsa to dip in.
You can also vary the ingredients and make them with ham, turkey, roast chicken leftovers or avocado slices with the grated cheese.
#5. Mini Courgette Muffins
These mini zucchini muffins from Create Kids Club are a really good after school snack. Made with whole wheat flour, they are also a good way of sneaking in a bit of veg!
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#6. Chunky Monkey Bananas
Have you ever tried Chunky Monkey Bananas? They are a delicious healthy treat for kids after school (and pretty tasty for mums and dads too!).
- 2 bananas
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 12 oz chocolate
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Chopped nuts (optional)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Slice your bananas and spread the slices across the baking sheet.
- Spread a little peanut butter onto every second banana slice. Then top it with a banana slice.
- Freeze the banana sandwiches for at least 30 minutes, preferably an hour.
- Melt the chocolate with the coconut oil (I use the microwave as it’s easiest). When your bananas are ready, use a fork or skewer to dip each banana sandwich into the chocolate.
- If your child likes nuts, you can dip the chocolate banana sandwich in some chopped nuts.
- Freeze for another hour until your Chunky Monkey Bananas are hard.
#7. Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups
I love this idea for Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups from Farm Wife Cooks. Liz’s top tip for making these roll ups is to not fill the tortillas too full. The more filling you place on the tortilla, the more likely you are to get air pockets and mess up the pinwheel design.
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Popcorn is a brilliant after school snack, it’s quick and easy to make and you can try different flavours out too if your child gets tired of standard buttery popcorn. While microwave popcorn is super handy, air-popped popcorn is better as you can control the flavours and salt content.
If you’ve never made it from scratch, you will need oil, popping corn and some butter. Here are my top tips:
- Put a layer of oil into a pot (with a lid) then a layer of popping corn over the oil.
- Make sure you put the lid on next!
- Heat the pot over a medium heat and once you start to hear the corn kernels popping give the pot a shake every minute or so – this helps avoid burning.
- When the popping noises slow down you know you’re nearly ready.
- I empty the popped corn into a bowl then put a blob of butter into the pot to melt it quickly before stirring the melted butter into the popped corn.
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#9. Fruit Cups
Fill small cups or glasses with seasonal fruits e.g. watermelon, nectarine slices, peach slices, banana, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, sliced grapes.
Then sprinkle some granola or seed mix, and top with yoghurt. You could do rainbow layers too if you wanted to get really fancy!
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#10. Strawberry Banana Pancake Skewers
These mini pancake skewers from Lifestylezz are a great idea. You will need:
- Mini pancakes
- Strawberries, sliced
- Banana, sliced
Then just create your mini pancake skewer with banana and strawberries in between.
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#11. Easy Tortilla Pizzas
These Easy Tortilla Pizzas from Life Love Liz look great for after school snacks and quick lunches. They are easy to customize with your favourite toppings, so your kids can go as simple or as wild as they want.
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Do you have any other suggestions for easy after school snacks that your child enjoys? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!