15 Healthy and Delicious After-School Snacks
Whether you're getting ready for the back-to-school season or are already in the middle of the school year, you're probably looking for healthy snacks that will keep your kids energized and satisfied between homework and activities. While a bag of chips or chocolate chip cookies may be easy to grab and serve, we think nutritious options that are also tasty don't have to be complicated. Though an apple or baby carrot sticks do the trick, we know that it can be hard to entice kids to eat raw fruits and vegetables day after day. That's why we're sharing recipes that offer the best of both worlds—tempting, naturally sweet, and with plenty of vitamins and minerals to boot.
Between a long school day, after-school clubs, and homework, kids are busier than ever. It's important to feed them snacks that won't cause a blood sugar spike, which will result in them crashing soon after. These healthy after-school snacks provide long-lasting energy and keep grumbling stomachs at bay until dinner time.
Granola bars are a classic choice for kids both big and small. For a healthy take that will satisfy a child with even the biggest sweet tooth, try making our Chocolate-Cherry Granola Bars, which have no added sugar but are supremely delicious. Another option: Vegan Granola Bars that include antioxidant rich ingredients like dried blueberries and flaxseeds.
If they're craving something savory, Nori Guacamole is a familiar dip topped with a surprising salty crunch (hint: seaweed!). Mini Pita Pizzas use lots of fresh ingredients like tomatoes and basil (but feel free to top with other vegetables like bell peppers or onions to sneak even more nutrients into this after-school snack).
For healthy and delicious snack inspiration—whether for your own kids, your child's sports team, or yourself—check out the recipes ahead. They're easy to put together but undeniably tasty.
Apples with Cream Cheese, Almonds, and Raisins
This simple, creative apple snack is sweetened with cream cheese and honey. First, cut an apple in half and scoop out the core. Fill with cream cheese, then drizzle honey on top. Finish with a sprinkle of toasted sliced almonds and golden raisins for texture and sweetness.
Honey Nut Cereal Bars
Tropical Fruit with Dip
Here's a healthy take on chips and dip. Peel pineapples and mangoes, then cut into wedges and sprinkle with cinnamon. For the dip, stir lime zest and agave syrup into low-fat yogurt.
Chocolate-Cherry Granola Bars
Granola bars are a convenient snack but many store-bought brands are loaded with sugar and aren't as healthy as they might seem. When you make your own granola bars, you know exactly what's inside; these homemade bars get plenty of natural sweetness from dried cherries, chocolate chips, and granola.
Vegan Granola Bars
Chock-full of dried fruit, nuts, and whole grains, these energy bars will fuel kids through after-school activities and homework time. With fun textures and bright colors thanks to black cherries and dried papaya, they'll be excited to eat these healthy treats.
Chilled Plum-Oatmeal Pudding
Banana Energy Bites
This super simple bite-sized snack takes just five minutes to make and uses only three ingredients. Although the recipe calls for rolling the bananas slices in hemp seeds, feel free to use other seeds depending on what you have on hand—and what your kids like.