Kid-Friendly Snacks

From healthy snacks to fun and easy recipes to make together, find a variety of kid-friendly snack ideas to try at home.

Staff Picks

The Best Banana Bread

Rating: 3.5 stars 3221
It's the best because it's Martha's go-to banana bread recipe. She included the recipe in her first book, Entertaining, and has been making it ever since. The batter for this easy-to-make favorite is enriched with sour cream, which gives it a subtle tang and super-moist texture. Be sure to use very ripe (but not bruised) bananas, and add chopped walnuts or pecans—Martha always uses pecans. She says your family will "go bananas" for this old-fashioned quick bread.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Rating: 3.5 stars 1743
Our homemade hot chocolate is a winter treat. This recipe makes a big batch of hot chocolate mix so it's economical and you'll have plenty on hand for cold days, after school or sledging snacks, bedtime drinks, and more. And this version is delicious and natural—containing only cocoa, sugar, and salt.

Homemade Marshmallows

Rating: 3.5 stars 570
Pulling off a homemade marshmallow recipe is easier than you think. This recipe gives you perfectly gooey marshmallows. Sandwich it into a s'more, or just dip your marshmallow in hot chocolate. Friends will definitely want to know where you found the recipe!

Vanilla Chia Pudding

Rating: 4 stars 125
Chia seeds are available at health-food stores and online. They're rich in omega-3s, fiber, and antioxidants.

Avocado-Banana Smoothie

Rating: 3.5 stars 530
Try sipping your avocado -- this tropical-tasting avocado smoothie makes a satisfying breakfast or snack.

Easy Any-Juice Ice Pops

Use just about any fruit -- we like watermelon, grapefruit, kiwi, or pomegranate -- to make these simple, refreshing treats.

Test Kitchen's Favorite Banana-Chocolate Chip Bread

Freezing and thawing over-ripe bananas before mashing creates a syrupy-thick juice, more like liquid gold, that bursts with sweet banana flavor and makes this loaf next-level delicious.

Chocolate-Covered Bananas

Rating: 3.5 stars 425
This dessert treat combines the healthy benefits of bananas and chocolate.

Fruit Jellies

Rating: 4 stars 171
These colorful fruit jellies are simple to make and fun to eat.

Popcorn on the Cob

Celebrate harvest season with "ears" of candied popcorn, reminiscent of Indian corn. Unbleached parchment paper from your pantry is all you need for the pretty presentation.

Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches

Rating: 3.5 stars 139
A thin, simple-to-prepare cake is the foundation for these nostalgic treats. To soften the ice cream, leave it at room temperature for a few minutes.

Inspiration and Ideas

45 Tasty After-School Snacks That Kids Will Love
From preschool to senior year, your kids will love nibbling on these delicious dishes.
Baked Oatmeal
Baking the oatmeal may seem to be a lot of fuss. But once it comes out of the oven, you will not be sorry you waited.
Spiderweb Eggs
Rating: 4 stars 48

It may look like a swarm of spiders got into the henhouse, but these hard-boiled eggs are another Halloween hoax. Webs are "spun" with the help of blueberries, which are added to the water as the eggs cook.