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: 3.61 stars 3221
The batter for this easy-to-make banana bread is enriched with sour cream, which gives it a subtle tang and super moist texture. In order to avoid this quick bread becoming tough and chewy, don't overmix the batter.

Cranberry Bread

Rating: 3.2 stars 800
Studded with cranberries, this quick bread is adaptable: Try it at breakfast or as an afternoon snack.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Rating: 3.49 stars 1743
Hot-chocolate mix is a wintertime staple. A homemade version is delicious and natural—containing only cocoa, sugar, and salt—and especially economical compared with store-bought mixes.

Homemade Marshmallows

Rating: 3.72 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!

Avocado-Banana Smoothie

Rating: 3.62 stars 530
Try sipping your avocado -- this tropical-tasting avocado smoothie makes a satisfying breakfast or snack.

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.

Chocolate-Banana Pudding

Rating: 3.08 stars 108
Crisp, thin chocolate wafers are key to this no-bake dessert, layered with chocolate pudding and banana slices.

Fruit Jellies

Rating: 3.81 stars 171
These colorful fruit jellies are simple to make and fun to eat.

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.

Marshmallow Snowflakes

Rating: 3.43 stars 136
Float these snowflake-shaped marshmallows in cups of hot chocolate.Get the Marshmallow Snowflakes How-To.

Foolproof Holiday Fudge

Rating: 3.74 stars 564
Traditional fudge recipes require a candy thermometer and a fair amount of precision to get the texture just right; this simple fudge recipe is easy enough for children to make (with supervision, of course). The addition of mini marshmallows to the recipe give this fudge a smooth silkiness.

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.
Healthy Breakfast Bar Recipes Perfect for Mornings When You're On-the-Go
Stash a few of these nutritious breakfast bars in your desk or purse so that you'll always be able to grab a quick bite on busy days.
Peppermint Eggnog
Rating: 3.74 stars

Serve this virgin peppermint eggnog, jazzed up with peppermint extract, in candy-rimmed mugs.