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
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.

Avocado-Banana Smoothie

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

Cranberry Bread

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

Pumpkin Grilled Cheese

What to do with that unfinished can of pumpkin puree? Use it as a rich and creamy way to take a grilled cheese from good to gourmet.

Homemade Marshmallows

Rating: 3.72 stars
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!

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Rating: 3.49 stars
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.

Chocolate-Banana Pudding

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

Chocolate-Cherry Granola Bars

Back-to-school for kids means back-to-bake-sales for parents. These bars will earn adults an A+, because they're a cinch to make and very wholesome (they're also nut- and gluten-free).

Easy Any-Juice Ice Pops

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

Fruit Jellies

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

Chocolate-Covered Bananas

Rating: 3.44 stars
This dessert treat combines the healthy benefits of bananas and chocolate.

Crunchy Caramel Corn

Rating: 3.18 stars
Skip the movie theater and still indulge your kids' popcorn cravings -- this extra-crunchy version (with some sweetness) will make them applaud right at home.

Inspiration and Ideas

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