12 kid-approved after-school snack recipes

Keep them full (and quiet) until dinnertime with these easy and delicious after-school snack recipes.

12 kid-approved after-school snack recipes

Photo: Roberto Caruso

12 kid-approved after-school snack recipes

Oven-Roasted Crispy Chickpeas

A handful or two of these chewy little babes and your kid’s tummy will be full until dinner. Get the recipe: Oven-Roasted Crispy Chickpeas

baking tray with roasted chickpeasPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Chocolate Pretzel Granola Bars

Forget store-bought, you can make your own granola bars at home lickety-split. Sweet chocolate chips meet salty pretzels—we love this collab. Get the recipe: Chocolate Pretzel Granola Bars

tray of homemade granola bars with chocolate chipsPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Twisted Cheese Straws

Baked up with a bit of Parm and cayenne (you could swap in garlic powder if like), these puff pastry snacks are crunchy and irresistible. To be munched as is, or served alongside your sauciest pasta. Get the recipe: Twisted Cheese Straws

metal cup with twisted bread sticksPhoto: Roberto Caruso

No-Bake Brownie Bites

Yes, they are called brownies. No, they are not sugar-filled. But your kids don’t have to know that fudgy sweetness comes from fibre-rich dates. Get the recipe: No-Bake Brownie Bites

chocolate balls covered in nuts and coconutPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Cinnamon Toast Kettle Corn

A little sweet and a little salty, try a handful of this simple-as-anything popped corn and you’ll be hooked. Pro tip: Makes a great snack for lunchboxes and adult offices and absolutely rules at bake sales when portioned out into small zip-top bags. Get the recipe: Cinnamon Toast Kettle Corn

plastic lunch container with cinnamon popcornPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Creamy Cheddar and Apple Bites

Plain old cheese and crackers are great, but these little morsels of soft cream cheese and grated apple are the best. Get the recipe: Creamy Cheddar and Apple Bites

plate with small cheese balls, crackers and apple slicesPhoto: Ryan Schulz

Kiwi-Yogurt Cups

Greek yogurt makes for a protein-packed snack for any time of day. Not a kiwi fan? Any fruit will do. Get the recipe: Kiwi-Yogurt Cups

cup with layers of yogurt and kiwisPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Fruit and Sunflower Seed Bars

These bars use five ingredients and take 10 minutes to prep. Pop them in the fridge to set and you’ve got chewy fruit bars to munch all week. Get the recipe: Fruit and Sunflower Seed Bars

Two fruit and sunflower seed barsPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Cashew Hummus

Raw veggies and pita are fun to swipe through this thick and flavourful hummus. Nuts plus chickpeas also means you’ve got one protein-packed snack to set out while you prep dinner. Get the recipe: Cashew Hummus

bowl of hummus with cucumber and crackers

Homemade Apple-Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal

Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast. Prep the dry ingredients in bulk then just add water for a warm, comforting snack in seconds. Get the recipe: Homemade Apple-Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal

thermos of apple cinnamon oatmeal

Stuffed Cucumber Bites

Hollowed out cuke is a great home for cream cheese and dill. Get the recipe: Stuffed Cucumber Bites

plate of cucumber slices hallowed out and stuffed with cream cheese


Blueberry-Ginger Muffins

A fruity muffin hits the spot after a long day of learning. Make a few batches to freeze for easy grab-and-go munchies. Get the recipe: Blueberry-Ginger Muffins

blueberry muffin recipePhoto: Roberto Caruso

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This article was originally published on Aug 07, 2018

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