Kids can be fussy eaters and get bored quickly. With school life, parenting, homework woes, and a whole lot of messy fun, the last thing you want to think about is what to pack for their lunch.
Snacks these days on the grocery aisle are packed with added sugars, carbs, and lots of preservatives and hidden ingredients. We believe good nutrition begins with making snacks using clean ingredients. Your kids shouldn’t compromise on their health while enjoying their favorite snacks and neither should you.
Which is why we’ve brought you a list of 15 yummy and super healthy snack recipes for kids.
15 Quick & Nutrition Rich Snacks for Kids – Ideas With Their Recipes
If you are trying to add more vitamins, minerals, and fiber to your child’s diet, then these snacks will cover your bases. The best part is that they never get boring and are absolutely delicious. Some of these snacks are also gluten-free and vegan which means your kids won’t be suffering from food allergies or any sensitivities. We hope you enjoy the list.
1. Low-carb Mini Zucchini Pizzas
If you’re looking for low-carb snacks for your kids, then this one will satisfy your needs. The pizza sauce plus the toppings make it ultra-delicious.
- Zucchini – One large (cut diagonally in ¼ slices)
- Salt – 1/8 tsp
- Pepper – 1/8 tsp
- Pizza sauce – 1/3 cup
- Mozzarella cheese – ¾ cup
- Mini pepperoni slices – ½ cup
- Fresh basil leaves (chopped)
- Grease a baking sheet and preheat your boiler. Make the zucchini slices crisp by broiling them 3 to 4 inches away from the grill for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add salt, pepper, pizza sauce, and the pepperoni slices on top. Broil until the cheese melts for about another minute. Garnish with chopped basil leaves and serve hot.
2. Peach Crumble Dessert
Kids love peaches which is why we thought adding this dessert as an entry would make their days even sweeter. The good news is that it’s really healthy and you’ll love it too!
- Ripe Peaches (Peeled and sliced) – 6 cups
- Brown sugar – ¼ cup
- All-purpose flour – 3 tbsp
- Lemon juice – 1 tsp
- Grated Lemon Zest – ½ tsp
- Ground cinnamon – ½ tsp
For the toppings:
- All-purpose flour – 1 cup
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Baking powder – 1 tsp
- Salt – ¼ tsp
- Ground nutmeg – ¼ tsp
- Egg – 1 large
- Butter – ½ cup (melted)
- Vanilla ice cream (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and place the peaches on a greased sheet in the oven. Get a small bowl and in it mix brown sugar, flour, lemon zest, and cinnamon.
- Sprinkle peaches on the bowl and stir in flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Stir until the mixture looks like a crumbly texture. Sprinkle peaches again and add butter over the topping.
- Bake the mix in the oven for about 40 minutes and top the dessert with cold vanilla ice cream.
3. Peanut Butter And Jelly Apples
Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are a favorite among kids? But what about those who are on gluten-free diets? The answer is – Peanut Butter And Jelly Apples!
- Fresh apples – Two whole
- Roasted peanut butter – ¼ cup
- Jelly – ¼ cup
- Make ¼-inch cuts longitudinally for the apples.
- Use a cookie cutter to make a cut at the core near the center.
- Spread the peanut butter between the slices and layer them like how you would make a sandwich.
- Pour Jelly through the center core you just made and you are done.
4. Monster Trail Mix Munchies
These Monster Trail Mix Munchies are a fantastic treat for anyone who wants to enjoy the goodness of oats and Peanut butter. Your kids will love it!
- Classic rolled oats – 1 cup
- Mini chocolate chips – ½ cup
- Chopped peanuts – ¼ cup
- Raisins – ¼ cup
- Mini M & Ms – ¼ cup
- Creamy peanut butter – ¾ cup
- Honey – 1 tbsp
- Kosher salt
- Grab a large bowl and stir in the oats, chocolate chips, mini M & Ms, peanut butter, and honey.
- Season this blend with salt and make tiny balls out of it by pouring into tablespoons.
- Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until these balls harden and serve fresh.
5. Banana Sushi
Banana turned sushi, except without the rice. We know what you’re thinking but trust us, it’s a healthy snack!
- Ripe banana – 1 whole (peeled)
- Peanut butter – 2 tablespoons (melted)
- Chopped strawberries – 2 tbsp
- Mini chocolate chips – 2 tbsp
- Crushed Graham crackers – 2 tbsp
- Slice the bananas in a way that it looks like sushi slices.
- Drizzle the melted peanut butter on it.
- Top the slices with the chopped strawberries, mini chocolate chips, and crushed Graham crackers.
- Serve immediately.
6. Mexican Crispy Chickpeas
Skip the chips and cheese crackers for snacks by whipping up these tasty but delicious Mexican Crispy Chickpeas. You won’t be let down.
- Chickpeas – One 15-ounce can
- Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
- Kosher salt
For the flavoring:
- Cumin Powder – 1 tsp (grounded)
- Coriander powder – 1 tsp (grounded)
- Lemon zest – 1 tsp (grounded)
- Preheat the oven to 475 degrees and pat dry the chickpeas after removing from the can. Make sure the skins are removed and place them on a greased baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil, salt, and roast the chickpeas until they turn crisp which should take about 40 minutes.
- Add the seasoning, let it cool a bit, and serve fresh.
7. Roasted Apples with Yoghurt
If your kids hate apples, you can change their minds with this simple yet sound recipe. These make for great school snacks.
- Fresh apples – Two whole (sliced up and cored)
- Olive oil – 1 tbsp
- Thyme – 4 sprigs
- Vanilla Greek yoghurt
- Cut up the apples on their sides and grease a baking sheet. Preheat your oven, place the apples inside on the sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and roast until they turn crispy. It should take about 20 minutes.
- Add a dollop of vanilla greek yoghurt on top, garnish with a few sprigs of thyme leaves, and serve fresh.
8. Fox Toast
The Fox Toast is a tasty treat for even the fussiest of eaters. It’s simply irresistible and one of the best Halloween snacks for kids.
- Whole wheat bread – 4 slices
- Honey – 1 tbsp
- Whipped cream cheese – 1 cup
- Creamy peanut butter – 1 cup
- Ripe banana – 1 whole (sliced)
- Chocolate chips – 8 pcs
- Fresh strawberries – 8 slices
- Blueberries – 4 whole
- Almonds – 8 slices
- Mix the cream cheese and honey in a bowl. Spread it over the bottom of the toast but leave a V-gap near the top center.
- Fill the rest of the toast with creamy peanut butter. Top the toast with two banana slices for the eyes. Add chocolate chips to the banana slices for the eye dots.
- Add a blueberry just below for the nose and the slices almonds above the eyes for the eyebrows.
- For the fox ears, add the sliced strawberries just above the almond slices.
9. Apple Cinnamon Fruit Rollups
Fruit Rollups have made childhoods memorable but these Apple Cinnamon Fruit rollups make new childhoods even more so. They are also good gluten-free snacks.
- Granny Smith Apples – 4 large ones (peeled and chopped).
- Water – 1/3 cup
- Granulated sugar – 2 tbsp
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice – 1 tbsp
- Grounded cinnamon powder – 1 tsp
3 hours 20 minutes
4 to 6 servings
- Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Line up a baking sheet and grease it with olive oil.
- On a medium saucepan, mix the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon powder, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil and simmer until the liquid evaporates (should take 15 mins).
- Blend this mixture in a food processor and blend until you get a smooth texture.
- Transfer to the baking sheet and bake for 3 to 4 hours until it’s no more sticky but dry.
- Use a paring knife to cut the mix in long vertical stripes and serve fresh.
10. Peanut Butter Apple Nachos
Peanut butter Apple Nachos are absolutely delicious. Your kids will fall in love with this snack, guaranteed! They also work great as snacks for kids parties on birthdays and special occasions.
- Fresh Granny Smith apples – 2 whole (cored and cut into wedge shapes)
- Natural peanut butter – ¼ cup (warm and melted)
- Granola – 2 tbsp
- Dried cranberries – 1 tbsp
- Get a serving plate.
- Arrange the apple wedges, drizzle the peanut butter on them, top with granola and cranberries, and serve immediately.
11. Broccoli Bread With Cheddar Cheese
If your kids hate broccoli and are addicted to garlic bread, you can still help them change their minds. This Broccoli Bread with Cheddar Cheese comes very close to the real thing and makes for a delightful treat! Just try it.
- Fresh broccoli – 3 cups (pieces)
- Whole egg – 1 large
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – 1 and ½ cup
- Freshly grated Parmesan – ¼ cup
- Garlic cloves – 2 whole (minced)
- Dried oregano – ½ tsp
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Crushed red pepper flakes (pinched)
- Freshly chopped parsley leaves – 2 tsp
- Warmed marinara sauce (for serving)
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line up a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease it with olive oil. Put the diced broccoli in a bowl and microwave for 1 minute.
- Get it out and use a cheesecloth to remove any excess moisture.
- In a large bowl, mix the riced broccoli now with an egg, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, and garlic. Mix oregano, salt, and pepper and use it for the seasoning.
- Move the dough to your baking sheet and shape it into a thin circular shape. Bake for about 20 minutes and drizzle it with ½ cup mozzarella cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes until you get a melted cheesy crust that’s also crispy. Garnish with parsley and pepper flakes.
- Serve hot with a dash of marinara sauce on the side to go along with it.
12. Banana Penguins
If your children dislike kid-friendly vegetable snacks, you can start them off with some fruit and ease your way in. And these Banana Penguins are what will exactly hit the spot.
- Bananas – 6 whole
- Melted chocolate – 1 cup
- Melted coconut oil – 1 tbsp
- Candy eyes – 24 pieces
- Orange M&Ms – 36 pcs
- Remove the peels from the bananas and place them in a small bowl. Top the backs and tips of the Bananas with melted chocolate.
- Use candy eyes for making the eyes and make dots using melted chocolate. Use a bit of melted chocolate for the feet. Put orange M&Ms between the eyes for the nose and at the bottom to complete the feet.
- Refrigerate and serve cold. Your Banana Penguins are ready to be eaten!
13. Apple Fries
Skip out the French fries and go with these Apple Fries instead. Trust us, you’ll love it, and plus, they are loaded with nutrients.
- Milk – ¾ cup
- Egg – 1 large
- All-purpose flour – 1 cup
- Baking powder – 1 tsp
- Sugar – 1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp (divided)
- Ground cinnamon powder – 3 ½ tsp
- Vegetable Oil – 2 cups
- Kosher Salt – ¼ tsp
- Granny Smith apples – 3 large ones (cored and peeled)
- Warmed caramel sauce (for the dip)
- Start off by making the batter for your Apple Fries. You do this by mixing milk, egg, flour, baking powder, 2tbsp sugar, ½ tsp cinnamon, and salt in a big mixing bowl. Stir until there are no large clumps.
- Get a small bowl and mix 1/3 cup sugar with 3 tsp cinnamon powder for creating the sprinkles or dusting for the fries.
- Take a skillet and pour vegetable oil on it. Cut your apples into ½-inch wedges and dress them in the batter.
- Use cooking tongs to place the wedges in the oil and cook until they turn golden brown. Repeat for the other side by flipping and cooking for a minute.
- Remove your fried apples from the skillet and place them in a plate lined with paper towels. Drain the excess oil, sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar dusting you made and serve fresh.
14. Kids’ Birthday Popcorn
Kids’ birthday popcorn is a delicious twist to traditional birthday cakes. Your children will be craving for more of this once they’re done smacking their lips.
- Light butter popcorn – 1 whole bag
- White chocolate chips – 1 cup
- Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
- Vanilla cake mix – 3 tbsp
- Rainbow sprinkles – ¼ cup
A few minutes
- Open the light butter popcorn bag and pop it based on the instructions given in the packaging.
- Get a small, microwave-proof bowl and in it mix the vegetable oil with white chocolate chips. Heat it in the microwave in intervals of 20 seconds until they’re both fully melted. Combine the vanilla cake mix and stir well.
- Grab a resealable bag (size should be of a gallon), put the popcorn in that along with the vanilla cake and white chocolate chip mix. Leave out the kernels, seal, and shake well until the popcorn is coated well and evenly.
- Layout the popcorn on a separate baking sheet and add sprinkles on top. Refrigerate for about 20 to 25 minutes and serve chilled.
15. Gluten-free Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
Gluten-free Strawberry Oatmeal Bars give kids that sustainable energy without the sugar crash. They are much healthier than your store-bought oatmeal bars and they don’t contain any pesky fillers or preservatives. And the best part? Your kids can eat them guilt-free! We’ll tell you the recipe.
- Coconut Oil – 4 tbsp (melted)
- Non-fat Greek Yoghurt – 2 tbsp
- Egg – 1 whole
- Coconut sugar – 1/3 cup
- Vanilla – 1 tsp
- Himalayan Pink Salt – ¼ tsp
- Baking soda – ½ tsp
- Baking Powder – ¼ tsp
- Cinnamon powder – ½ tsp
- Ginger – ¼ tsp
- Oat flour – 1 cup
- Gluten-free flour mix – ½ cup
- Strawberry Jam – ¼ cup
- Ground flaxseed meal – 1 tbsp
- Preheat the oven to 385 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper on it. Melt coconut oil in a microwave for about 30 seconds in a bowl and set aside.
- Get a small bowl and whisk Greek Yoghurt and the egg. Combine the coconut sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk well until it’s smooth and there are no baking powder clumps left.
- Make the dough for the bars by adding in the oat flour, gluten-free flour mix, and coconut oil. Let it sit for 10 minutes and set aside.
- Get two sheets of wax paper and between them, roll out the dough in 10 X 12 squares. Use a pastry knife to cut the dough into eight equal squares and keep the remaining pieces left for later use.
- Pour the strawberry jam through the center of these bars lengthwise. Leave a little gap on the sides so they don’t end up getting squished. Seal up the openings by pushing and closing in the dough with your hands.
- Put the bars in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes until they look puffed up and ready. Top with the flaxseed meal and transfer to a cooling rack. Serve when they are at room temperature or store away in airtight containers for later consumption.
And that’s it! Enjoy these recipes, let your kids eat to their heart’s content and never have to worry about going beyond their calorific intake while they’re at it. In fact, with these snacks, they will feel fantastic not just physically but mentally too. Have fun!