School is starting, and when kids arrive home at the end of the day, they are hungry! Rather than serve up the same old granola bars, cheese sticks or storebought cookies, welcome them with some fun treats that show how much you’ve missed them. If you’ve been busy that day and haven’t gotten around to making any snacks, never fear. You can also enjoy some quality time together as you and your kids make these yummy snack recipes and before you have to tackle that homework.
Fruit Squeezer Banana Pops
These banana pops are definitely on the healthy side but pack loads of creative fun as well. Simply halve a banana, put it on a popsicle stick, squeeze some pouched fruit or yogurt on it, top with sprinkles, mini chocolate chips or another topping of your choice and freeze. You’ll have to wait about an hour for them to harden, but the results are sure to be worth the wait.
Recipe from: Hello Wonderful
These fun, little guys look playfully mischievous when you combine Babybel cheese rounds, googly eyes, non-toxic glue and a little creativity. Googly eyes in multiple sizes and a sharp knife (adult use only!) make this a group project where everyone wins. As a bonus, the monster protein helps this snack to stick with kids until supper is on the table.
Recipe from: Danya Banya
Nutella Berry Crepes
Chocolate and fruit is pretty much a foolproof combination in this delectable treat. Blender batter crepes are simple to whip up and fill with nutella and any fresh berry combination that appeals to you (think strawberries, raspberries, blueberries). If you’re out of berries, a sliced banana works well, too.
Recipe from: Dinner At the Zoo
Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters
Only three ingredients make this a super-quick, throw-together snack.Melted chocolate, melted peanut butter and peanut butter puffs mixed together make for a tasty, protein-packed treat. After dropping spoonfools on waxed paper and placing in fridge or freezer, you’ll only have to wait a few minutes before these clusters harden.
Recipe from: Homemade Interest
Zucchini Pizza Bites
A savory, fun and healthful treat, these zucchini pizza bites satisfy your child’s salty craving without grabbing a boring bag of chips. Tiny pepperoni (store-bought or cut smaller to fit), pasta sauce, cheese and zucchini provide a robust and healthy snack that most pizza-lovers will enjoy.
Recipe from: Damn Delicious
Using twine and a little candy and cookies with holes in the middle, snack necklaces provide opportunities to encourage both creativity and fine motor skills. Use what you have around the house or take your child with you to the store to purchase Fruit Loops, cookies, pretzels or any other fun item through which the twine can be threaded. Your kids will love that they’re fun and edible, too!
Recipe from: The Seasoned Mom
Sour Worm Popsicles
Sour-loving kids will go crazy for these popsicles, made of sour worms (or any other sour candy)and your choice of fruit juice Pop them in some popsicle molds. These will need to be made a day ahead in order to be enjoyed due to freezing time.
Recipe from: A Mom’s Take
S’more Snack Mix
Storebought trail mixes are fine, but creating your own is even more exciting. Try this delicious s’more combination using Golden Grahams cereal, small pretzels, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. Drizzling the pretzels with additional chocolate makes this treat even more exciting and delicious.
Recipe from: Like Mother Like Daughter
Snacks don’t have to be boring when you have some new, fun ideas to work with. Let us know which one is a favorite at your house!