14 Easy, Healthy Snacks Kids Can Make
If there's one thing we know about kids, it's that they love snacks. And asking for snacks. Like, all the time. Maybe it's time you taught them how to make their own healthy snacks. Here are 14 healthy snacks easy enough for kids to make. You'll want to supervise your youngest, of course, but older kids can pitch in and help, too.
Baked Sweet Potato Coins
This recipe calls for use of a spiralizer, but if you don't have one, follow Molly's lead: "I used my mandolin to slice the sweet potato. I loved the taste of these and the ease of making them. Great recipe that I will be using again!" Caution: You might not want younger kids to use the mandolin due to it's ultra-sharp edge, but even the littlest cooks can help season the chips before they bake. Serve with their favorite dip.
Apple Frog for Kids
Recipe creator Barbara says, "I saw a frog like this on a hotel buffet and then started making them for my kids at home as a fun, cute snack that is also healthy!"
Ants on a Log
This recipe really takes SHANNON2E back: "My brothers and I used to love this when we were children. I made it for my niece when she was visiting and she loved it too! A family tradition lives on." This is the perfect recipe to let kids make all on their own. Really little ones might make a bit of a mess, but it all tastes the same.
Healthy Peanut Butter Fruit Dip
Recipe submitter sonispencer says this is "a healthier, lower-fat, and lower-calorie version of peanut butter fruit dip. Great with crisp apples!" This is another great one to whip up at the start of the week, and either prepare fruit for dipping as needed, or slice up a bunch ahead of time and refrigerate in a large resealable plastic bag. (Toss sliced apples in some lemon juice to keep them from browning.)
Healthier Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips
"I absolutely love this recipe. It's seriously one of my favorite snacks," says Marne. This would be a great recipe to make for a playdate. It serves 10 and is known to be a real crowd-pleaser.
Garlic Parmesan Hummus
Hummus is a great dip for getting kids to eat veggies. Let them choose which ones they'd like to use for dipping, then prepare enough for the week and refrigerate in a large resealable plastic bag.
Summer Berry Parfait with Yogurt and Granola
"This not only tastes good, it's good for you," says Jillian. "I recently got into using wheat germ and it's great with fruit and yogurt. I used fat free Greek vanilla yogurt and topped the whole thing off with a little honey." This is another recipe that even little kids can make nearly on their own. It may or may not look pretty, but if you provide the right layering options, it'll still be healthy!
Easy Roasted Chickpeas
If you don't have time to soak dried chickpeas like this recipe calls for, use Becksters' method: "I used canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed, and then I let them dry out on paper towels for an hour or two." Make this crunchy, salty snack as a healthy protein-packed alternative to chips.
Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie
"I used a large frozen banana, organic vanilla yogurt and one quarter cup of strawberry-pineapple-orange juice," says Sarah Jo. "The kids thought this was great." Just a little blending is all that's needed to whip up this healthy snack — an easy task for kids of most ages.
No-Bake Energy Bites
"This is a healthy take on the traditional no bake cookies," says recipe creator Hiedi Heaton. "So good and good for you! I am always asked for this recipe every time I make them. They are a hit with the kids and the adults, and always go quick! I store them in the freezer because I think they taste best frozen, but not necessary."
Black Bean Hummus without Tahini
"A low-fat spicy black bean hummus without tahini lightened up by omitting the traditional ingredient without sacrificing taste. Pair with veggies and crackers for a healthy snack or spread on sandwich for extra protein and spice! Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week." —Megan Olson
Granola Bars III
Let the kids measure out and mix the ingredients, then they can pat it into the baking pan. Reviewer Karen Knox says, "This is a really easy recipe. My kids eat this all up in a few days. I use applesauce instead of oil, chocolate chips instead of raisins and no nuts (the kids are picky) and they turn out soft and delicious. Make these!"
Fruit Skewers with Apple Cinnamon Dipping Sauce
Kids can stir up the easy yogurt dip and even thread the fruit onto skewers, if they're old enough. What a fun way to encourage them to make and eat healthier snacks.
Cute Grape Caterpillars for Kids
Bugs! The kids are eating bugs! Again!