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23 After-School Snack Recipe Ideas That Take No Time To Make

Here are some easy and delicious after-school snack recipes will help keep your kids' energy up until dinner. They're easy to make, require very little cooking time, and the kids are sure to love them!
23 After-School Snack Recipe Ideas That Take No Time To Make
23 After-School Snack Recipe Ideas That Take No Time To Make
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If you are a busy mom, you know how tough it can be to come up with wholesome after-school snacks that kids will love.

Are you tired of making the same old snacks for your kids after school? Are you looking for some new recipes to try that are quick and easy to make?

Today, we’re sharing 23 different after-school snack recipes to keep your kids happy, healthy, and away from junk food.

From homemade apple pop tarts and chicken nuggets to fruit roll-ups and cute sandwiches, we have some recipe ideas your kids will absolutely love!

So go ahead and bookmark this page, and you'll always have a delicious snack ready when the kids get home from school.

1. Grilled Peanut Butter & Apple Sandwich

SANDWICHBREAKFAST

Grilled Peanut Butter & Apple Sandwich

The Simple Veganista

This grilled peanut butter and apple sandwich has plenty of protein, fiber and other good nutrients to keep your little ones energized and happy.

2. Hawaiian Spam Musubi

RICECOMFORT FOOD

Ginger-Soy Spam Musubi

Lauren Holdcroft at SideChef

Thick slices of spam are fried crispy, then simmered in a sweet soy sauce before being placed atop a block of fluffy rice and covered in a strip of seaweed - fun, easy, and delicious!

3. No-Bake Energy Bars

BREAKFASTQUICK AND EASY

No-Bake Breakfast Energy Bars

SideChef

These no-bake energy bars contain healthy ingredients like roasted nuts, dried fruit, peanut butter, and honey! They are perfect for a delicious on-the-go breakfast or a quick, healthy after-school snack.

4. Hidden Veggie Sausage Rolls

LUNCHBRUNCH

Hidden Veggie Sausage Rolls

Whitney Lofts

We've updated the humble sausage roll with some extra veggies in a way that even the pickiest kids won't notice! These are excellent healthified snacks!

5. Homemade Chicken Nuggets

APPETIZERSMAIN DISH

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Lady and Pups

These chicken nuggets will make your kids forget about the fast food nugget variety cause they are way more delicious!

Make these chicken nuggets ahead of time and store them in the freezer to always have a quick after-school snack at your hands! Loved by kids and adults equally!

6. Sunflower Butter and Banana Comfort Toasties

HEALTHYBREAKFAST

Sunflower Butter and Banana Comfort Toastie

Joyous Health

Use sliced sweet potatoes instead of a bland toast! These sunflower seed butter and banana toasties are naturally gluten-free, nutrient-dense, and delicious.
You can swap sunflower seed butter for almond or peanut butter.

7. Cheesy Pizza Scrolls

LUNCHBRUNCH

Cheesy Pizza Scrolls

One Pot Chef Show

Cheesy Pizza Scrolls are a fantastic baked treat all kids will love. They can also be a baking project to get your kids in the kitchen and have some fun making their pizza snacks after school.

8. Healthy Zucchini Brownies

HEALTHYDESSERT

Healthy Zucchini Brownies

SideChef

Here is a super easy and quick recipe for healthy brownies with zucchini. Zucchini will make your brownie moist and rich while balancing the cocoa flavor. It’s the perfect ingredient for fudgy brownies, and unless you tell you used zucchini, no one will know!

9. Plum Fruit Roll-Ups

DESSERTVEGETARIAN

Plum Fruit Roll-Ups

Live Eat Learn

These Plum Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups have four ingredients and require only a blender and an oven! Make ahead of time and store a quick healthy snack in the fridge.

10. Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts

DESSERTBUDGET-FRIENDLY

Apple Cinnamon Pop Tarts

Abundant Harvest Organics

Forget the store-bought pop tarts and make your own at home.

11. Wholegrain Buckwheat Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

BREAKFASTDESSERT

Eggless Wholegrain Buckwheat Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Passionate About Baking

These cookies come together in minutes; they are fuss-free and absolutely delicious. Swap the chocolate chips for raisins, and maybe add some walnuts. Either way, these will disappear before you know it!

12. Oven Baked Fish Nuggets

PESCATARIANDATE NIGHT

Oven Baked Fish Nuggets

One Pot Chef Show

Oven Baked Fish Nuggets is a healthier alternative to the deep-fried fish snacks that kids love. Fish pieces are dusted with seasoned flour, dipped in an egg wash, and lightly crumbed in crushed cornflakes. Lightly baked until golden and crunchy these little nuggets will be an instant hit - give it a go!

13. Animal Face Chocolate and Peanut Butter Rice Cakes

HEALTHYDESSERT

Animal Face Chocolate and Peanut Butter Rice Cakes

Lemons and Basil

These Animal Face Chocolate and Peanut Butter Rice Cakes are the perfect after-school snack where fun meets healthy and tasty!

14. Cheese Rolls

APPETIZERSSIDE DISH

Cheese Rolls

Look and Cook

These cheese rolls are very easy to make. They are filled with bell pepper, herbs, and cheese filling rolled in spring roll wrappers. Kids love them!

15. Pear Apricot Snack Bars

HEALTHYVEGETARIAN

Pear Apricot Snack Bars

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

These pear apricot snack bars are so easy to make ahead over the weekend for a satisfying, yummy breakfast or afternoon snack all week! They have lots of substance and flavor.

16. Air Fried Mozzarella Sticks

APPETIZERSSIDE DISH

Air Fried Mozzarella Sticks

Nicko's Kitchen

These much healthier mozzarella sticks are still delicious yet don't need to be deep-fried!

17. Chia Seed Protein Pudding Snack

BREAKFASTDESSERT

Chia Seed Protein Pudding Snack

Jessica Gavin

Chia seed protein pudding combines healthy nutrients like fiber and probiotics in every cup. Topped with fresh peaches, raspberries, and nuts for a tasty healthy snack.

18. Bacon and Cheese Waffles

BREAKFASTBRUNCH

Bacon and Cheese Waffles

In the Kitchen with Jonny

A savory waffle that is ready in ten minutes - the perfect after-school snack!

19. Mini Leftover Ham & Cheese Puffs

APPETIZERSQUICK AND EASY

Mini Leftover Ham & Cheese Puffs

Tina Sawasdee at SideChef

Frozen puff pastry makes these little puffs come together in a flash - and they’ll be gone just as quickly.

20. Homemade Tater Tots

APPETIZERSSIDE DISH

Homemade Tater Tots

SideChef

Crispy, crunchy tater tots can be made at home and be on the table in under an hour. Need we say more? The key to success in this budget-friendly Tater Tots recipe is freezing the potatoes before frying. Say goodbye to store-bought bags and hello to these delicious little tots!

21. Pimento Egg Salad Sandwich

SANDWICHLUNCH

Pimento Egg Salad Sandwich

SideChef

These sandwiches are as easy to make as they are delicious and fulfilling.

22. Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

LUNCHDINNER

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen

These quesadillas are simple, flavorful, and packed with protein.

23. Dawg Chow Cinnamon Chocolate Snack Mix

BUDGET-FRIENDLYVEGETARIAN

Dawg Chow Cinnamon Chocolate Snack Mix

Buy This Cook That

Sweet and salty snack mix with a ton of crunch and flavor.

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