I put together a week’s worth of kid-approved after-school snacks, which also make great snacks for summer afternoons!
During the few weeks I was between jobs I kept Peanut home with me for a bit, and we would pick Pumpkin at the end of the school day (rather than send her to after care as we do when I’m working). Now, we normally have lots of snacks for the girls in the house, but mostly they’re the type to take on-the-go: applesauce pouches, granola bars, etc. I thought I should put in a little more effort for something fun for the girls to eat when Pumpkin came home. While I started out this post intending it to be for after-school snacks, these are also appropriate for summer break.
DIY Trail Mix
My kids are always happy when they get to serve themselves, which makes the DIY trail mix so perfect. It’s also super easy and very customizable! For ours, I sought a combination of items that included savory and sweet, plus fruit and protein. Here’s what we used:
- Cheddar Bunnies
- Yogurt-Covered raisins
- Banana Chips
- Sesame Sticks
- Chocolate Sunflower Seed Drops
Pumpkin’s Special Snack
Pumpkin doesn’t like peanut butter (which sometimes makes me question whether she’s actually my kid since I eat it by the spoonful) but she does like almond butter, and one day she came up with this snack all on her own, hence the name. When she wants to have it, she asks, “Mom, can I make my special snack?” So cute! Like the trail mix, half the appeal is making it herself – and it couldn’t be easier. All you need is graham crackers, almond butter and jelly. Spread the almond butter and jelly on the grahams, and voila!
Pumpkin enjoys her special snack with a glass of milk.
This is the healthiest snack on our round-up, and like the trail mix it’s very customizable and the girls can serve themselves. Plus little ones love to dip! All you need is hummus (I used my family recipe) a variety of veggies (we had carrots, cucumbers and small peppers), and some pita bread and/or pretzels, plus a side of Armenian string cheese (you can get it at the Middle Eastern Deli and Bakery in Phoenix or Princess Market in Mesa).
Chocolate Cheerio Bars
- 3 cups Chocolate Cheerios
- 3/4 cup Peanut Butter
- 1/2 cup Marshmallow Fluff
Melt peanut butter in a saucepan over low heat, turn off heat and stir in marshmallow fluff, then combine with Cheerios. Pour mixture in an 8×8-inch pan and chill in the refrigerator. I served them with a side of fresh fruit and leftover marshallow fluff for dipping.
Nice cream is a one-ingredient substitute for ice cream. It’s so easy to make – it just takes time to freeze – and endlessly customizable. First, slice ripe bananas and freeze for a couple hours. Then, blend in a food processor until smooth (this can take a few minutes).
At this point, you can simply re-freeze, or you can add mix-ins before putting back in the freezer. I divided ours into three portions. I left one plain, added mini chocolate chips to one, and added strawberries to another. (Peanut butter is also a nice addition!) Then, they go back into the freezer for a couple more hours.
Scoop and serve just like regular ice cream, and add any toppings you like! For this serving, we used mini chocolate chips, strawberries and sliced almonds.
The girls enjoyed having something special after school, and getting to make their own. What are your favorite snacks for kids?