26+ Easy & Nutritious After School Snacks

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Easy after school snacks that the kids will love. These 26+ nutritious after school snack recipes will keep the kids full and satisfied until dinnertime.

Easy after school snacks that the kids will love. These 26 nutritious after school snack recipes will keep the kids full and satisfied until dinnertime.

With back to school season in full effect, it has me thinking of snack ideas for the kids to enjoy when the get home from school. It is important for the kids to have nutritious snacks that will keep they satisfied until dinner and give them the energy they need to tackle their homework — unless they are lucky enough to not have any!

Today I have a wide variety of easy after school snack ideas to share with you. From fruit and vegetables to peanut butter and cheese, the kids will love these healthy after school snack recipes.

Snacks With Veggies

Easy Carrot-Shaped Cold Veggie Pizza Bars

What better way to get the kids excited to eat veggies than by disguising them as pizza? These easy cold veggie pizza bars combine cheese, carrots, and broccoli for a healthy afterschool snack idea.

tomato parmesan bagel bites

If you are looking for a snack idea for tweens or teens with a hearty appetite, why not try these tasty tomato parmesan bagel bites?

Cucumber Sushi

The little ones will love this fun take on sushi — no seafood or rice necessary! This clever recipe for cucumber sushi is one that the kids will be asking for again and again.

loaded pizza pinwheels

What kid doesn’t love pizza? These loaded pizza pinwheels are a great way to serve pizza in a snack-sized portion perfect for after school. Plus, you can sneak some veggies in them for added nutrition!

Ranch BLT Pinwheels made with flour tortillas, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and ranch dressing stacked on a white plate.

Ranch BLT pinwheels are simple to make using bacon, lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing, and tortillas. The bite-sized sandwiches are perfect for kids to enjoy after school.

Snacks with Cheese

turkey and cheese tortilla roll-ups
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Cheese is a great source of protein, which makes it perfect for an after school snack. Incorporate cheese into your after school snacks with these easy peasy turkey and cheese tortilla roll-ups.

String Cheese Pencil Stubs

Another fun after school snack that uses cheese are these adorable string cheese pencil stubs. These little pencils are almost too cute to eat!

Mac and Cheese Bites

For a cheesy treat that is also dairy-free, whip up some of these vegan mac and cheese bites. They can be made to be gluten-free as well.

after school pirate snack

Arrrrgh! Have a kiddo that is a pirate-lover? They will love this creative after school pirate snack.

puff pastry snack roll ups

Serving up a plate of these tasty puff pastry snack roll ups will keep the kids satisfied until dinner.

After-School Snack Ideas Using Fruit

Made with apples, peanut butter, strawberries, sunflower seeds, and edible eyes, these Monster Apple Bites are a fun snack packed with nutrition! Perfect for Halloween or whenever you are looking for a fun snack idea for the kids.

The kids will get a kick out of these fun monster apple bites. This after school snack recipe combines apples, strawberries, peanut butter, and sunflower seeds to make this spooky treat.

cherry oatmeal bar on pink tablecloth with old-fashioned oats sprinkled on the table

No-Bake granola bars make a great after-school snack option. These cherry almond bars are packed with rolled oats, dried cherries, and almonds for a healthy and filling snack option. The bars can be easily made gluten-free as well.

These easy yogurt popsicles are packed with fresh berries and granola, making them a tasty frozen breakfast to enjoy on-the-go on busy mornings.

On a hot afternoon, nothing beats an ice-cold treat. Skip the ice cream and make the kids a batch of these yogurt, berry, and granola popsicles instead.

Monster Energy Balls with oats, mini M&Ms, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and honey.

These no-bake monster energy balls are the perfect grab-and-go snack for busy families. With just 5 ingredients and 10 minutes, you can whip up a batch of more than 20 energy balls to enjoy as a quick afternoon snack or lunchbox treat.

Candied grapes made with red and green jello powder in a white bowl.

Turn grapes into candy with this easy 2-ingredient candy grape recipe. Candied grapes are incredibly simple to make with your choice of jello mix and make for a fun treat for the kids. They are so yummy that you will forever you are even eating fruit!

apple sandwiches

Nutritious apple sandwiches are easy to make using just 4 ingredients. In fact, they are so easy to make that the kids can even help put them together too.

Swap out potato chips for these baked apple chips. So easy to make and much better for you as well.

easy banana sushi rolls

Another fun twist on sushi are these easy banana sushi rolls. You can’t beat how quick they are to make – this back to school snack only takes 5 minutes to make!

Nutella banana bites

When it comes to after school snack ideas, it doesn’t get much simpler than these Nutella banana bites. This quick and easy recipe incorporates bananas and raspberries in a bite-sized snack idea that is perfect for serving the kids after school.

These adorable chocolate covered strawberry ladybugs are the perfect treat for your next summer party.

Or why not transform strawberries into ladybugs for a fun after school treat? These strawberry ladybugs are actually quite easy to make too.

peanut butter and fruit parfait recipe

Is it just me or does eating a parfait make you feel as though you are eating a dessert? This peanut butter and fruit parfait recipe is perfect for the kids to enjoy before starting their homework.

Trail Mix Energy Balls

These easy-to-make, no-bake energy balls are packed protein, making them a healthy after school idea for the kids.

chocolate fruit bites

Packed with peanut butter, these chocolate fruit bites are tasty and nutritious. They are also the perfect size for little hands!

three bears Nutella snacks

These three bears Nutella snacks are not only adorable, but they are delicious as well. I mean who can resist Nutella?

Delicious pineapple cherry smoothie recipe made with frozen pineapple, cherries, kale, almond milk, yogurt, and vanilla extract. A tasty and refreshing treat for kids or grown-ups!

Smoothies are another great after school snack option. This pineapple cherry smoothie is easy to make and packed with 1/2 a cup of kale. Shhhhh don’t tell the kids!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe with Greek Yogurt

Another great option is a strawberry banana smoothie with Greek yogurt. Easy to make and so yummy the kids will be begging you to make it again and again.

Rainbow tacos

Rainbow tacos are a fun and colorful after-school snack that the kids can help to make. Plus, they are totally vegan and gluten-free as well!

banana granola snacks

These easy banana granola snacks dress up bananas by adding some delicious toppings, making for a nutritious treat.

With only 3 ingredients these homemade fruit roll-ups are easy to make and nutritious too.

Easy after school snacks that the kids will love. These 26 nutritious after school snack recipes will keep the kids full and satisfied until dinnertime.

I hope you found plenty of easy after school snack ideas that your kids will enjoy.

What are your kids’ favorite after school snacks? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. So many great afternoon snacks. I can’t wait to see if my kids like that cucumber sushi. So creative.

  2. Awesome snack suggestions! My kids all come home hungry at different times throughout the afternoon, so having something healthy and delicious on hand for them to enjoy is especially important.

  3. Perfect timing and so many delicious idea. Love all the veggies ideas since our garden is still growing, we need ideas to use that up.

  4. Awesome post. All the snacks look so interesting and are innovative that I would like to make it for my son so that he can have it after coming home from school. Keep sharing such amazing snacks ideas with moms.

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