34 After School Snacks for Your Kids

Kid-Pleasing Snacks That Are Easy to Make

Pita Bread Pizzas

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After a long day of school and learning, kids are hungry when they get home. Give them something yummy to fill up those hungry tummies, with this collection of our favorite after school snacks that kids love, and parents can feel good about serving.

Whether your kids head straight to the TV or computer after school, or need a quick snack before lessons and extra-curricular activities, these awesome, popular after school snack recipes are great for keeping children satisfied until dinner time.

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    Easy Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas

    Easy Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas

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    Easy cheesy chicken quesadillas are great for satisfying hungry kids after school and take just 15 minutes to make. Older kids can even learn to make it themselves. It's an essential after school snack recipe that is so easy to customize, with ideas for variations included in the recipe.

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    Fruity Popcorn

    Fruity Popcorn

    Elizabeth LaBau

     

    Fruity popcorn is a fun and delicious popcorn treat featuring salty nuts and popcorn covered in a light, crunchy candy coating that is bursting with fruit flavor. The fruit flavor comes from Jell-O, so you have a wide variety of flavors to choose from when making this easy treat. Kids will shout for fruity popcorn as an after school snack, at sleepovers, and on family television nights.

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    Low-Fat Banana Muffins

    Low Fat Banana Muffins

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    Kids will love coming home to the warm, comforting aroma of these sweet low-fat banana muffins cooking in the kitchen. They're awesome enjoyed plain, or you can add in some raisins or a handful of mini chocolate chips for an indulgent treat. Wonderful as an after school treat and at breakfast too.

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    Homemade Hummus Dip

    Homemade Hummus Dip

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    Homemade hummus dip is a protein-rich dip which makes a great alternative to peanut butter. Spread onto sliced bread and pita bread triangles, or use for dipping vegetables and crackers. This recipe makes enough hummus for a filling and nutritious after school snack, plus some to spare.

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    Pita Bread Pizzas

    Pita Bread Pizzas

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    Kids love pita bread pizzas. Just set up pita loaves, sauce, and your toppings buffet-style, and allow your kids' imagination to take over. All you have to do is bake the end product and you will have a fun and creative after school snack.

    This recipe is also perfect when your kids have friends over, for sleepovers, Friday night movies, or just whenever your kids need a quick pick-me-up in under 20 minutes.

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    The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

    The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Claire Cohen

     

    Welcome kids home from school with a plate of the best chocolate chip cookies and a big glass of milk. Because these cookies that are packed with yummy white chocolate, milk chocolate, and semi-sweet chocolate chips bake at a lower temperature than ordinary chocolate chip cookies, they have a beautifully even texture and crispness that kids will love.

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    Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Grilled cheese sandwich

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    Yes, this really is the perfect grilled cheese sandwich recipe. Serve it to hungry kids, along with some baby carrots or grape tomatoes and a dab of ketchup on the side for an easy, cheesy, classic after school snack your kids will ask for again and again.

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    Chocolate Banana Bread

    Chocolate Banana Bread

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    Yummy and a little healthy, chocolate banana bread is sure to please. This sweet quick bread recipe uses unsweetened cocoa powder. The flavor doesn't come with a lot of calories and there are even some added nutritional benefits to go with those bananas. To make it especially pleasing to the kids, a few chocolate chips on top are the perfect indulgence.

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    Football Cookies

    Chocolate Football Cookies

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    Little sports fans will thoroughly enjoy these football cookies. The delicious chocolate cookies are rolled out and a football-shaped cookie cutter gives them the signature shape. Mix up the quick royal icing and pipe on the white laces for a fun treat.

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    Unicorn Doughnuts

    Unicorn Doughnuts

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    Unicorn doughnuts are as much fun to make as they are to eat. Treat kids to these fairyland-inspired buttermilk doughnuts and you're sure to see lots of smiles. The doughnuts are baked in a special pan that ensures a perfect shape, and the toppings are only limited to your imagination. Color the glaze however you like, show off your creativity by flinging white chocolate around, and dress them up with glittery edible sprinkles to your heart's content.

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    Magic Shell

    Magic Shell Topping for Ice Cream

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    Dress up the kids' ice cream with a chocolate magic shell. It's a quick recipe that melts semi-sweet chocolate chips with coconut oil in the microwave. This delicious topping also works as a dip for ice cream bars and cones.

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    Unicorn Rice Krispies Treats

    Unicorn Rice Krispies Treats

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    Jazz up a favorite snack with these unicorn Rice Krispies treats. It's as easy as the original no-bake recipe but is frosted in a rainbow of colors. Melt the white chocolate, divide it up, color it in any way you like, then have fun decorating. For a little extra magic, be sure to add sprinkles.

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    Egg Cream

    Egg Cream

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Dress up chocolate milk and make a classic New York egg cream at home. The name is deceiving because there's no egg included, though that was an ingredient in the original recipe. The modern version of this soda shop drink simply adds a fun fizz to the combination of milk and chocolate syrup.

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    Unicorn Pop Tarts

    Unicorn Pop Tarts

     Kristina Vanni

    This recipe for unicorn pop tarts plays on Kellogg's classic breakfast treat. The colorful pastry crust holds sweetened cream cheese and rainbow sprinkles. With vanilla glaze and more rainbow sprinkles, this homemade version tastes best enjoyed fresh from the oven.

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    Monster Cookies

    Monster Cookies

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    Place a monster cookie on a plate and watch your child's eyes grow with excitement. These cookies are always a hit and they're fun to bake, too. Oats, chocolate chunks, peanuts, and candy-coated chocolates are added to basic cookie dough for this recipe. Use whatever you like or have on hand, whether it's different flavored chips and leftover nuts, or even dried fruit.

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    Fairy Bread

    Fairy Bread

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    Fairy bread is super fun for kids, and you'll love that it's incredibly easy. Underneath that layer of colorful sprinkles is nothing more than white bread and butter. There's no cooking or fuss to this recipe, so you can make any afternoon magical for your little ones.

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    Andes Mint Cookies

    Andes Mint Cookies

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    The kids will go crazy for these Andes Mint cookies. Each bite offers the delicious taste of the little chocolate mint candies, and the recipe is as easy as any other drop cookie. Some of the candy melts right into the dough, while larger chunks act as a stand-in for chocolate chips.

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    Unicorn Pretzels

    pretzel rods wrapped with honey caramel and dipped in white chocolate decorated with sprinkles and colorful white chocolate drizzle

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    Sweet and salty pretzel rods with a kaleidoscope of color make a perfect after school treat. Let the kids help dip and decorate for tasty family fun.

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    Chocolate Banana Smoothie

    Chocolate Banana Smoothie Recipe

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    Kids will go bananas over this delicious chocolate banana smoothie recipe that tastes just like a milkshake, but actually is far more nutritious. With plenty of protein, fiber, and calcium, it makes a terrific, sneaky healthy snack that parents can feel good about giving their kids.

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    Homemade Sweet Potato Chips

    Sweet Potato Chips

    Molly Watson

     

    Store-bought vegetable chips are delicious and make a popular after school snack, but they're often heavy in sodium. Why not make your own homemade sweet potato chips for kids to enjoy after school, with this simple recipe? Making them is easier than you think, and sweet potatoes are an excellent source of healthy B vitamins.

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    Greek Tortilla Wrap

    Greek Tortilla Wraps

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    When kids come home hungry, and it's hours until dinner, satisfy their cravings with this healthy and delicious vegetarian Greek tortilla wrap. 

    It's a great hand-held snack that they can eat on-the-go, too, whether they're traveling to lessons or heading outside to ride bikes. Feta cheese and lightly marinated veggies are wrapped up in a healthy whole wheat flour tortilla, for an easy snack.

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    Gluten-Free Apple Oat Muffins

    Gluten-Free Apple Oat Muffins

    Jennifer K Rakowski

    Muffins make a great hand-held snack when your kids are rushing to lessons after school. These yummy gluten-free apple oat muffins are a great way to celebrate the sweetness of fall apples, and make a terrific afternoon snack or a special treat at breakfast. They're also suitable for gluten-free diets.

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    Quick Microwave Nachos

    Easy microwave nachos

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    Kids adore cheesy nachos, and these quick, five-minute quick microwave nachos make the perfect after-school snack. They are fast and easy to prepare, and you can adjust this recipe in plenty of different ways to suit your kids' tastes, with the ideas included here.

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    Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

    Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

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    You may want to reduce the cayenne for the kids, but these spicy sweet potato fries are a tasty, savory snack. The fries cook up quickly in the deep fryer, though you could make them in the air fryer if you prefer. It's a brilliant way to get kids to eat their vegetables.

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    Chocolate Milkshake

    chocolate milkshake

     Leah Maroney

    There are weekday smoothies (like the one mentioned above), and then there are Friday afternoon milkshakes. Sometimes, you just want to give your kids the treat—and for those occasions, this is the classic recipe you'll want, every time. It's just milk (soy milk, almond milk, or any non-dairy milk will work great), vanilla ice cream, and chocolate syrup. That's it. If you want to kick it up a notch, top with whip cream, sprinkles, crushed-up candy bars, or powdered candy canes. The sky's the limit.

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    Ranger Cookies

    Ranger cookies recipes

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    These chewy, scrumptious ranger cookies are loaded with oats, coconut, crunchy corn flakes, and the goodness of oats. Perfectly simple, delicious, and full of great flavor and texture, they are a favorite for after-school snacking.

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    Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Roll-Ups

    Buffalo Chicken Roll Ups

    Leah Maroney

     

    Buffalo chicken tortilla roll-ups are a great choice when you're thinking about after school snacks. These cute little roll-ups are full of delicious roasted chicken, spicy wing sauce, and tangy blue cheese, and take only 10 minutes to put together, making them a favorite for busy moms and dads, too. There's no cooking involved, and they taste great cold, making them a great all-season snack for kids.

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    Banana Oatmeal Cookies

    Banana Oatmeal Cookies

     Kristina Vanni 

    Kids won't even realize they're getting heart-healthy ingredients when eating these banana oatmeal cookies with walnuts. Fill the cookie jar with these treats for a needed after-school energy boost.

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    Easy Pigs in a Blanket

    Easy Pigs in a Blanket

    Diana Rattray

     

    Adorable easy pigs in a blanket make a delicious after school treat idea for kids. You can also repurpose this easy, kid-friendly recipe as a party appetizer when you're having families over on the weekend. Kids can't get enough of them.

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    Gluten-Free Rice Crispy Treats

    Gluten-Free Rice Crispy Treats

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    Gluten-free rice crispy treats are fast, easy, chewy, gooey, and delicious—a gluten-free kid's favorite. Make a batch to serve kids after school, for sleepovers, and when you're ferrying kids to and from after school activities.

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    Banana Bread

    Banana Bread

    Stephanie Gallagher

     

    Everyone loves banana bread, and kids will demand that you make this fabulous banana bread recipe over and over. Welcome them home from school with warmed up slices of delicious, lightly spiced banana bread. You can add a pat of melting butter or enjoy their simple goodness without it.

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    Easy Tuna Melts

    Easy Tuna Melts

    Diana Rattray

     

    Easy tuna melts make a nutritious and filling snack idea for after school. Kids love these open-face sandwiches that are filled with tangy tuna salad, mounded on sliced English muffins, and topped with sliced tomatoes and cheese. A quick trip under the broiler to melt the cheese and they're ready to eat at the kitchen table or in front of the TV. This recipe can also make an easy weeknight meal for busy families if you double up on the ingredients.

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    Crescent Roll Pizza Pinwheels

    Crescent Roll Pizza Pinwheels

    Diana Rattray

     

    What kid doesn't like pizza flavorings? These crescent roll pizza pinwheels easily prepared with crescent roll dough, pepperoni, and cheese, along with a few other chopped additions. With tips for variations included, this recipe makes a super tasty TV snack that kids will love.

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    Ham Salad Wraps

    Ham Salad Wraps

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    Ham salad wraps are a delicious make-ahead cold sandwich treat that are perfect for after school snack time. Cream cheese, mustard, corn, and deviled ham spread are wrapped in corn tortillas. You could also use canned salmon, chicken, or tuna in place of the deviled ham. Let kids grab these wraps and go, or cut them into slices to create fun pinwheel sandwiches.