The 30+ Healthy Snacks for Kids That Everyone Will Love

updated May 25, 2023
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If you haven’t felt like a short-order cook during these past months at home, I want to know your secret. From the time my feet hit the floor I’m dishing out meals, serving snacks, and filling water cups. Now that we’ve all been under the same roof with little relief for months, I truly see how much food my kids can put away. It shouldn’t have come as such a surprise — between their pint-sized bellies and constant expulsion of energy (so much energy!) it’s no wonder the tiny humans in my house ask for snacks as often as they do.

In lieu of blindly handing out prepackaged, store-bought snacks that only keep them satisfied for the short term, I’ve put together a list of healthy snacks for kids that are sure to satisfy every craving a kid may have. All of these recipes have kid-friendly flavors, are made with wholesome ingredients, and are easy to make. Here are 30+ snacks you can feel good about feeding to your kids.

Cool down with smoothies.

Smoothies are the coolest and creamiest way to serve fruit (and vegetables!) any time of day. Taste the smoothie before adding extra sweeteners — especially in the summer when fruits are at their sweetest! — which is one reason now is the best time to blend up a strawberry or blueberry pie smoothie. Nut butters and yogurt give smoothies, like our peanut butter & chocolate green smoothie and mango yogurt smoothie, staying power fueled by protein and healthy fats, while add-ins like greens, chia seeds, and flax are a nutritional bonus.

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Blueberry Pie Smoothie

With the combination of creamy coconut milk, oats, pecans, and spices, this smoothie tastes like blueberry pie but is full of good-for-you ingredients.

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Strawberry Smoothie
An easy recipe for a classic strawberry smoothie made with fresh strawberries, banana, and Greek yogurt.
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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Green Smoothie
This chocolate-banana smoothie gets a handful of greens mixed in to start the morning off with a serving of vegetables.
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Mango Yogurt Smoothie

This super-quick, super-easy smoothie is icy cold, and not too sweet, but very refreshing.

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Banana Bread Smoothie

This smoothie full of bananas, dates, and cashews is a welcome respite from rich holiday fare.

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Green Smoothie with Spinach, Pear, and Ginger

In addition to the spinach, chopped zucchini, ripe avocado, and banana make this breakfast beverage super creamy and filling.

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Stock the pantry with snack mixes.

Kids want variety as much as we do. Snack mixes can be as simple as tossing dried fruit, pretzels, and popcorn together, or go a step beyond and coat the crunchy bites with melted butter and seasonings. If your family loves trail mix, liven things up with tropical trail mix or try our version that mixes in pistachios, popcorn, and a chocolate drizzle. There’s never been a better time to try your hand at making Chex mix at home. It gives you the ability to change flavors and ingredients to make it just the way you like, like mixing in dried fruit or giving it a honey-mustard twist.

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Honey-Mustard Snack Mix

This recipe is a hybrid of traditional Chex mix and those delicious honey-mustard crunchy pretzels.

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Deluxe Tropical Trail Mix

This tropical trail mix is perfectly balanced with a nice ratio of nuts, seeds, soft fruit, slightly sweet coconut and bits of chocolate.

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Chocolate & Pistachio Popcorn Trail Mix

This popcorn has big, crunchy clusters of dark chocolate, dried fruit, and pistachios.

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How to Make the Absolute Best Oven-Baked Chex Mix
A step-by-step recipe for making the best homemade Chex mix.
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Oven-Baked Ranch Chex Mix
Ranch seasoning gives this classic snack mix a twist with it's signature blend of herbs and spices.
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Thanksgiving Chex Mix
Our favorite snack mix dressed up for Thanksgiving.
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Fill your fridge with fruit snacks.

Fill your fridge with fruit snacks — no, not the gummy kind! Easily accessible fruits get eaten more often, so peel, cut, and slice to make them ready to eat. Now that my kids are older (6 and 4 years old), they help peel apples, pluck grapes from stems, pit cherries, and more. Prepping their favorite fruits helps ignite their excitement for fresh and fruity snacks. Apples are a lot more fun when sliced and layered with nut butter and raisins for a “sandwich,” and the same goes for a fruit salad with all the colors of the rainbow.

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Rainbow Fruit Salad

Fruit salad should be something you actually want to eat, rather than something that’s pushed to the side of a brunch spread or looked upon sadly when carried out for dessert. This one, featuring every color of the rainbow, is that and more.

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Apple Sandwiches

Apples and peanut butter are nothing new, but somehow the addition of toasted oats and raisins, and a touch of honey and cinnamon, makes them that much more satisfying.

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Red Fruit Salad with Lemon-Vanilla Bean Syrup
This fruit salad filled with peaches, raspberries, and cherries is drenched in a light lemon-vanilla syrup.
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Instant Pot Applesauce
Instant Pot applesauce isn't just the fastest way to make homemade applesauce — it's also the most delicious. Plus, you only need a few ingredients (and less than an hour).
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Banana Split with Yogurt and Jam
This quick, easy breakfast takes a dessert classic and lightens it up for the morning with yogurt and jam.
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Offer up some sweet treats.

My kids will eat anything that I call a cookie, and I can’t blame them. The best part of this is that not all cookies have to be loaded with refined sugars and flour. Instead, I make sweet treats with wholesome ingredients, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and dairy that will fuel kids for a day of fun. Sometimes this means making zucchini or a mix of banana and coconut the star; other times it’s making a 4-ingredient cookie that in addition to being delicious and wholesome, also happens to be gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and Paleo.

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Trail Mix Cookies
Trailblazing oatmeal cookies chock-full of sweet, savory, crunchy, and chewy ingredients.
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4-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Coconut Cookies
These banana-coconut cookies are the easiest snack option for those 3 p.m. munchies. Hold on to those brown bananas — they're just what this recipe needs.
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The World's Easiest Cookies
You just need four ingredients and a little elbow grease to make macaron-flavored cookies that are crisp on the edges and chewy in the center.
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How To Make Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Banana Bites

These frozen bites require no blending or puréeing (just chop up a banana, dip, and freeze), and yet they’re as creamy and sweet on the inside a spoonful of ice cream — only better.

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Zucchini Chocolate Breakfast Cookies
A recipe for wholesome chocolate breakfast cookies filled with grated zucchini and oats and made with Greek yogurt.
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Banana Muffins
These one-bowl banana muffins are made entirely with pantry staples, and will be ready to devour in just 30 minutes.
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How To Make Homemade Copycat KIND Bars
You're only a few ingredients away from the ultimate homemade snack bar. Gather your ingredients because it's time to make copycat KIND bars from scratch!
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Yogurt Pretzel Bark
Take everything you love about yogurt-covered pretzels and turn them into this strawberry-filled yogurt bark. It's the perfect after-school snack.
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Make no-bake snacks that take no time at all.

Need a fast-and-filling snack to pack in the pool bag or as an afternoon pick-me-up during long summer days? These protein balls and granola bars are packed with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit that kids (and adults!) will love. When you make these bars and protein balls at home, you control the ingredients, which is more than what you can say about the bulk box of snack bars.

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Easy No-Bake Protein Balls
Simple energy balls made with peanut butter, oats, and chocolate chips.
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Easy No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
The easiest no-bake granola bars, perfect for eating for breakfast or packing as a snack.
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How To Make 3-Ingredient Energy Bars at Home
Homemade energy bars. Three ingredients. No cooking. No tricks. No kidding.
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Coconut Snowballs
No-bake, gluten-free, vegan coconut snowball cookies that are quick to assemble.
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No-Bake Tahini-Date Energy Balls
These tahini energy balls have a flavor that's nutty and just sweet enough without crossing the line into dessert territory.
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No-Bake Sunflower-Oat Bars

Vegan and gluten- and nut-free, these tasty no-bake bars are the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack.

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Serve up some savory snacks.

Not all snacks need to be sweet. Bite-sized savories hold off the afternoon hunger, and are perfectly suited on a snack platter spread for the main event. If you’ve got pizza-lovers in your house, be sure to try the muffin tin pizza bombs, veggie-packed pizza rolls, or pepperoni chips. Ham and cheese muffins are a fun option to keep stashed in the freezer, while quick and easy turkey wraps come together in a flash.

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Muffin Tin Pizza Bombs
Be a meal plan hero with this fun take on pizza Friday.
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Ham and Cheddar Lunch Box Muffins
These hearty muffins are mixed with cornmeal for extra heft and texture, and loaded with thick-cut chunks of ham, sharp cheddar, and a pinch of chives.
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Turkey Wraps with Honey Mustard Dip

These wraps do double duty beyond lunch. You can also make a bunch to feed a crowd of kids on a busy day.

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Air Fryer Mini Calzones
These mini calzones use prepared pizza dough to make delicious pockets filled with cheese and pepperoni that are perfect for parties or after school snacks
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Zucchini Pesto Pizza Rolls
A veggie-packed dinner idea for parents with picky kids and not a whole lot of time on their hands.
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How To Make Veggie Cream Cheese
Make your morning tastier with this easy, homemade vegetable-packed cream cheese.
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How To Make Crispy Roasted Chickpeas in the Oven
If you haven't yet been introduced to this snack, please allow me to do the honors. Here is our step-by-step recipe for roasting chickpeas in the oven.
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Pepperoni Chips
An easy recipe for crispy, gluten-free pepperoni chips.
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Cheesy Vegan Kale Chips

Making kale chips does take a couple hours, but the process is really easy. This is an ideal recipe for when you find yourself home for the afternoon or when you’re spending the evening in.

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What are your kids’ favorite snacks? Tell us in the comments.