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Looking for healthy after school snacks that your kids will love? Choose from 40 options – something for everyone! Lots of fun healthy snack ideas for kids including both sweet and savory options.

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Are your kids hungry when they get home from school? I bet most of you are enthusiastically nodding your head “yes”. That was a silly question!

Healthy basics like cut up fruit or veggies and dip make excellent after school snacks. But sometimes it’s nice to add a few fun snacks into the mix (that also just happen to be healthy – don’t tell the kids!).

Need some ideas? Here are 40 fun and healthy snack ideas that your kids will love. Also perfect for adults so it’s a win-win!

These after school snack ideas are made from real food ingredients and most can be prepped ahead of time which makes them easy for kids to grab. Some of the nut-free options could also serve double duty and be packed into a school lunch. Speaking of packing lunch boxes, check out these easy lunch box ideas if this is something you struggle with.

Plan ahead

Plan out some snacks for the week so that you can add the ingredients to your grocery list.

The ideas below include both quick and easy recipes as well as make ahead options that are ready for kids to grab throughout the week. You could meal prep a snack or two ahead of time or turn it into a fun cooking activity with your child!

40 Healthy After School Snacks That Kids Will Love

These kid friendly snacks are all made from real food ingredients. Let’s get started with a wide range of incredible sweet snacks and then move on to some delicious savory options.

Fun Fruit Snacks

These recipes will transform standard fruit into fun and delicious snacks that your kids (and you too!) won’t be able to get enough of.

Collage of fun fruit based snacks for kids.
Collage of fruit based snacks for kids.
A spoonful of mango jelly set across the top of a jar of mango jelly next to some fresh cut mango.

Homemade Popsicles

What kid doesn’t love popsicles? The best part of making homemade popsicles is that you can incorporate a variety of fresh and healthy ingredients. They are also super easy to make! You can simply freeze your favorite smoothie mixture, yogurt or pureed fruit. Or have fun and get creative! Check out my favorite popsicle molds and these yummy popsicle recipes featuring fresh fruit!

Mango popsicles and fresh mango halves on a white background.
Collage of homemade fruit popsicles.

Cookies + Muffins + Bars

Kids love baked goods! These cookies, muffins and bars are all made from real food ingredients, making them a healthy snack option.

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Collage of healthy cookies, bars and muffins.

No Bake Bars + Balls

These delicious bars and balls are quick and easy to make – no baking required!

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Collage of healthy no bake bars, balls and bites.

Overnight Oats + Rice Pudding

Overnight Oats are prepped ahead of time, making them a great “grab and go” after school snack. Or for something truly comforting, try the German Milk Rice Pudding!

Photo collage featuring pictures of overnight oats and rice pudding.

Smoothies + Slushies

Blending up a smoothie or slushie is a quick snack option that you can pack lots of healthy ingredients into. There are tons of combinations that you can blend up. To get you started, here is a healthy slushie recipe and easy smoothie that kids will love!

Collage of healthy smoothies for kids.

Healthy Savory Snacks For Kids

Let’s move on to some savory after school snacks now. First up, we have two classics. The first is “ants on a log” with a variety of topping options to choose from. The second is some good old hard boiled eggs which can be kept in the fridge for a quick, high protein snack. Make them fun for kids by drawing some silly faces on them or get your kids to do it (snack and art activity rolled into one!).

Collage of classic savoury snacks for kids.
Closeup of a chicken veggie sausage roll.
Variety of puff pastry pizza with different toppings on a wood board.

These snacks are all delicious options for kids who love savory snacks!

Collage of fun healthy savoury snacks for kids.

Healthy Packaged Snacks

Homemade snacks made from healthy ingredients are always a great choice but sometimes our busy lives and hectic schedules require some easy grab and go options. Packaged snacks can still be a healthy option for kids since there are lots of products available made from real food ingredients. Here are some of my favorite healthy packaged snacks for kids (great for adults too!).

What are your favorite healthy after school snacks for kids? Let me know in the comments!

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13 Comments

  1. Jackie says:

    These are such good ideas! I have been looking for some healthy snack ideas for my kids after school.

  2. Kristen says:

    Iā€™m loving all these recipes and I need more ideas because my 21/2 year old asks for a snack about every 20 minutes šŸ˜¬. Thank you for all these wonderful ideas.

  3. Wanda says:

    We are always making fun snacks for the kids, and their friends. This is a great round up with some great ideas!

  4. NANCY says:

    great round up for the kiddos so they won’t have a meltdown and I won’t have to scream hahaa

    1. Vanessa | Maple + Mango says:

      lol – we don’t want that to happen!

  5. dishnthekitchen says:

    Ah, I remember those days well. The kids would come home absolutely starving! The peanut butter banana was a favourite but we sure could have used all the other ideas.

    1. Vanessa | Maple + Mango says:

      All that learning seems to really build up an appetite;) The peanut butter banana is a classic – love that combo!

  6. Hope Pearce says:

    So many delicious snacks to choose from! Thanks for including my peanut butter honey oat squares!

  7. Shailaja DESAI says:

    Wonderful round up of treats for kids!!

  8. Sara says:

    Such a great compilation of healthy snacks! Thanks for putting this together!

    -Sara | CleanPlateMama.com

    1. Vanessa | Maple + Mango says:

      You’re welcome!

  9. Lilian says:

    So many great recipes!! I’ve got a few I want to try. Thanks for this compilation!ā¤ļø

    1. Vanessa | Maple + Mango says:

      You’re welcome! Enjoy!