Healthy snacks play a key role in keeping children nourished, satiated, energized, and focused during long school days.
With the kids heading back to school, you want to find healthy snacks that they will actually want to eat!
To help, we’ve put together this recipe list of easy school snacks that will thrill the taste buds and never get boring!
6 Easy Healthy Snacks for Back to School
Every one of these 6 healthy snacks can be prepared in advance and stored for use throughout the school week. And because they are simple recipes, you can get your kids involved in the process, helping them to learn and get excited about healthier eating habits along the way!
1) Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups
Three ingredients are all you need to make this classic school snack! Fruit, lemon juice, and something to sweeten the mix, and you’re all set.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with fruit combinations to find what your kids love best!
- 2-3 cups of fruit (a strawberry/raspberry combination is a great place to start!)
- 2-3 tbsp honey, Stevia, or sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Blend fruit in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add sweetener and lemon juice and mix.
- Pour fruit mixture on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Spread evenly between ⅛ and ¼ inch thick.
- Place the baking sheet in an oven set between 140 to 170 degrees F (or as low as the oven will go) for 4-6 hours, or until the center is no longer tacky.
- Allow to cool. Remove the fruit mixture from the sheet and, with clean scissors, trim the edges and then cut into 1-inch strips. It should be the texture of leather and roll right off the baking sheet.
- Roll and wrap the fruit roll-ups with parchment paper and hold the roll closed with string or a piece of tape.
These healthy snack rolls can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
2) Banana Oat Cookies
If you are looking for an easy healthy snack that tastes just like a scrumptious treat, look no further!
Bananas are a mood-boosting food that can stabilize blood sugar and minimize crankiness or moody disruptions.
These healthy snack cookies get their sweetness from bananas instead of processed sugars, so you can send the kids out the door with a snack you can feel good about.
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl
- Spoon mixture onto greased cookie sheet, leaving space in between
- Bake for 15-20 minutes
3) Energy Balls
School days can be draining. The right healthy snack can help kids avoid an afternoon energy drop and stay focused on learning!
This school snack packs protein and healthy fats to provide an extra energy boost without added processed sugars.
- 1 cup oats
- ⅓ cup unfiltered honey
- ½ cup almond butter (sunflower butter or WOWBUTTER for a nut-free option)
- ½ cup of ground flaxseed or whole chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ of dried fruit or chopped dark chocolate
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl
- Roll mixture into balls and place in a flat container or baking sheet, and refrigerate.
4) Hummus and Veggies
Hummus is the perfect healthy snack spread! Creamy, delicious, and full of fiber, iron, and protein! Hummus is easy to make and is a school snack that encourages kids to actually eat their vegetables!
- 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas or 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup tahini (optional)
- 1 small clove garlic
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- 2-3 tbsp of water
- Salt, to taste
- Dash of paprika for serving (optional)
- In a food processor, combine the tahini and lemon juice—process for 1 minute. Scrape the sides of the bowl and process for 30 seconds more. (If making without tahini, add lemon juice to step 2 and start there).
- Add the olive oil, minced garlic, cumin, and salt to the tahini and lemon juice. Process for 30 seconds, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, then process another 30 seconds or until well blended. Drain, and rinse the chickpeas. Add half of the chickpeas to the food processor and process for 1 minute. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl, then add remaining chickpeas and process until thick and quite smooth; 1 to 2 minutes more.
- To reduce the thickness, turn on the processor and slowly add water until the desired consistency is reached
- Scoop mixture into airtight container and store in the fridge for up to a week
Send kids back to school with a small serving of hummus with carrot and celery sticks. It’s that easy!
If your kids are not interested in eating their veggies, switch up the veggie sticks for Harvest Snaps Snack Crips! The 1 oz bags of Snack Crisps Lightly Salted are not only ideal for school snacks but they are made with green peas. The delightful crunch means your kids will be eating a healthy snack (and vegetables!) without even knowing it!
5) Nut-Free Trail Mix
Sweet or savory, kids will love this healthy snack! This recipe gives you plenty of room to be creative and create flavor combinations that your kids will enjoy.
Including seeds in the mixture instead of nuts, makes this trail mix a school snack that follows nut-free guidelines while still providing some nutritional value.
Ingredients for Sweet Option:
- 2 cups Rice Chex
- 2 cups Cheerios
- 3/4 cup pepitas
- ½ dried blueberries
- ½ cup of chocolate-covered sunflower seeds or chocolate-covered raisins.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and enjoy!
Ingredients for Savory Option:
- 4 cups miniature pretzels
- 2 cups of Cheerios
- ¾ cups pepitas
- 2 ½ cups of Crunchions Kick’n BBQ
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and enjoy!
Again, this is a healthy snack option that allows you to get creative with your ingredients. Perhaps you would like a little more of something or a different flavor combination.
These trail mix recipes are simply a place to start! Consider swapping Cheerios for another cereal, adding popcorn, or choose from one of the other scrumptious Harvest Snaps flavors!
6) Granola Bars
A classic school snack, this homemade version is both healthier and more economical than buying the prepackaged variety!
While a little more effort is needed for this one, with dried fruit, seeds, and many flavors, this healthy snack is sure to become a family favorite!
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- 1 cup quinoa flakes (or spelt or barley)
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup virgin coconut oil
- Zest of 1 orange
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup unsalted, roasted pepitas
- ¼ cup unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper, grease an 8-inch square pan, and line it with parchment paper so that it comes up the sides of the pan.
- Spread the oats and quinoa flakes (or other flakes) onto the baking tray and toast for around 12 minutes, stirring once, until lightly browned
- While toasting grains, heat the honey, coconut oil, orange zest, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt until the coconut oil has melted. Place the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and raisins in a large mixing bowl.
- Pour the toasted grains into the bowl with the seeds and fruit. Add the warm honey mixture. Stir this well to coat everything fully. Scrape mixture into the prepared pan. Press VERY firmly into the pan–this ensures the bars will hold together when sliced. Bake the bars for about 15 minutes, until lightly browned at the edges. Cool the granola bars in the pan before slicing.
Easy Healthy Snack Options with Harvest Snaps
We know that time is of the essence, and preparing healthy snacks in advance may not always be possible.
If you cannot commit to food prep, you can still provide healthy school snacks with Harvest Snaps! These baked snacks are not just tasty but are free of artificial flavors and are 100% peanut-free and tree nut-free.
Harvest Snaps has 3 snack varieties:
- Snack Crips: Listing green peas as the first ingredient, these veggie-based snacks provide a satisfying crunch and come in simple, kid-friendly flavors like the Lightly Salted, Tomato Basil (red lentil-based), Caesar, and Parmesan Roasted Garlic. For more adventurous little snackers, try Mango Chile Lime (black bean-based) or Wasabi Ranch.
- Crunchions: Made with red lentils, Crunchions will become your new favorite ring-shaped snack! Crispy, crunchy, and always yummy, these healthier snacks come in bold and exciting flavors, including Kick’n BBQ, Sour Cream & Onion, and Tangy Sweet Chili.
- Popper Duos: Popper Duos are green pea-based snacks that offer two delicious flavors in one bite! Choose from the zesty and creamy BBQ & Ranch, the queso tasting Salsa & Cheddar, or the tried and true Yellow & White Cheddar.
School Snacks Don’t Need to be Complicated
Providing tasty and healthier snacks for back to school is little more than finding wholesome ingredients and flavor combinations that kids will enjoy.
With a combination of Harvest Snaps and the healthy snack ideas listed above, you will have no problems sending the kids out the door with nutritious, delicious, and satisfying school snacks every day of the week!