Fun And Easy After-School Snack Ideas

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If your kids are anything like ours, they come home from school hungry and ready to snack. As soon as they hop off the bus at 3 PM, they transform into ravenous little monsters! The only thing that can transform them back is a delicious after-school snack. Some nutritious after-school snacks are too labor-intensive to make on busy afternoons. Convenience snacks are obviously much easier, but they are usually loaded with sodium, sugar, and artificial ingredients. We have discovered three fun, no-cook after-school snack ideas that incorporate nutritious produce, are easy to assemble, and are kid-approved.

First, we should mention we are big believers in putting out a “no-ask” produce basket on the table or countertop. The kids can eat anything in the basket without asking permission first. Of course, we stock the basket with nutritious fruits and veggies so we know they’re always getting something good for them. But sometimes they want something more. That’s when we whip up one of these fun and easy after-school snacks…

Banana “Sushi”

Banana "Sushi" - Easy After-School Snack Ideas

What You’ll Need

  • Bananas
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Peanut Butter or Nutella
  • Various Toppings/Fillings (try coconut flakes, pecans, peanuts, sunflower seeds, or raisins)

How To Assemble

  • Start by spreading peanut butter or Nutella onto the flour tortilla, going almost to the very outside edge.
  • Sprinkle coconut flakes, crushed nuts, or filling of your choice onto the peanut butter or Nutella spread. Place an entire, peeled banana in the middle of the tortilla and roll up tightly.
  • Using a knife, cut into 1/2″ “sushi” bites. Sprinkle with more toppings if desired. Enjoy!

Apple Ring “Cookies”

Apple Ring "Cookies" - Easy After-School Snack Ideas

What You’ll Need

  • Apples
  • Peanut Butter and/or Nutella
  • Toppings of your Choice (try dark chocolate chips, coconut flakes, crushed nuts, sunflower seeds, or raisins)

How To Assemble

  • Cut the apple into 1/4″ rounds, cutting through the core.
  • Remove the apple core. (You don’t need a special tool for this. We used the metal lid off an olive oil jar. Simply place the lid over top the core and press firmly to remove.)
  • Spread peanut butter or Nutella onto the apple rings. If the spread does not want to stick, use a paper towel to pat the apple rings dry first.
  • Sprinkle with the toppings of your choice and serve.

You can skip the first two steps by using one of our favorite products, Apple Rings from Crunch Pak®. They are pre-cut, cored, and ready to decorate!

Pear “Nachos”

Pear "Nachos" - Easy After-School Snack Ideas

What You’ll Need

  • Pears
  • Toppings of your Choice (try peanut butter, coconut flakes, dark chocolate chips, raisins, sunflower seeds, and chopped nuts)

How To Assemble

  • Core pear and cut into wedges.
  • Add toppings and enjoy!

These fun after-school snack ideas are impressive looking but don’t be fooled. They are truly easy to assemble! And because they don’t require any cooking, they are especially fast to whip up. Your kids will love these playful snack ideas and you can feel good about helping them get more produce into their diets. That’s what we call a parenting win!

What are your kids’ favorite after-school snacks? Do you have an after-school snack idea that incorporates produce? Share in the comments below!

Fun and Easy After-School Snack Ideas

About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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