18 Snack Ideas for Back-to-School Afternoon Munchies


Back-to-school time means kids come home ravenous! We want to have snacks for them ready to go so they can refuel and tackle their homework for the evening.

These snack recipes will range from the sweet to the fruity, the crunchy to the healthy. All are snacks you will want to try in your home so you can feed those busy kids and keep them from the afternoon blood-sugar crash that turns good kids into grumpy bears.

Delicious Jello Fruit Snacks at Untrained Housewife

Fruit Snacks

I love fruit as snacks for kids. Full of fiber and nutrients, fruit is a must-have for a healthy diet, and they are sweet so kids enjoy eating them! It's a complete win/win. This fruit snack recipe at Untrained Housewife creates delicious gelatin fruit snacks that are simple to make.

Mix them up ahead of time, pop them into the fridge, and pull them out when you're rushing home in the afternoon!

Other fruit snack options:

  • Fruit and Cheese Kabobs: Kids love food on a stick, and this fruit-and-cheese snack is something both of you will enjoy them eating. Check it out at The Nourishing Home.
  • Homemade Fruit LeathersRejuvenating Recipes has a great recipe for homemade fruit leathers that are flavored with a lot of fabulous spices and seasonings so you don't need sugar added into the mix. Perfect.

Peach Cobbler Frozen Yogurt

Yogurt Yummies

This frozen yogurt recipe from Caroline at Chocolate and Carrots is a great after-school snack for still-warm afternoons. While this one calls for peaches, you could substitute other fruit or berries you froze earlier in the season for delicious, healthy frozen treats.

Other yogurt treats to try:


  • Coconut Milk Yogurt: This is a dairy-free version of yogurt you can use as a base for any yogurt snack with your kids. No yogurt maker machine needed! See the recipe at Delicious Obsessions.
  • Fruit Yogurt Parfaits: Who needs drive thru when you can make your own fruit and yogurt parfaits so simply for a healthy but delicious treat kids will love? See the recipe at The Nourishing Home.

Yogurt Popsicle Treats

Cool Treats

These fruit and yogurt popsicles are perfect. You can make these ahead of time and have them in the freezer waiting and ready to go as soon as you get home in the afternoon. See how to make them at My Cultured Palate.

Other cool treats to try:

  • Healthy Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie: Frozen bananas make this smoothie a cool treat, while chocolate and peanut butter add delicious flavors your kids will love. Check out the superfoods we sneak into this recipe to make it healthy, too! See the recipe at Untrained Housewife.
  • Fruit and Cream: Delicious fruit and lightly sweetened cream make this a quick-and-simple snack for kids. See the details at Pantry Paratus.


Popcorn Snacks

Popcorn is a great snack and tends to be pretty healthy — if you don't drench it in butter and salt. Here are some great popcorn recipes for crunchy and munchy after-school snacks. This Dorito-like seasoning gives your popcorn some great flavor without overdoing the grease or sodium. Check out how Whole New Mom dressed up her popcorn snacks for her kids who face food sensitivities.

(CAUTION! Popcorn is considered a choking hazard, so be careful not to give popcorn snacks to your little ones. Ages 3 and up, please!)

Other popcorn snack variations:


  • Popcorn Trail Mix: Love this mix by Heather at Home Ec 101, but I think I would substitute the mini Oreos for some carob chocolate pieces to keep it a little healthier.
  • Homemade Caramel Popcorn: This recipe from The Purposeful Mom is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. If you love kettle corn at the fair, you might like this homemade version instead!

Vacation Snack Trail Mix

Trail Mix and Granola

I love this portable snack mix from Robins Key. After-school time spells nothing but stress, and we typically go for the less healthy stuff for the sake of saving time. Have some of this trail mix on hand so you've got nothing to reach for but healthiness.

Granola variations to try:

  • Peanut Butter Granola Mix: A great recipe from Real Food, Real Deals, this mix can be eaten as a snack, cereal, or topping over yogurt.
  • Homemade Granola Bars: Another great recipe to replace a prepackaged commercial snack option, this granola bar recipe from Little Homesteaders is a delicious make-it-ahead-of-time treat for the whole family.


Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Protein-Packed Snacks

Sometimes a light snack just isn't enough. Sometimes you need something packed with protein and lots of dense nutrients to get them through the afternoon slump. I love this homemade chicken nugget recipe, which only takes 20 minutes to make, and you actually know what's in the nugget!

Protein snack options:

  • DIY Mini Corn Dog Muffins: Love these hot-dog and cornbread bites from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, which include everything a kid loves in a hand-held snack. Yummy.
  • Homemade Protein Bars: These homemade protein bars from Whole New Mom include nuts and seeds, coconut oil, flax meal, and carob chocolate pieces. Delicious and healthy!

The witching hour between school and dinner doesn't have to be stressful if you keep people fed with some yummy, healthy, and easy-to-make snacks!

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18 Snack Ideas for Back-to-School Afternoon Munchies

Angela England is a renaissance woman who doesn't let five children stop her from many pursuits, interests and tasks. Angela is a freelance writer, professional blogger, speaker, labor doula, massage therapist and can usually be found with a coffee nearby. Angela recently published her first book, Backyard Farming on an Acre (more or less) and has since published her first Untrained Housewife Guide - Getting Prepared. ... More

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  1. DH says:

    They all look so tasty!


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