Healthy Snack Ideas For Kids + Energy Bar Recipe

Check out these awesome healthy snack ideas for kids. With school time fast approaching, finding healthy snack ideas is a must. Fill those little bellies with nourishing ingredients with these snack ideas.

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Somehow it is already August, which means back-to-school. How did the summer go by so fast?

It also means new schedules, busy school year, and trying to eat healthy while on the go. We always try to have convenient and healthy snack ready to go to make life easier. Because you know what happens when you have a hangry child or hangry mom? Nothing good.

Trust me, been there done that. 

Prepping ahead has been such a blessing to be able to serve healthy real food snacks and meals to my family.

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Not only can you get great healthy snack options, but they have amazing real food staples and the prices are really good.

So let’s talk healthy snack ideas for kids shall we?

homemade energy bars sliced on parchment paper with ingredients arount it

10 Healthy Snack Ideas For Kids – Planning:

Depending on what the day and schedule look like, I like to come up with a plan to make packing snacks easier. If we are going to be out and won’t be back for dinner until later, like on swim days, I will make sure to pack a heartier snack that will keep their belly’s full and mind focused until dinner time. And we avoid meltdowns.

Usually a fruit or veggie, packed with some protein and fat. This could look like:

  1. Carrots and chips with hummus.
  2. Whole milk yogurt parfait with granola, and frozen berries. 
  3. Double Chocolate Energy Bars (recipe below) and some cucumber slices or a piece of fruit.
  4. Muffin (we love these muffins) with nut butter and watermelon.
  5. Cheese and crackers with pickles.
  6. Olives, crackers, and a fermented veggie (pickles or carrots usually).
  7. Cheese and bean quesadilla with a piece of fruit. Quesadillas can easily be made ahead of time and placed in the fridge or freezer.
  8. Nut or seed butter sandwich with cherry tomatoes.
  9. Trail mix with an apple.
  10. Beef jerky with sugar snap peas and a piece of fruit.

bento box with crackers, olives, and a pickle

Tips for packing snacks for kids:

  • Prep some snack in the beginning of the week or on the weekend. Muffins, breads, or homemade granola bars make great make ahead snacks that pack well
  • Use eco-friendly reuseable containers. We love stainless steel containers for kids.
  • Freeze a water bottle of water (leave extra space at the top for expansion) to keep food cold or use fun ice packs to keep the food cold.
  • Give you kids a choice. Kids love making decisions on their own, so why not let them pick out one or two snacks that go in their lunch box.

bento box with muffin, but butter, and an orange

Healthy Snack Ideas For Kids

Healthy Snack Ideas For Kids

Protein Snacks For Kids

bowl of yogurt with granola and blueberries with package of honey and granola to the sides

Nut butter – I love these nut butter packs. Kids can eat it straight from the pack, add them to yogurt, or spread on crackers. Great non-messy way to add protein.

Greek yogurt  (has more protein than regular yogurt) topped with granola, nuts, or seeds. You could also add a spoonful of nut butter for more protein.

String cheese

Beef sticks

Energy Bars – see below for recipe

Brownie Batter Hummus is a delicious protein packed recipe that is healthy in disguise. 

Hard boiled eggs

Dried chickpeas


Black bean dip with crackers

Cheese and deli meat wraps.

Healthy Crunchy Snacks For Kids

crunchy packaged snack foods - health snack ideas for kids

Who doesn’t love a good crunchy snack? But not all crunchy snacks are created equal. That is why I love iHerb, they offer amazing natural snacks which great ingredients. 

Quinoa puffs


Chips – look for ones fried in olive, coconut, or avocado oil like these.

Crackers – We love the sourdough einkorn crackers and these gluten free crackers option.

Trail mix


Healthy cookies like these cookie crisps – these are really tasty, crunchy, lightly sweetened with dates cookies that would be awesome by themselves or on top say yogurt.



Snack Ideas For Kids – Fruits And Veggies

sliced veggies with dip for a healthy snack ideas for kids

Sliced fruit

Celery with peanut butter or dip

Carrot sticks. sugar snap peas, sliced peppers, or cherry tomatoes with dip.

Veggie loaded smoothies are a favorite in our house. Place these in travel cups with straws. Perfect for handing to kids in the car on the way home from school.

Fermented pickles and carrots. 

Kale chips

Salsa with chips – crunchy and veggie packed.

Fruit and yogurt parfait: we love to make yogurt parfaits with whole milk yogurt sweetened with honey, topped with granola and frozen berries (which helps keep the yogurt colder). Sometimes we will drizzle on some nut butter.

Apple sauce pouches

Dried fruits and veggies

Easy Make Ahead Snacks:

muffins on a baking sheet with one muffin sliced and spread with almond butter

Frozen yogurt – pop a yogurt in the freezer (or place in a seal-able plastic tube) and take it out just a few minutes before serving.


Homemade Granola Bars

Nut butter (or sunflower seed butter) sandwiches

Breakfast cookies

Homemade popcorn

homemade double chocolate energy bars stacked up with more bars and ingredients behind it - healthy snack ideas for kids

Double Chocolate Energy Bar Recipe Card

If you try this recipe and love it, I would love it you could come back and give it 5 stars. Please and thank you.

homemade double chocolate energy bars stacked up with more bars and ingredients behind it

Double Chocolate Energy Bars

Quick and easy energy bars made from decadent and real food ingredients to energize you throughout the day.
5 from 2 votes
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Author: Amy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12


  • 1 cup dates without pits
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2/3 cup almond butter peanut butter or seed butter will work
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup dried figs
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips or bars
  • 3 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs honey or more


  • In a food processor with an S blade, add in oats and process until slightly broken up. You don't want to process to the point of oat flour. Somewhere in between.
  • Add in remaining ingredients and process until combined and starting to form into a ball.
  • In a parchment lined dish, spread out energy bars with hands then press down with a measuring cup to compress it well.
  • Refrigerate for an hour.
  • Slice and enjoy. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: energy bars
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What are your favorite snacks for kids?

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