18 5-Ingredient After-School Snacks
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18 5-Ingredient After-School Snacks

You’ve made the kids breakfast, you’ve packed them lunch and now you have a few hours to recover. But once they get home, those kiddos are going to be asking for an after-school snack before you can even start thinking about what to make for dinner. Whatever you do, don’t give up and toss a bag of sugary snacks or unhealthy chips at your kids! Instead, check out these 18 super quick + easy snacks that only require a few ingredients. From a batch of granola bars that last all week to a delicious, warm Nutella quesadilla or even frozen fruit treats, these five-ingredient snacks will battle after-school hunger pangs so you can get started on dinner.

1. Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Banana Bites: When they’re craving something sweet but you don’t want to give them more popsicles, these frozen bites are the perfect answer. Just chop up a banana into slices, dip ’em in chocolate, coconut and peanut butter and toss in the freezer. (via The Kitchn)

2. Pita Bread Pizza: When the kids are begging for pizza but you want a healthy and fast option, make them these little pita pizzas. They’ll love being able to make them themselves and top with all their favorite fixings. (via Food)

3. Rainbow Fruit Kabobs: Pretty food is so much more fun to eat, don’t you think? Make these with whatever fruit your kids are loving at the moment and add special treats like marshmallows or cheese for extra flavor. (via Center Cut Cook)

4. Protein Bars: Instead of letting the kids fill up on store-bought, sugary granola bars, make these healthy protein bars that will definitely last them until dinner time. (via Chew Out Loud)

5. Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles: Your kids will think they’ve died and gone to heaven when you pull out a plate of these for them to snack on. But it’s okay, because they’re vegan. So that means they’re healthy, right? Right? (via Minimalist Baker)

6. Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix: Combine one packet of dry ranch dip seasoning mix with a bowl of popcorn, pretzels, nuts and anything else the kids are currently snacking on. Beware, this will disappear fast. (via Averie Cooks)

7. Quinoa Granola Bars: Instead of high fructose corn syrup, these granola bars are sweetened with figs which are rich in fiber to keep you and the kids fuller for longer. They are also high in potassium which makes them a great after-workout snack too. (via Simply Quinoa)

8. Peanut Butter Energy Bites: These little snack bites are almost dessert-like and are somewhere between a granola bar and cookie dough. You and the kids can personalize them with dried fruit, coconut or other treats. (via Chef Savvy)

9. Apple Cinnamon Chips: Instead of just cutting up an apple, make a whole batch of these apple chips at the beginning of the week for an easy snack that will last all week long. If they’re feeling super hungry, have your little ones dip the apple chips in yogurt for some extra protein. (via Simply Sisson)

10. Vegan Ice Cream Snickers: Even though summer is almost over, it doesn’t mean the craving for ice cream is gone. Pick up some vegan ice cream to whip up these easy-to-make bars. (via Minimalist Baker)

11. Chocolate Banana Quesadilla: Quesadillas are a classic go-to snack, but if you’re looking to mix things up a bit, you should definitely try this healthy treat. Quick and simple, this recipe is loaded with protein and fiber to fill you up and leave your sweet tooth satisfied. (via The Creative Bite)

12. Zesty Frozen Blueberries: Let the kids help you dip blueberries — or any other favorite fruit — in chocolate or yogurt and stick them in the freezer for week-long snacking. (via Pretty Plain Janes)

13. Almond Joy Snack Mix: An easy snack option that’s ready in just minutes, this trail mix is healthy and is sure to get a thumbs up from the kiddos. With loads of chocolate, almonds and coconut, it’s the ultimate combination of sweet and salty that’ll satisfy any craving. (via The Seasoned Mom)

14. Frozen Banana Granola Pops: Why is food on a stick so much more fun to eat? Adding granola gives these frozen treats a good crunch and extra heartiness. You can always leave the chocolate and sprinkles off if you want to keep these a bit healthier. (via Hello, Wonderful)

15. Peanut Butter Snack Dip: Pass on the cookies and whip up this delicious peanut butter dip to get you and the kids through the afternoon slump. You can dip apple slices, pretzels, graham crackers, a banana, or just spread some on a bagel for a great snack. (via Quirks and Twists)

16. Granola Parfait: Obviously the homemade granola part is optional, but the pretty layers of yogurt, fresh fruit and granola are a terrific snack option that the kids will love to help put together. (via Yummy Healthy Easy)

17. Salted Lime Popcorn: Making your own popcorn on the stove is so much fun and your kids will get a huge kick out of it. Try fun flavors like salt and lime, or let them try adding their own flavor combinations for an afternoon of entertainment. (via My Sequined Life)

18. Personal Guac: You don’t even have to do the dishes with this clever guac hack. The kids will love eating right out of the avocado and you’ll love the zero amount of work this takes. (via Brit + Co)

What is your go-to after-school snack? Share your easiest recipes in the comments below!