The after school hour is typically one filled with hungry, tired kids in need of some immediate snacks to fill their growling stomachs upon walking into the house.
I've got you covered with a variety of quick and easy snack ideas for after school that kids love to keep them satisfied and happy. And to keep you sane!
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With a layer of salty pretzel crust, topped with sweetened condensed milk, crisped rice cereal, melty chocolate and finished off with some more salty pretzels, these Sweet and Salty Cereal Snack Bars are sure to become a staple in your house.
The layers all complement each other so well for the perfect, easy sweet and salty snack.
Granola is a breakfast and snacking staple around my house. And this version is ideal for folks who are looking for a delicious and easy gluten-free, easily customizable alternative to the pre-packaged brands. Kids will actually eat this one, too!
This is way healthier than your average store-bought granola or trail mix. Bonus: It's nut-free, too, so it can be packed in your kids' lunch box without any worries.
Throw in whatever dried fruit you have! This is a great one to prep while you're making out your meal plan for the week.
3. Banana Bread
Bananas are destined, in my honest opinion, to become nothing other than the best version of bread there is - Banana Bread!
This is the ideal afternoon snack for your kiddos. It comes together super easily, your house will smell amazing, and it's simply delicious.
Bonus: it uses up overripe fruit you'd likely otherwise toss in the garbage!
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Homemade applesauce is one of those true treats that seems like it would be difficult and time-consuming to make. But, in reality, it's super simple and the perfect nourishing treat to serve your family.
It's also good in so many ways:
- naked, plain, outta the jar, with a spoon
- warmed up and drizzled over creamy vanilla ice cream
- stirred into plain greek yogurt with a sprinkling of granola
- baked into my Applesauce Cake!
Homemade applesauce also keeps really well in the fridge for awhile. And, you can store them in these convenient, single-serving jars.
The perfect sugar cookie recipe is hard to come by. Some come out too dry, some too crumbly.
Some require way too much prep time, i.e. chilling for hours, and some lack flavor and texture. Not these Sugar Cookies! They are soft and chewy and full of flavor.
And, the best part? No chilling of the dough required! Start to finish, these cookies are done in less than 30 minutes.
It doesn't get any better than that, now does it?!
There's nothing quite like a freshly baked bakery-style chocolate chip muffins served warm with a steaming mug of hot cocoa (or juice box) after a full day of school.
So comforting and filling and just plain delicious! Now you can bake up some Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Muffins at home with this easy, no-fuss recipe. Indulge your family at home any day of the week with this recipe!
Corn muffins with a touch of honey. Doesn't that just sound like pure heaven after a day of learning?
These muffins are filled with so much comforting flavor for your little ones. Serve warm with a generous drizzle of honey or smattering of jam for extra mommy or daddy points!
Try switching up your typical banana bread to bake a Banana Snack Cake instead. Topping it with a layer of Salted Caramel Frosting is totally optional, but you won't be sorry one bit if you do decide to slather that on top!
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As home bakers, we all need an easy, reliable and extremely delicious vanilla cake recipe in our repertoires for any occasion. After school is such an occasion!
Did I mention the best part - this cake is made using only one bowl. And no mixer required.
So, very few dishes to wash afterwards, which means more time for digging in and enjoying this delicious One Bowl Vanilla Cake!
If you're kids are bigger chocolate fans than they are vanilla, give this quick and easy one bowl chocolate cake a try for an after school snack Skip the frosting if you want - this cake is super moist and delicious on its own.
Thick and chewy and packed with chocolate flavor, this easy Chewy Chocolate Brownie recipe will become your new go-to for after school or whenever you're craving the ultimate chewy chocolatey brownie.
Lemon and blueberry is such a great flavor combo. The brightness of the lemon, the burst of fruitiness from the blueberries, and the slight tang of the Greek yogurt make this lemon blueberry yogurt loaf perfectly balanced.
Pour on a thick layer of that lemon glaze and your family will be singing this cake's praises!
What kid doesn't love sprinkles, especially when they're inside of a deliciously chewy, fluffy, vanilla-y cookie? These Fluffy Sprinkle Cookies are your kid's next favorite after school snack recipe.
Ah the classic chocolate chip cookie. A must-have for the after school snack crowd.
This is my best chocolate chip cooke recipe and, turns out, a fave of many family and friends, so I wanted to share it. These cookies are requested over and over again. And now they will be in your household as well!
15. Oatmeal Cookies
These aren't your typical oatmeal cookies. To start, there are no raisins. That will surely be music to the ears of your children!
Even better, these oatmeal cookies are delicious-forward rather than oat-forward, if you catch my drift.
Just the right level of sweetness, crackly on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside, there will be not a single leftover (except for your full bag of raisins) after baking up a batch.
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