After School Snacks (2 Easy Recipes)

after school snacks pin 2after school snacks for kids make aheadEasy After School Snacks (2 Fun Recipes)

With back to school season in full swing, I am always thinking up fun after school snacks and lunch ideas! I love for my kiddos to have something yummy waiting for them when they get home after a long day of learning.

These fun toast ideas would be perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack. They are super cute, but also filling and have protein and fruit for good measure!

after school snacks for teensAnimal Character Toasts

To make your own you’ll need

Bread (toasted)
Peanut butter or hazelnut butter
Cream cheese
Sliced bananas
Sliced strawberries
Pretzel sticks (broken in half)

How fun would these be on matching animal plates like these set of fall animal trays!


Spread peanut butter and cream cheese on toast (peanut butter for the cat and bear, cream cheese for the owl)
Assemble the faces using fruit and pretzels. So cute and easy! Your little ones will love this first day of school after-school treat whether for after school snacks for teenagers or after school snacks for kids easy!

Add to a super cute dinosaur plate / tray or to a rainbow plate / tray!

You can load these up with different fruits to make after school snacks for kids healthy! We checked YouTube for after school snacks videos to get inspiration for some favorites to make this year!

I also love fun festive treats that are good for snacking or also a sweet treat after they finish their snack, the perfect after school snacks aesthetic. These are so perfect for fall and for spooky season you could easily make these into pumpkins instead of apples, and would also look adorable on a snack tray! I love these for after school snacks easy and after school snacks for teens quick!

after school snacksCandy Apple Pretzels

To make your own you’ll need

Red candy melts
Mini twist pretzels
Pretzel sticks
M&M candies (pick out the green, brown, & red)
Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
These would be adorable on a forest path plate!


In a bowl, microwave half a bag of candy melts according to the instructions. (Tip: make sure you have everything set up prior to microwaving candy melts! The candy melt gets thicker the longer it sets, so it’s best to start dipping the pretzels as soon as the candy melt comes out of the microwave!) Dip pretzels in candy melt then lay on parchment paper. Don’t worry, they will look messy at first!

For the first “apple” start adding red M&Ms all over the pretzel. Break a small part of a pretzel stick for the stem. Add a green M&M for the leaf.
For the next “apple”, simply break a small part of a pretzel stick and stick to the apple to make the stem. Then add a green M&M next to it to make a leaf.

For the last “apple”, add a leftover candy melt to the middle of the pretzel. Repeat steps for the stem and leaf.

If you want to mix it up or you don’t have pretzel sticks, simply use a brown M&M for the stem! These work great as after school snacks for kids make ahead and after school snacks for kids on the go.

I’m all about serving these up on fun plates like these  set of white plates with dinosaurs or this bunny wood plate.

Place on a cute plate or tray for a fun after school treat!🍎

Wishing you all a great back to school season! I hope that this year is wonderful for your kiddos!


Casey Wiegand

after school snacks for kids


August 26, 2022


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