By now, your kids have headed back to school. This busy season for parents often leaves us with no time to plan meals and snacks, so we stick with the basics. But not all yummy snacks take hours to prepare. Keep reading for four back-to-school snacks your kids will love. You can treat your kids with these snacks before school, in their lunches, and when they get home.
Granola and Parfait
Help start the day off on the right foot for you and your kids with granola parfait for breakfast. Parfait sounds fancy, but it’s one of the easiest to prepare for those busy weekday mornings. Plus, it combines several nutritious ingredients while it’s still tasty for the picky eaters. All you’ll need is your kids’ favorite yogurt, granola crumbles, and their favorite fruits. Layer these ingredients in a cup or bowl, and it’s ready to serve.
“Puppy chow” makes a great lunch addition for dessert or an after-school snack. Puppy chow goes by many regional names, including “monkey munch” or “muddy buddies,” but it generally shares the same recipe everywhere. This snack is so easy to make—all it involves is combining a few different ingredients. You’ll need Chex cereal, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and powdered sugar—what combination is better than that?
This one is for the meat lovers of the family. Candied bacon is a sweet and savory snack to treat your kids after a hard day of school. You don’t have to go to the store to buy it, either—you can easily make candied bacon at home. All you need is bacon, brown sugar, and cinnamon, and you can cook it right in the oven to avoid any greasy stovetop messes that usually come with cooking bacon.
Protein Energy Bites
These no-bake snacks are a great go-to for kids and families constantly on the run from school to home to sports and back. You want your kids to have the energy they need for all their activities, whether at school or after school. Protein energy bites are super easy to make—all you need is peanut butter (or a peanut-free alternative), some oats, chia seeds, raisins, chocolate chips, or any other add-ins. You could even add a scoop of protein powder for extra nutrients. Then, combine all ingredients, form into balls, and refrigerate.
The best thing about these treats is that they are all super simple and easy to make. If you’re looking for new go-to recipes, try out a few of these back-to-school snacks your kids will love. Back-to-school season is a busy and stressful time for parents, but you can take the stress out of snack time with these recipes.