19 Healthy Snacks My Kids Will Actually Eat 

Surely my kids aren’t the only ones that are ALWAYS hungry?

Sometimes I think that when I’m at home I just feed them, clean up after feeding them and repeat all day til bedtime.

When I was off work on maternity leave we’d have lots of visitors so they’d enjoy biscuits from the tea tray or cake that the visitors brought, but I’ve really tried to cut out the empty sugar-filled food except as proper treats.

We’re trying to change our snacking, with food that’s still appealing to them but that doesn’t use up their treat ration.

Here’s what they love to snack on (if no biscuits or junk are on offer, obviously).

1. Apple slices and peanut butter

Apples taste nicer sliced, fact. One child will dip it in the peanut butter the others will just take the slices from the chopping board as quickly as I can slice them. I prefer almond butter myself.
 

  
2. Carrot & Courgette muffins 

This is a low sugar recipe, and hasn’t been made nearly enough recently.

  
3. Sweetcorn pancakes

Again, once made very often for lunch in this house, these need to get made more often.

 

Patiently waiting for the photo to be taken
Patiently waiting for the photo to be taken
4. Banana mushies

Yes, it’s just mashed bananas and nuts and stuff but they like it.
 

4. Banana pancakes

Just three ingredients and enjoyed by all – recipe HERE

 

5. A cup of dry cereal

I find that Shreddies or Cheerios work well, cornflakes and Rice Krispies are just too tiny for them to hold. Coco Pops are not healthy, ever. Sorry kids.

6. Tortilla pizzas

For very hungry days – take one tortilla wrap, spread with red pesto and add whatever pizza toppings you like (usually cheese and ham here), toast under hot grill and slice like pizza. Tadaah, pizza !

  
7. Breadsticks and pesto

My small girl will dip til the cows come home and if I’m late getting dinner ready I’ll often give them breadsticks and pesto to keep them going.

8. Cream cheese and breadstick dippers

Vary it by stirring red or green pesto into the cream cheese, very popular here.
 

9. Overnight oats

This tastes like dessert but is so healthy, the kids consider it a treat which is fanstastic. To make it add equal quantities of porridge, plain yogurt and  milk (almond milk is gorgeous in it), leave it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight, add berries and then gobble it.
 

10. Banana Oat Cookies (Chocolate Chip)

We make these most weeks using Derval O’Rourke’s recipe, they are hugely popular and have no nasties in them at all. Recipe HERE.

 
11. Cheese and crackers

Old school but tasty.

12. Carrot sticks and hummus

Or breadsticks or pretzel sticks or with no hummus. One child loves this, another licks the hummus off the carrots, the third will not indulge.

 

13. Jam rollies

Don’t tut at the jam we use the Folláin no added sugar one. Some days we even use white bread, mad yokes. To make them cut the crusts off a slice of bread (they roll better with no crusts), spread jam on it, roll it up. It’ll look like a mini-swiss roll. Repeat til the kids stop asking for more. If you are super organised save the crusts and make breadcrumbs for stuffing, although I tend to just eat them myself.

 

14. Fruit Kebabs

Obviously fruit will feature in this list. I often chop fruit and leave the chopping board on the table with cocktail sticks and they make their own fruit kebabs, which works well with grapes, blueberries and pineapple. This works better in winter when the fruit flies and wasps are less evident.
 

15. Nuts and Dried Fruit

They love trail mix but mixed almonds and raisins also disappear easily, just watch the raisins are they are so high in sugar.

 
16. Popcorn

The smell draws them into the kitchen, just keep an eye on the smallies as it is a choking hazard.
 

17. Fruit and Yogurt Cups

They like fruit, they like yogurt, I let them choose from the chopped fruit platter which fruit they want and add some natural or vanilla yogurt, so much tastier than a teeny fromage frais.

 

18. Pick and Mix Snack Platter

This is a child’s version of tapas, sort of. I leave a chopping board on the table with a variety of things that I know they will eat, crackers, breadsticks, pieces of wraps, strips of ham, cubes of cheese, maybe some chopped cucumber or peppers, a small amount of hummus or pesto and I let them help themselves. They often like to make faces from the snacks they’ve invented.
 

19. Soup in a Mug

I usually make soup on a Sunday night that gets us to about Wednesday when I often end up making more soup. When the kids ask for a snack I give them half a mug of soup and a spoon. Even the broccoli one went down well this week. 
See, 19 snacks that are healthier than chocolate biscuits. So you can have all the chocolate biscuits for yourself. 

Great parenting!
What healthy snacks do your kids enjoy?  

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16 thoughts on “19 Healthy Snacks My Kids Will Actually Eat 

  1. Saw that banana pankcake recipe before and meant to try it. I’ll have to give it a go this week. 6 year old is apparently bored of ALL THE food we supply him! He is constantly “starving” but says no to the lost of 10 or so things I suggest! 🙈

    1. Mine will say no because they think I’ll just say “ok, here’s a box of quality street love”. Jam rollies and peanut butter are rarely denied here, and blueberries are treat fruit.

  2. Wow what a collection. Great ideas but just wait in five years they’ll be telling you that you’re killing them and lashings of butter , fat and sugar is the way to go with more than a pinch of salt. 😄

  3. Thanks for all the ideas, love this post. I was badly in need of inspiration for my fussy eating toddler! Your kids must be great eaters, I’m so jealous!

    1. They don’t all eat all of these things, two won’t touch peanut butter, the other one would eat it from the jar with a spoon! They’re all different, the joy/pain is finding what they will eat today!

  4. Lovely collection, thanks 🙂 🙂

    My two love peanut butter on celery sticks (won’t eat celery any other way). While they’re hungry watching TV before dinner is a great time to sneak in some extra veg like this.

    I make banana pancakes for Sunday breakfast and make extra so they can be used for school snacks./ Just spread Follain jam between two pancakes and cut into quarters to make mini-pancake sandwiches, they love them.
    What about 19 things to put in a lunchbox (including some sandwich filling ideas?)

  5. Love this – some great ideas, thank you! Would add a couple of the favourites that work in our house: rice cakes with sliced banana and/or peanut butter, corn cakes on their own, carrots, yellow/red peppers with hummus, red apple dipped in hummus. Love adding to the list!

    1. Thanks Trish, I’ll have to collate a list with the extras that people are suggesting. Mine don’t like corn cakes 😦 dipping is great for 2 of mine, my small girl loves it but my middle boy just isn’t a dipper

  6. I CAN COOK oooo where you purchase? Better go to bed. This post making me very hungry. Want to try the sweetcorn pancakes. 5yo hit & miss. 18mth will sample

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