Healthy Kid-Friendly Sweet Snacks

Whether packed in a lunchbox or enjoyed as an anytime treat, these kid-approved recipes are both nutritious and delicious.

  • Healthy Treats
    Beau Gustafson

    Healthy Treats

    Let's face it, kids love sweets. So instead of surrendering to pre-packaged goodies, give them a homemade recipe that can serve as a sweet snack or even dessert. We brought a panel of kid judges into the MyRecipes kitchen to taste these recipes (all received rave reviews). Little did the kiddies know that these treats are packed with whole grains, fruit, and other nutritious ingredients.

  • Peanut Butter Oat Bites

    Peanut Butter Oat Bites

    Hiding behind this recipe's guise of peanut butter and chocolate chips are raisins, honey, and oats. At just 20 cents per serving, the bites make excellent healthy snacks for a birthday celebration or neighborhood block party.

    Recipe: Peanut Butter Oat Bites

     

     

  • Hello Dolly Bars
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Hello Dolly Bars

    These lightened bar cookies are all about the numbers! 24: Servings this recipe yields—perfect for bake sales or class parties. 45: Minutes it takes (maybe less!) to make. 123: Calories per serving—surprisingly low for a sweet sensation that scored the highest rating with our kid judges.

    Recipe: Hello Dolly Bars

  • Monkey Bars
    Beau Gustafson

    Monkey Bars

    If Woody's reaction to these treats is any indication of how yummy they are, you should bake a batch before the kids get home! Kid judge Darby added, "This tastes like banana-nut bread."

    Recipe: Monkey Bars

  • Oatmeal-Pecan Snack Cookies
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Oatmeal-Pecan Snack Cookies

    Surprise your kids by giving them cookies for breakfast! You'll get the award for Coolest Mom, and they'll get nuts, oats, and fruit in these less-than-100-calorie cookies. For a flavor twist, try adding an assortment of dried fruits or chocolate morsels for even sweeter snacks.

    Recipe: Oatmeal-Pecan Snack Cookies

  • Peanut Butter Cranberry Go-Bars
    Beau Gustafson

    Peanut Butter Cranberry Go-Bars

    Instead of hitting the drive thru during endless carpooling, carry these homemade energy bars on the road. While you're in baking mode, why not make multiple batches? This recipe freezes well and is a great go-to snack.

    Recipe: Peanut Butter Cranberry Go-Bars

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