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.
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.
Double-Chocolate Cereal Treats
Skip your boring breakfast and opt for these decadent chocolate-on-chocolate cookies that boast full satisfaction and a dose of whole-grain goodness. Rich, decadent, and ultra-crispy, these healthy, bite-size snacks are the perfect start to the day. And they're ready to eat in a fraction of the time needed to prepare typical sweet treats.
Peanut Butter Oat Bites
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
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
Cranberry Oat Bars
Kids will love to snack on these oat bars filled with a sweet cranberry mixture.
Marshmallow Popcorn Treats with Dark Chocolate Drizzle
Reminiscent of classic popcorn balls, these salty-sweet treats make for awesome low-fat, lunch box-friendly snacking. Make a batch with the kids this weekend to enjoy throughout the week.
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
No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
These bars are a perfectly portable snack you can prep on Sunday and enjoy throughout the week. Wrap leftovers tightly in plastic wrap, and store in the fridge. The bars will continue to firm up as they chill.
Chocolate-Hazelnut-Banana Finger Sandwiches
If you're craving chocolate, these gooey delights will do the trick.
Cereal and Milk Bars
These crowd-pleasers deliver flavors that take you straight back to childhood bliss.
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Bars
These homemade bars combine peanut butter and chocolate to make a tasty after-school treat.
Salted Candied Almonds
These salty and sweet almond treats are easy to make ahead.