Check out my list of healthy snacks for kids to give your child easy, nutritious snacks for school this year. PS- They work for adults, too! These easy snacks for kids fuel them for the busy days ahead in school and beyond. Feel free to send these healthy snacks for school to soccer practice, choir rehearsal or after-care. They work all day long.

healthy snacks for school like oatmeal raisin granola bars.

Another school year, another pep talk to myself to give my kids healthy, fun food to eat throughout the day. Cut to a month later when I’m barely getting carrot sticks into containers before tossing them in the lunch box.

Well, no more! I’m bringing you healthy snacks for kids that everyone can enjoy. These easy snacks for kids will make your school days brighter, lighter and more energized. Plus, your little humans perform at their best when they’ve got fuel!

I not only make these healthy snacks for school for my kids, but I also enjoy them! Feel free to treat yourself while you also fuel your family.

Table of Contents
  1. Hand-Held Easy Snacks for Kids
  2. Dips and Spoonable Treats
  3. Nut-Free Snacks
  4. Healthy Snacks for Kids FAQs
  5. Tips for Storing Food

Hand-Held Easy Snacks for Kids

When looking for items to fill the lunch box, I need it to be easy and tasty. Complicated works of art are not going to cut it when I’m trying to get my kids out the door early in the morning or when I’m up late prepping. Many of these ideas can be prepped ahead and made in multiple servings, so you can prep once and snack well all week long.

This category is pretty self-explanatory. These are snacks you can eat with your hands. No extra utensils are needed! Feel free to cut them into sizes your kid can manage, or double up if you know they need to extra energy.

Homemade Granola Bars
5 from 25 votes
When you need to go the extra mile, homemade granola bars are your BFF. I grew up on Nature’s Valley bars thanks to my dad, but I wanted to make my own version using my favorite plant-based ingredients.
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Quick Apple Donuts
5 from 1 vote
These apple donuts have become a go-to snack thanks to how quick and easy they are to make. Get creative and have fun topping the apple rings with your favorite toppings.
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Oven Roasted Almonds
4.7 from 6 votes
Tamari, the deeper flavored cousin of soy sauce, goes splendidly with toasted almonds. Eat as is for a quick, filling snack or roughly chop and use as a savory salad topping.
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vegan avocado fries on a white plate with a container of chipotle ranch dipping sauce.
Avocado Fries
5 from 2 votes
Snacking made delicious with these crispy avocado fries. These are a super fun side dish, snack or appetizer that will surely liven up your day.
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vegan snack recipe
Chocolate Covered Banana Bites
4.9 from 7 votes
Grab a friend and whip up these delicious bite-sized snacks. Chocolate covered banana bites are super easy to make, and oh so fun!
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Healthy zucchini bread, ready to eat
Healthy Zucchini Bread
5 from 5 votes
A fun bread the whole family can enjoy (and help make!). I love that this bread contains a whole cup of veggies, and that it’s vegan… though you can’t even tell!
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Rice Crispy Treat Recipe for Healthy Kids Snack
Rice Krispie Treats Recipe
5 from 18 votes
This Rice Krispie Treats Recipe uses plant-based whole foods from brown rice to almond butter. Not only will you find more protein and fiber, but the flavor will blow you away. 
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vegan protein bars for energy and fullness
Vegan Protein Bars
5 from 18 votes
These delicious, wholesome vegan protein bars will give you the energy to get stuff done while nourishing your body with plant-based protein such as good-for-you nuts and seeds.
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no-bake energy balls recipe with chocolate chips and oats.
Chocolate Chip Energy Balls
5 from 1 vote
These no-bake energy balls are the perfect snack before a workout, to get over the afternoon slump (without coffee!) or to take on-the-go for any snack emergency.
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Strawberry Vegan Muffins
5 from 12 votes
My whole family adores these strawberry vegan muffins, but I definitely love them the most. These muffins bring back childhood peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in a sophisticated and more nutritious way.
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Dips and Spoonable Treats

This next category focuses on recipes that make great dips or work for times when your kid is sitting. Nuts and seed butter pair great with fruits and veggies alike, caramel apple dip is a fun way to eat more fruit no matter the season and yogurt can be used with a variety of mix-ins.

easy snacks for kids include nut and butters like almond butter, sunflower seed butter and cashew butter in glass jars with air-tight lids.

I often pack dye-free sprinkles, mini vegan chocolate chips or freeze-dried fruit when packing a dip or yogurt. My kids love a good topping as much as I do.

nut butter recipes
Homemade Nut Butter
5 from 3 votes
Nothing compares to the ultra creamy texture and flavor of homemade nut butter. Try these as an alternative to peanut butter to make sandwiches, sauces, dressings, cookies, and more. Or use as a luxurious, decadent dip for apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, pretzels, carrots, celery, or anything dip-able.
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3 glass jars full of vegan yogurt parfaits.
Vegan Yogurt
5 from 4 votes
If you're looking for a delicious recipe that is plant based, look no further. This fun, easy vegan yogurt recipe is great on its own, or turned into a parfait with the fruit compote and granola.
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healthy granola in a glass jar with dried blueberries.
Healthy Granola with Blueberries
5 from 4 votes
This gluten free granola recipe can be used as a smoothie bowl or yogurt topper, eaten as-is or enjoyed with a plant milk for a decadent cereal. Enjoy straight from the oven or store in an air-tight container to enjoy all week long!
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How to Make Chia Pudding
5 from 3 votes
Chocolate chia pudding makes the perfect snack, quick breakfast or unique brunch addition. Use it to top pancakes, inside a parfait or mixed with granola. You may need more than one spoon as it is entirely delicious and shareable!
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Pumpkin Chia Pudding
5 from 4 votes
Celebrate fall with this quick n' easy protein-packed snack. Pumpkin Chia Pudding tastes great and is the perfect amount of sweet. Treat it like a dessert, a snack, or a light breakfast.
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Healthy Caramel Apple Dip
4.9 from 7 votes
Hope you’re sitting down because this healthy caramel apple dip is going to blow your mind! Made with all-natural, plant-based ingredients and ZERO added sugar (no corn syrup!), this sauce is rawkin’. Use as a spread, dip, topping, sauce, filling, or just eat it by the spoonful.
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Nut-Free Snacks

homemade fruit roll ups with chia seeds turned purple from elderberry syrup.

Many schools today require any homemade snacks to be nut-free, which can be hard. Other than fresh fruit, what can you bring? I actually brought my Vitamix blender to my daughter’s school one year and blended smoothies for the whole class. What a hit! Here are some more great ideas:

fruit leather recipe
Homemade Fruit Leather
5 from 9 votes
This fruit leather recipe is loved by kids and adults alike! Just 4 simple, whole food ingredients, make this fun, kid-approved treat. Follow my how to steps for the perfect weekend at home or school snack.
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homemade hummus
Homemade Hummus
5 from 13 votes
With this recipe on hand, you'll never need store-bought hummus again! Along with iron-rich chickpeas, we've included loads of fresh, vibrant herbs to add extra vitamins, minerals to this herb hummus.
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Healthy Breakfast Bar
4.4 from 8 votes
The classic fruit-filled snack/cereal bar transformed into a healthy breakfast bar recipe. The oat-studded dough is filled with lightly sweetened fruit jam and baked until golden.
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Best Green Smoothie Recipe
4.8 from 1461 votes
The best green smoothie recipe is a tasty tropical treat packed with iron, potassium and vitamins galore. There's no need to be scared of a spinach smoothie when it tastes like this.
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Healthy Snacks for Kids FAQs

What are some healthy snacks for kids for school?

I’ve got 19 snacks that are kid-approved for school this year. Choose from sweet, savory and even nut-free to send your kid to class prepped for success and fueled with whole food ingredients.

What nut-free snacks can my kid take to school?

Nut-free snacks can be hard to find! Try my fruit leather, homemade hummus, breakfast bars or the best smoothie recipe ever for a nut-safe alternative that the whole class can enjoy.

How do I keep my kids’ snacks cold during the school day?

Small, gel ice packs are perfect in my kids’ lunch boxes. Just one small ice pack can help keep that snack cold until snack time or lunchtime, whichever comes first. Pro Tip: I use the plant-based ones that come in my Thrive Market boxes; just save them in the freezer until you need one!

Tips for Storing Food

I’ll take all the tricks and tips when it comes to the food my kids take to school. Here are a few I’ve learned over the years:

  • Pack frozen smoothies so they act as a cold pack AND thaw nicely for lunchtime without getting too warm.
  • Prep! Seriously, I pick two or three recipes from the list above and prep them in advance. That way, I’ve got options for the week but I don’t have to try and come up with a new snack idea every night.
  • Wash fruit and store in glass jars: I got this tip from an awesome Rawkstar. They wash all their fruit and then store it in glass mason jars with one paper towel. This keeps the fruit fresh and ready to grab for school all week.

Here’s my daughter, Clare, making a healthy snack after school! What are your fav school snacks? Drop a comment and let me know!

About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. Needed a snack for 3 toddlers on a rainy day so we just scrolled through this post and picked out the almond butter and jam muffins!