3 Fall After School Snack Ideas for Kids
Changing your afterschool snacks with the seasons can help pique your kids’ interest in trying new things as you build healthy habits together. These fall snack ideas from us at Pottery Barn Kids focus on healthy options, but they’re so delicious that you may even want to pack them in your own lunch bag to take to work!
It’s hard to imagine fall dishes without pumpkin. But, many pre-made pumpkin foods are more like dessert items than snacks. This recipe lets you balance convenience with seasonal goodness, and you can make your presentation more fun by serving the hummus up in a pumpkin-shaped bowl or on a Halloween plate.
- 1 recipe plain homemade hummus (or)
- 1 package plain store-bought hummus
- Canned pureed pumpkin
- Salt and spices (optional)
- Roasted pumpkin seeds
- Hummus dippers (baby carrots, cut celery, bell pepper slices, whole-wheat pita, etc.)
Place your hummus in a bowl and gradually add pureed pumpkin by the tablespoon until you achieve a beautiful orange color with a pleasant pumpkin flavor. If you feel the pumpkin has watered down the taste of the hummus, you can add salt and spices such as garlic powder, cracked pepper or paprika to enhance the flavor. Sprinkle pepitas on top for some crunch, and that’s all it takes! Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to a week.
Autumnal Apple Stacks
Apple pairs well with a variety of protein-packed foods. This makes it an ideal base for a sweet-and-savory snack combo that you can easily prep and plate within a few minutes while still respecting your kids’ individual food preferences.
Supplies and Ingredients
- 1 cored apple (any variety), sliced widthwise into coins
- Autumn cookie cutters
- Peanut or almond butter, cold cuts and/or cheese
- Fall sprinkles (optional)
Use your apple slices as the base for a stack that includes any toppings your children like. You can use your autumn cookie cutters to create leaf, pumpkin or even Halloween-shaped cutouts of cheese or sliced meats to stack on top of the apple. If your child doesn’t eat meat or cheese, spread nut butter on the apple and use a tiny pinch of fall sprinkles to add just a little bit of seasonal flair to the snack. You can top the peanut or other nut butter with a pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin spice for more fall flavor.
This owl snack recipe combines appealing decoration with nourishing ingredients for the perfect balance of fun and fuel.
- Whole-wheat toast, pita or rice cake
- Peanut or almond butter, cream cheese, hummus or another spreadable protein your kids like
- Bananas, peeled and sliced into coins
- Clementines, peeled and separated into sections
- Raisins or other small dried fruit pieces
Spread your choice of protein on your toast or other base. Then use your fruit to create the owl’s face. Use two banana coins for the eyes and two clementine slices (one on each side) to create the wings. The banana coin eyes should go toward the top, and the wings toward the bottom. Next, you can use your dried fruit pieces to add in details such as the owl’s eye pupils and a beak. If you’re using larger dried fruits such as apricots, you might want to use kitchen shears or a knife to cut the pieces down into a more manageable size based on the scale of the owl face you’re creating. Kids who are interested in cooking may want to help you with the knife-free parts of the assembling process.
If you’d like, you can use chopped dried fruit pieces to add in extra details like claws or feathers on the owl’s body. When you’re just going for a quick snack, though, simply creating the basic features of the eyes and beak is easy and fast. You can serve any leftover fruit on the side of the plate or in a separate bowl on the table for kids to take from as they like.