Healthy snacks for kids are the best of both worlds: your kids want more and you’re happy that they’re eating nutritious food instead of the junk that’s so common these days.
But coming up with snacks the whole family will love can be an uphill battle.
Have we got the solution for you!
In this article, we give you our favorite, easy-to-make, easy-to-eat-at-home-or-on-the-go treats that are both nutritious and delicious.
We’ll also introduce you to oatmeal on a mission and let you in on how you can be a part of our unique community effort to supply servings of our hot cereal to food banks in your area.
Healthy Snacks For Kids
No list of healthy snacks for kids would be complete without granola. Whether you eat it dry or add your favorite milk, granola makes for the perfect treat at home or on the go.
Here’s a simple DIY recipe for granola that you won’t have to worry about storing because it just disappears too fast.
- 4 cups of rolled oats
- 1 ½ cup of raw nuts or seeds (we like pecans and chia seeds)
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt or ¾ cup of table salt
- ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- ½ cup of melted coconut oil
- ½ cup of maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts, seeds, salt, and cinnamon
- Stir to blend
- Measure in the oil, maple syrup, and vanilla
- Mix well until all the ingredients are lightly coated
- Pour granola onto your baking sheet and spread it evenly with a large spoon
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly golden brown
- Stir mixture halfway through
- Remove mixture from the oven and let it cool completely, undisturbed in the baking pan (at least 45 minutes)
Want to learn more about granola? Take a moment to read these articles from The Soulfull Project blog:
- Granola Vs. Muesli Vs. Oatmeal: What’s The Difference?
- What Is Granola And Is It Good For You?
- Is Granola Gluten-Free? Everything You Need To Know
2) Overnight Oatmeal
We love overnight oatmeal as a healthy snack for kids because we can whip up a big batch Sunday night and it’s ready to eat at home or on the go the very next morning.
Plus, it lasts all week in the fridge so you don’t have to think about making more until the next weekend.
- Rolled oats
- Milk, water, or broth
- Seeds (optional)
- Yogurt (optional)
- Vanilla extract (optional)
- Sweetener (optional)
- Extras and toppings of your choice
- Add 1 cup of rolled oats to the container of your choice
- Add 1 cup of liquid
- Add ⅛ cup of seeds of your choice (we like hemp, chia, and flax)
- Add 1 tablespoon of your favorite yogurt
- Add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract (add more or less to taste)
- Add extras of your choice (e.g., shredded coconut, dried cranberries, chopped pecans)
- Mix oats and liquid (and any other ingredients) until you don’t see any clumps
- Seal or cover with a lid
- Place in the refrigerator for at least two hours
- In the morning, add your favorite toppings
For more ideas on how to make your overnight oatmeal great, check out this article from The Soulfull Project blog: How To Make Overnight Oatmeal In 10 Easy Steps.
3) No-Bake Oatmeal Bars
- 1 cup of butter
- ½ cup of packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 3 cups of quick-cook or instant oats
- 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup of peanut butter or other nut butter
- Grease a square or rectangular baking pan
- Melt butter in a large saucepan on the stove over medium heat
- Stir in brown sugar and vanilla
- Mix in the oats
- Heat mixture over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes to help ingredients blend together (if ingredients are already mixed well, you can skip this step)
- Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the baking pan
- Set the other half aside for the topping
- Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a small saucepan on the stove over low heat (stir frequently until smooth)
- Pour the chocolate/peanut butter mixture over the no-bake oatmeal bars in the baking pan
- Spread chocolate topping evenly over oatmeal bars with a knife or the back of a spoon
- Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer
- Gently press crumbled topping into chocolate
- Cover and refrigerate for two to three hours or overnight
- Remove bars from the refrigerator and allow to return to room temperature before cutting into your favorite shapes
Can’t get enough oat-based goodies? Check out this article from The Soulfull Project blog for even more DIY oatmeal bar recipes: 4 Simple Oatmeal Bars Recipes That Anyone Can Make.
Surprised to see that cookies made this list of healthy snacks? You’ll be pleased to know that when you make cookies with the right ingredients, they can be both delicious and nutritious.
Here’s our favorite recipe for a healthy cookie your whole family will rave about.
- 1 cup of oatmeal
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1⁄3 cup of granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 large egg
- 1⁄2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 1⁄2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- In a large bowl, mix oatmeal, flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and salt
- Mix together until well incorporated
- In the same bowl, add egg, vanilla, and softened butter
- Fold the mixture with your hands until all the ingredients start to come together and are not so dry
- Add the chocolate chips and mix in until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl
- Coat baking sheets with cooking spray or a teaspoon of melted butter
- Scoop out a tablespoon of dough, roll it into a ball, and place it on the baking sheet (about two inches apart)
- Bake for 20 minutes or until cookies begin to lightly brown at the bottom and the top and are firm to the touch but still soft
Serve these delicious oatmeal cookies while still warm for the perfect afternoon snack.
Make Your Healthy Snacks For Kids Even Better
Want to make these healthy snacks for kids even better? Add hot cereal to the recipe!
Hot cereal makes everything healthier thanks to all the hearty grains it contains.
The Soulfull Project hot cereal, for example, offers a wide variety of whole grains for maximum nutrition, including:
Mixing hot cereal into granola, oatmeal bars, and cookies (just to name a few) is an easy way to add more vitamins and minerals to your family’s diet.
But it’s not just about the nutrition.
Hot cereal also makes everything tastier thanks to The Soulfull Project’s delicious flavors such as:
Just think how much your kids will love the taste and crunch of toasted coconut granola. Yum!
If you haven’t got time to whip up a batch of healthy snacks for kids, try The Soulfull Project Crispy Granola, which comes in three delicious flavors: Toasted Coconut, Maple Pecan, and Dark Chocolate Cherry.
And if you’re looking for more gluten-free, nut-free snacks to get you through your day, check out our Don’t Go Nuts soy spreads and chewy granola bars.
Plus, remember that for every serving you purchase, The Soulfull Project will provide a serving of our hot cereal to a regional food bank in your area.
Who knew that healthy snacks for kids could do so much, right?
You can have an impact on the health and happiness of your family and your neighbors when you include The Soulfull Project hot cereal in all your healthy snacks.
For more information on the serving-for-serving program and to check out all our delicious hot cereal flavors, visit TheSoulfullProject.com today.