10 Easy Snacks to Make at Home


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Make it simple to feed everyone at snack time with these easy snacks to make at home. Each is a great way to use up ingredients you may already have on hand—and to nourish everyone, too.

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Easy Snacks to Make at Home

I am always looking for new ideas to use ingredients we tend to keep in the house, and these easy snacks are some of our favorite fast snack ideas. Each takes just minutes to make, contains a mix of food groups to help keep everyone full until the next meal or snack, and can be adjusted for allergies, intolerances, or the ingredients you have on hand.

My goal here is to offer a mix of ideas since I know our families are all so different, so use any as inspiration and make all the adjustments you need!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the easiest snack to make at home?

I consider the easiest snacks to make at home to be simply combining two foods from two different food groups. This helps us to stay full a little longer than one food group on its own and with kids, it can help to offer them foods to choose from.

What snacks to make when you have no food?

Making a snack plate with odds and ends of what you have leftover can be a fun way to stretch food when it seems like you’re out.

What should I eat for an at-home snack?

We love the mix of ideas here, including an easy yogurt dip with fruit, crackers and hard-cooked eggs, and more. It may help to print this list or write up your own and hang it on the fridge so you never forget your favorites.

How can I make tasty food at home?

Try to make sure the produce you buy is ripe and fresh, add seasonings you prefer, add dips, and taste and make adjustments to suit your own preferences.

yogurt dip with strawberries on pink plate

Yogurt Dip

Using a simple mixture of yogurt, almond butter (or peanut butter or sunflower seed butter), and honey or maple syrup makes a delicious dip for fruit or crackers. (You can even spread it onto muffins.) I like this as a way to use up a little bit of yogurt and ad flavor and nutrients to plain yogurt.

banana sushi on blue plate

Banana Sushi

Spread nut butter or seed butter (like almond, cashew, peanut, or sunflower seed) onto a tortilla, add a banana to one end and roll up. Go slowly and try to make sure the tortilla is wrapped tightly around the banana. Then, slice with a serrated knife and serve.

You can trade in Nutella or cream cheese for the nut or seed butter, too, if you prefer.

Find more wraps for kids for additional easy ideas like this one.

cottage cheese and diced peaches in pink bowl

Cottage Cheese and Fruit

Cottage cheese is full of protein and calcium and is a great source of fats for kids, too. It’s also an easy way to offer a satisfying food—especially when paired with fruit. I like to use whole-milk cottage cheese (which is usually 4% or 5%) and pair with diced peach, mango, or pineapple.

Here I’m using diced canned peaches as an easy option.

hard cooked eggs and crackers on purple plate

Hard-Cooked Eggs and Crackers

Make a quick batch of hard-cooked eggs and pair with whole grain crackers for an easy snack. Add a sprinkle of salt or Everything Bagel seasoning to add flavor if desired. You could also add some mashed avocado to the crackers or even some cheese.

Some kids may prefer all egg whites or all yolks, so know that is totally normal.

sandwich cubes in white bowl

Sandwich Cubes

My kids are always leaving bits of sandwich behind, so years ago I started cutting their leftovers into cubes and storing them in containers for snack time. They’re a fun shape and a great snack.

(Find more sandwich ideas for kids to take this idea and run with it.)

crackers cheese and cucumber stackers

Cheese and Cracker Stackers

Stacking foods is fun, and you can use all sorts of foods for this idea. We like slices of cucumbers, cheese, and whole grain crackers to stack as little sandwiches. You could add some sliced turkey or hard-cooked egg, too, if you like. Add mustard, hummus, or guacamole for more flavor.

(My post on Snacks for Kids has a list of my favorite crackers.)

graham crackers with nut butter and berries on plate

Graham Crackers with Berries

We go through phases with graham crackers and I often have leftovers lingering in the pantry. This idea involves spreading nut butter (or cream cheese) onto graham crackers and sprinkling with diced berries. We love strawberries here, but most any fruit would work—mango, bananas, raisins, apples, and more.

You could also do this idea on toast if you prefer.

oatmeal bar with fruit on plate

Oatmeal Bar with Fruit

Pick one homemade snack to make at home on the weekend and offer it up as a convenient snack throughout the week. These Oatmeal Bars, which have carrots and blueberries, are easy and have a nice mix of nutrients. We like to pair them with fruit or a cup of milk.

fruit lollipops in white bowl

Fruit Sticks

I have yet to figure out why this is true, but putting diced fruit onto lollipop sticks makes kids so happy. This is a great way to use up leftover fruit or to serve fruit in a way that’s both easy and fun. Look for lollipop sticks near the cupcake supplies in a grocery store or big-box store.

strawberry yogurt smoothie with pink straw

Strawberry Smoothie

Blend up a refreshing mix of frozen strawberries, yogurt, a splash of milk or orange juice, and hemp seeds (if desired) to make this delicious smoothie for kids. Serve it in a cup with a straw or a reusable pouch—and enjoy some yourself, too.

Find the full Strawberry Smoothie recipe.

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10 Easy Snacks to Make at Home

Amy Palanjian

Make it simple to feed everyone at snack time with these easy snacks to make at home. Each is a great way to use up ingredients you may already have on hand—especially this yogurt dip.

Prep Time 5 mins

Cook Time 0 mins

Total Time 5 mins

Course Snack

Cuisine American

Servings 2

Calories 151 kcal

Ingredients 

 

Yogurt Dip

  • 1/4 cup plain whole-milk yogurt (regular or Greek style)
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter (or peanut butter or sunflower seed butter)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 cup diced strawberries (or other fruit)

Banana Sushi

  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter or seed butter
  • 1 banana

Cottage Cheese and Fruit

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced fruit

Hard-Cooked Eggs and Crackers

  • 1 hard-cooked egg
  • 1/2 cup whole grain crackers
  • Everything Bagel Seasoning, if desired

Sandwich Cubes

  • 1-1/2 sandwich (like PB&J)

Cheese and Cracker Stacker

  • 1/2 cup whole grain crackers
  • 1/2 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 1-2 slices cheese

Graham Crackers with Berries

  • 4 graham crackers
  • 1-2 tablespoons nut butter or seed butter
  • 1/4 cup strawberries or other fruit, finely diced

Strawberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries

Instructions 

Yogurt Dip

  • Add the ingredients to a bowl except the strawberries Stir really well to make an even consistency.

  • Serve cold with fruit or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. (Stir before serving if any liquid from the yogurt has separated out.)

Hard-Cooked Eggs and Crackers

Cheese and Cracker Stacker

Graham Crackers with Berries

Notes

Store any perishable leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Add mustard, guacamole or other dip to the cracker stackers or eggs and crackers to add flavor.
Let the kids assemble their own fruit sticks and graham crackers with fruit.
Increase or decrease portions in line with the individual level of hunger.

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 16mgPotassium: 279mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 39IUVitamin C: 43mgCalcium: 104mgIron: 1mg

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