Fall Recipes for Kids That Are Perfect for After-School Snacking
Confession time: when we make after-school snacks for our kids, we sneak more than a few bites. Let’s face it, the snacks kids get (especially when they’re creative and cute) just taste better than “adult snacks.” These fall recipes for kids are sure to get some grins—and are secretly nutritious!
Fall recipes for kids that are as cute as they are delicious
Do you know what makes snack time a million times better? Unique shapes, cute cutouts, and kid-inspired creativity. In general, we’re partial to fall-time snacks. There’s something special about the spices, in-season fruits, and focus on comfort food. We’ve put together our favorite fall recipes for kids using delicious ingredients from our very own Trader Joe’s and Food 4 Less.
Rice cakes are the ultimate blank canvas to any creative snacks. They add a fantastic crunch that kids love and they also do well with savory or sweet toppings. We love these Apple Owls from A Few Shortcuts.
To make them, slather your nut butter of choice on top of rice cakes. Plain cakes do well, but you can also get creative with something like apple cinnamon if you like. Then, slice apples and bananas for the eyes and wings, top off with blueberries, and add cheerios for feather texture. Don’t forget a small slice of cantaloupe for the triangular nose. Feel free to sub any of the fruit for things your kiddos prefer—the possibilities are endless!
Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Cue the time for pumpkin spice and pumpkin pie everything. Although a smoothie might not be your first thought on colder days, these beauties (inspired by Shugary Sweets) have warm spices and healthy ingredients.
In a blender, add ½ cup of pumpkin puree, one banana, a couple of ice cubes (depending on how cold you want it), 6oz vanilla yogurt (use plain to cut down the sugar), ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 3 tablespoons of milk. Blend until it’s your preferred consistency (we like ours extra smooth and creamy), then pour into glasses and top with whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg.
Leaf Finger Sandwiches
One of our favorite fall activities is walking around town and watching the leaves change. These protein-filled snacks take inspiration from nature and are perfect any time of day.
Start by using differently sized leaf cookie cutters on your favorite bread, cheese, and deli meat slices. Then, layer on some mayo or mustard for flavor and stack as many slices within the bread leaves as you like. For some extra fun (and meta-leaf creativity), put the sandwiches over a bed of spinach.
Find all the ingredients for these fall recipes for kids at the CVSC
The best part about these fall recipes is being able to share special after-school moments. Find all the ingredients you need at the CVSC!