5 Fun & Inexpensive Recipes for Back-to-School Snacks

By Brooke Drake, August 25, 2014, Events & Fun, Save Money

Coming up with snack time ideas is one of the hardest things for me, and I have a feeling I am not alone. Finding that perfect balance of healthy, cheap, and something kids will actually eat is hard to find. So, after some research, I located some great ideas, and I wanted to share them with you. Here are some fun and inexpensive snacks that are perfect for home or back-to-school (and are kinda good for your kids).

5 Fun & Inexpensive Recipes for Back-to-School Snacks

Tattooed Banana

1) Temporary Tattooed Banana

This idea is perfect because it is so cheap and easy. It’s also fun because you take something as simple and healthy as a banana and make it more interesting and unique by “tattooing” your child’s favorite character right onto the peel. Plus not to mention, it’s a great conversation starter with friends.

2) Butterfly Snacks

This cute snack requires a Ziploc bag and clothespin, which makes it easy and cheap to make. First, to make the body of the butterfly, you’ll need a clothespin that you can paint whatever color you like. Then add a pair of googly eyes and pipe cleaner for the antennas. Lastly, add two types of snacks like grapes and goldfish into the Ziploc bag and clip in the middle with the clothespin. Voila – a creative, easy snack!

5 Fun & Inexpensive Recipes for Back-to-School Snacks

Raw Cookie Dough Bites

3) Raw Cookie Dough Bites

While the name sounds super unhealthy, it actually isn’t. It’s the old “bait-and-switch” tactic by baiting the kids with the name, and then tricking them with healthy ingredients. This recipe is packed with protein and natural sweetness, but without all the sugar, butter, and preservatives that can usually be found in children’s snacks. An added bonus is these bites are easy to make and transport, which make them the perfect snack for school. Click here for the full recipe.

5 Fun & Inexpensive Recipes for Back-to-School Snacks

Homemade Fruit Rollups

4) Homemade Fruit “Roll Ups”

Opposed to the store brands, these homemade fruit “roll ups” are healthy, sugar-free, preservative-free, and still good! Plus with only two ingredients, they are easy to prepare. This recipe does warn that it takes a while for the fruit to dry out, so be sure to make it a day or two in advance. First, puree the fruit. Next, spread it onto a Teflex sheet or a parchment-lined baking sheet. Then, stick in the oven on the lowest setting till the fruit dries. When it’s all done, cut into strips and store in a glass container in the refrigerator. Quick and easy! Click here for full instructions.

5) Rolled Banana Snacks

This snack is a play off of sushi, but it’s sushi that most kids will actually eat. Take a peeled banana and spread peanut butter all around it. Once covered in peanut butter, roll it around in Rice Krispie cereal and then cut into bite size pieces. Nutritious and delicious! Click here for the full recipe.

What are your ideas for low-cost snack recipes that your kids will enjoy and are good for them? Share them with us in the comments!

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