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Six AWESOME After School Snacks

Six AWESOME After School Snacks

School has begun! I can’t even believe it! My son has started kindergarten and I’ve been imagining all sorts of fun after school snacks. Let’s be honest, focusing on after school snacks has kept me distracted from the absolute shock of, “MY BABY IS IN KINDERGARTEN?!?!?!”. He’s been counting the days down since May, while I’ve been trying not to even think about it. Haha! Funny how that works!

Here are SIX easy snacks you can make to greet your kids with as they come home from school. And, if you homeschool, these would still be great treats for the end of your school day!

My first snack to share is Rice Krispie Treats, which are such a classic childhood favorite. I love making them because they are no bake sweets that are both sweet and crunchy. Kids love them, and actually, SO DO ADULTS! Plus, they are SO EASY to make.

I have a couple of tips for you!

1. Don’t worry about getting the marshmallows 100% melted into the butter before mixing in the cereal, get the marshmallows barely heated and that will maximize your marshmallow distribution amongst the cereal.

2. Use a large knife covered in butter to gently press the Rice Krispie Treats into your serving container.

We mixed it up by making two different varieties of Rice Krispie treats.

Sparkle Unicorn Treats

3 cups of Fruity Rice Krispie cereal

3 cups of Regular Rice Krispie cereal

A half bag of regular marshmallows (or a 3/4 of a bag of small marshmallows)

3 tablespoons of butter

Purple sugar sprinkles

Directions:

Take a cookie sheet and place parchment paper on the cookie sheet.

Melt the butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds in a large microwave safe bowl. Once the butter is melted, add the marshmallows to the bowl. Microwave for another 30 seconds. Alternate adding the two different cereals to the bowl one cup at a time. This creates an easy way to mix in the cereal. Carefully use a spatula (covered in butter) to mix the cereal, butter and marshmallows together.

Pour the mixture onto the cookie sheet. Carefully use the spatulas to spread the mixture out. Then, use a large knife (covered in butter) to press the Rice Krispie treats creating a smooth layer. Sprinkle with purple sugar sprinkles. Enjoy!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

3 cups of Chocolate Rice Krispie cereal

3 cups of Regular Rice Krispie cereal

A half bag of regular marshmallows (or a 3/4 of a bag of small marshmallows)

3 tablespoons of butter

2 tablespoons of peanut butter

Purple sugar sprinkles

Directions:

Take a cookie sheet and place parchment paper on the cookie sheet.

Melt the butter and peanut butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds in a large microwave safe bowl. Once the butter and peanut butter is melted, add the marshmallows to the bowl. Microwave for another 30 seconds. Alternate adding the two different cereals to the bowl one cup at a time. This creates an easy way to mix in the cereal. Carefully use a spatula (covered in butter) to mix the cereal, butter, peanut butter and marshmallows together.

Pour the mixture onto the cookie sheet. Carefully use the spatulas to spread the mixture out. Then, use a large knife (covered in butter) to press the Rice Krispie treats creating a smooth layer. Let it sit with a layer of parchment paper on top of the treats to further form.

Alternative: cut the Rice Crispie treats in bite size shapes, dip the tips in chocolate or white chocolate and sprinkle with multicolor sprinkles.

Watermelon Logs

If you are looking for a healthier option, watermelon is the perfect treat! Watermelon slices are always wins with my kids, but you can mix it up by cutting the watermelon into logs. This makes it easy for kids to eat up!

To cut the watermelon into logs, start by cutting the watermelon in half. Then cut the halves into half moon slices. From there, use your knife to carefully cut the watermelon into logs. In about 10 minutes, you will have an entire watermelon cut in to adorable watermelon logs.

Watermelon and Oranges

Watermeon and Oranges make another great option for an afternoon snack. Slices of watermelon with a few slices of oranges make for beautiful snack plate.

Cheese and Crackers with Raisins

If you are looking for something a little more savory, my kids LOVE cheese and crackers. We use Cheddar cheese sticks and Cheeze-it crackers. I also include a small box of raisins (usually 2/3 of my kids will want the raisins).

Frozen Banana Popsicles

School started the first of August for us. We are in GA and that means the temperature is still over 90 degrees! It’s SO HOT here! So, if you have a bunch of bananas that have been sitting for too long, you can make Frozen Banana Popsicles.

For this, you will need:

Reusable Lollipop Sticks

A bunch of bananas

White Chocolate chips

Semi sweet/Dark Chocolate chips

Sprinkles

Granola

Directions:

Pierce the Bananas with the lollipop sticks. Place in the freezer for 30-40 minutes. Melt the White chocolate and semi/sweet and Dark chocolates in separate microwave safe bowls (we mixed the semi-sweet and dark chocolate together). Only do 15-30 second intervals for the Chocolate stirring between each interval. While the chocolate melts, place parchment paper over a freezer safe flat container (I used a small tray). Once the chocolate is melted, take the Bananas out of the freezer and dip in the chocolate, then sprinkle with extra Chocolate chips, sprinkles or granola (or nothing at all!). Place back in freezer! Let freezer for 20 minutes. Then, enjoy!

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