16 Nutritious Kid-Friendly Treats that are Parent-Approved

Sweet and easy snacks that are made with healthy ingredients!

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Sometimes, the littlest bodies can have the biggest appetites! When your growing kiddos get hungry, you want to give them a snack they love, but you also want their snacks to be good for them! We get it! That’s why we’ve created this list of nutritious kid-friendly treats that are parent-approved! Your kids will love the sweet taste and you’ll love knowing they’re healthy!

But, just because these recipes are kid-friendly doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy them too! The entire family can snack on these treats to crush sweet hunger cravings in-between meals or satisfy a sweet tooth after dinner. 

16 Nutritious Kid-Friendly Treats that are Parent-Approved

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The nutritious recipes below are made with healthy ingredients that are better for you. They also taste just as good– if not better than– any packaged or processed dessert. See for yourself!

Snack Pretzel Stack

Dig into our yummy and super easy snack pretzel stacks!

Try it: Snack Pretzel Stack

This four-ingredient snack proves that simple can be absolutely delicious! Pretzel twists, banana slices, dark chocolate chips, and your favorite nut butter layer up to create a satisfyingly sweet snack stack! Kids will love how fun these little towers look, too!

Sweet Potato Crunchies

Our sweet potato crunchies are a quick and easy snack that the kids will love!

Try it: Sweet Potato Crunchies

These crispy and crunchy chip strips only require two ingredients — sweet potatoes and a little olive oil, — but you can season them any way you like. Make them a little salty and a little sweet by sprinkling on a bit of salt and a dash of cinnamon. 

Apple Sandwiches

These kid-friendly apple sanwiches will be just as adored by grown ups!

Try it: Apple Sandwiches

Apple slices, peanut butter, honey, and raisins team up in these adorable little apple sandwiches. Feel free to omit the honey if you’d like to cut down on sugar. 

Baked Banana Chips

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Try it: Baked Banana Chips

Bananas are naturally sweet, making this two-ingredient chip recipe an absolute breeze to make. Simply slice them really thin, coat them in lemon juice, and bake until crispy. It’s a great and crunchy way to change up how the kiddos eat bananas!

Baked Apple Chips

These yummy apple chips are perfect for packed lunches and school snacktime

Try it: Baked Apple Chips

Want another healthy, crunchy, and sweet chip recipe? These apple chips are essentially made the same way as the banana chips previously listed, but, instead of lemon juice you’ll sprinkle them with a bit of cinnamon!

Chocolate Covered Banana Bites

These chocolate covered banana bites are the yummiest, warm-weather snack.

Try it: Chocolate Covered Banana Bites

We’re back with some familiar ingredients here. Banana chunks are layered with nut butter and then coated in a chocolate drizzle. What’s not to love about this delicious combo?

Vanilla Bean Yogurt Shake

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Try it: Vanilla Bean Yogurt Shake

Skip the sugar-laden drive-thru shake and make this simple, six-ingredient recipe instead. High-protein Greek yogurt and protein powder are blended together with banana, coconut milk, vanilla, and ice. The result? A sweet, creamy, and dream-worthy shake loaded with nutrients, not empty calories!

Skinny Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

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Try it: Skinny Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

This is one of our favorite family-friendly recipes to enjoy on movie night, and it’s just so easy to make! Our ultra-creamy dip pairs Greek yogurt with peanut butter. Then, it’s up to you to decide what you’d like to dip in it. Our favorite sweet options are fruit or graham crackers!

Healthy Fruit Popsicles

Learn how to make healthy fruit popsicles and never buy them at the store again!

Try it: Healthy Fruit Popsicles

Most store-bought popsicles come with quite a bit of added sugar but our two-ingredient pops are all-natural and so refreshing! Blend your favorite fruit with some water, add it to the molds, and freeze!

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Apple Bites

Try it: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Apple Bites

This adorable snack covers apple slices in peanut butter, granola, and a chocolate drizzle. Not only does it taste incredible, but it can be thrown together in just five minutes to satisfy that sweet tooth fast!

Trail Mix Cookie Bars

Make up a batch of these trail mix cookie bars and get going!

Try it: Trail Mix Cookie Bars

This recipe combines one of our favorite snacks (trail mix) with one of our favorite desserts (cookies) and the result is absolutely scrumptious! These are great for busy days on the go or a fabulous after-school treat.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cups

chocolate peanut butter banana cups

Try it: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cups

Without a doubt, this is the most popular treat on our site — and how can it not be?! Creamy peanut butter and rich chocolate envelop sweet banana slices. It’s a trio of flavors that were meant to go together!

5-Minute Peanut Butter Fudge

5-Minute Peanut Butter Fudge

Try it: 5-Minute Peanut Butter Fudge

Five. Minute. Fudge! It’s so easy and so yummy! While it only takes five minutes to prepare, it does have to freeze for an hour. But trust us, the wait will be well worth it!

Quinoa Protein Bars

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Try it: Quinoa Protein Bars

This super-nutritious treat will provide the kiddos with a healthy, after school snack to help them power through their homework! These bars are so tasty, the kids will never believe they’re good for them, too!

Sweet and Salty Chocolate Covered Pretzels

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Try it: Sweet and Salty Chocolate Covered Pretzels

One of our favorite parent-approved treats are these sweet and salty, dark chocolate covered pretzels. Crush two cravings at once!

Cinnamon Apple Peanut Butter Toast

Our Easy Cinnamon Apple Peanut Butter Toast is so satisfying!

Try it: Cinnamon Apple Peanut Butter Toast

The last snack on our list of nutritious kid-friendly treats can be enjoyed for breakfast, too! A thick slice of whole grain toast is covered in cinnamon-spiced apples, honey, and powdered peanut butter (but you can use real, creamy or crunchy peanut butter in its place!

Which one of these nutritious kid-friendly treats are you going to make for the little ones (or yourself) first? Let us know which one(s) you try and what you thought of them in the comment section!

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Erin Miller

Erin is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. She is also a Performance Nutrition Coach, certified through the Clean Health Fitness Institute. Some of Erin’s favorite hobbies include hiking, kayaking, and hanging out at the beach, although weight lifting is her greatest passion. She says, “Weight training is one of the most empowering things a person can do. Not just seeing, but feeling yourself transform… There’s just nothing else like it.”

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