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12 Kid-Friendly Snack Recipes For After-School Munchies

20/03/2017 07:47 SAST | Updated 20/03/2017 07:50 SAST

Kids often need an energy boost after a long day in the classroom. Instead of processed snacks and junk foods, satisfy after-school munchies with one of these homemade snacks. Most of them are easy enough for the kids to make themselves!

1. Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Granola bars are a staple in my pantry, but between my husband, my kids, and my kids' hungry friends, I can't seem to keep enough of them in the house. After many trials, I finally cracked the code and came up with a version that puts all those store-bought bars to shame. What's more, they're no-bake and take only ten minutes to make. GET THE RECIPE

2. Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

This quick bread makes the perfect afternoon snack for kids (or parents) in need of a chocolate fix. It has deep chocolate flavor, yet it's not so sweet that it tastes like dessert. And since it's loaded with zucchini, it's a great way to sneak in some greens. GET THE RECIPE

3. Nuts n' Bolts

This retro homemade snack mix is always a hit. The recipe makes a TON — perfect for keeping kids and their hungry friends happy all day long. GET THE RECIPE

4. Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

When you roast chickpeas at a high temperature, they become crisp on the outside and buttery on the inside. They're as addictive as French fries — and kids love them! GET THE RECIPE

5. Homemade Granola

This recipe was inspired by the homemade granola served at The Inn at Occidental in Sonoma County, CA. With clusters of old-fashioned oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruits and wheat germ, it's delicious and nutritious. GET THE RECIPE

6. Soft Pretzels

This snack doubles as a fun after-school or weekend project. If your kids like Auntie Anne's famous mall pretzels (what kid doesn't?), they'll love these too. GET THE RECIPE

7. Crazy Good Italian Popcorn

This homemade popcorn tossed with garlic butter, Parmesan, oregano and red pepper flakes is adapted from Crazy Good Italian: Big Flavors, Small Plates by D.C. Chef and Top Chef All-Stars runner up Mike Isabella. It's insanely addictive (yes, crazy good) and exemplifies Isabella's self-described cooking style: one part old-world Italian, one part old-school Jersey, one part modern Mediterranean — all parts delicious. GET THE RECIPE

8. Crispy Kale Chips with Lemon & Parmesan

Getting your kids to eat enough greens can be a challenge but with these kale chips, it won't be. GET THE RECIPE

9. Nutella Sandwich Cookies (AKA Yo-yos)

These have got to be some of the world's cutest cookies. They look just like little yo-yos, thus the name, and are popular in Australia. You make them by joining together two buttery shortbread disks with a layer of creamy Nutella. GET THE RECIPE

10. Homemade Chunky Applesauce

What's more comforting after school than a bowl of warm applesauce? This homemade version is richly flavored, tart and sweet — almost like apple pie filling — and a world apart from store-bought. Serve it warm out of the oven for instant happiness. GET THE RECIPE

11. Hummus

Kids love dips, especially hummus. And homemade hummus always trumps store bought: it's healthier, tastier and — best part — made from ingredients you can always keep on hand. GET THE RECIPE

12. English Muffin Pizzas

These easy mini pizzas are perfect for an impromptu after-school pizza party — simply set out all the ingredients and let the kids pick their toppings and make their own. GET THE RECIPE