11 Healthy Snack Ideas for Toddlers

by: Breanna Richey
Here are easy and healthy snack ideas toddlers will love in their lunchboxes! Get the recipes to make snacks at home.
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Even if you feed your kids a three-course meal, they'll inevitably stumble into the kitchen an hour later, begging for snack time. So instead of discouraging their grazing, try offering a healthy option that will satisfy your child until the next meal time and give you a little peace of mind about what's going into their body. Whether it's after breakfast, in the afternoon, or before bedtime, we've gathered 11 healthy toddler snacks perfect for any time of day.

Tips to encourage toddlers to eat healthy snacks

  • Get kids involved in preparing the snack.
  • Keep ready-to-eat healthy items at eye level, such as applesauce, yogurt, and string cheese.
  • Wash and cut up fruits and vegetables, which make the ideal healthy finger food.
  • Pack healthy snacks in their lunch box.

1. Frozen Yogurt Bites

Frozen Yogurt Bites

While you need to make these ahead of time, they’re simple, quick, and make the perfect toddler snack. Plus, you can keep them in the freezer for up to six months.

What you need:

  • 1 box of Gogurt
  • Parchment paper or wax paper

Directions:

  1. Line a cooking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  2. Cut a hole in the Gogurt tube.
  3. Squeeze small dots of yogurt, spread out, all over the cooking sheet.
  4. Freeze for at least four hours.
  5. Store the leftover yogurt bites in a storage bag in the freezer.

2. Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log

The classic Ants on a Log is not only a fun way to encourage children to eat healthy snacks, but it's also simple enough for kids of all ages to help prepare.

What you need:

  • Celery, washed
  • Peanut butter
  • Raisins

Directions:

  1. Cut the celery into manageable pieces.
  2. Spread peanut butter on the celery.
  3. Have your child place the ants (raisins) on the peanut butter.

Note: To get more veggies into snack time, you can substitute the peanut butter for hummus, which is made from chickpeas. Plus, if you switch out the raisins for cucumber, it looks like a snail!

3. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Apple Rings

Apple Rings

Apples are a nutritious snack high in fiber and antioxidants. Since a whole apple isn’t always kid-friendly, these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Apple Rings are a manageable size for little ones.

What you need:

  • 1 apple
  • Peanut butter
  • Chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Slice the apple into rings.
  2. Core the apple. A simple way to cut out the core is by using a measuring spoon.
  3. Spread the peanut butter and sprinkle the chocolate chips.

Note: Feel free to switch up the toppings and use almond butter or another nut butter, walnuts, almonds, cashews, shredded coconut, or granola.

4. Baked Apple Chips

Apple Chips

The sweet apple and cinnamon spice combine to make these Baked Apple Chips the ideal satisfying post-dinner snack. Plus, there’s no added sugar.

What you need:

  • Apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Slice apples very thin. A mandolin creates the perfect slices.
  3. Evenly place the apple slices on a parchment-lined cooking sheet.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes, flip, and bake for an additional 45 minutes.

Note: If stored in an airtight container or storage bag, they can last about one week.

5. Blueberry Yogurt Bark

Blueberry Yogurt Bark

After making this sweet and healthy Blueberry Yogurt Bark, you’ll never want the candy chocolate bark ever again.

What you need:

  • Blueberries
  • Your favorite yogurt, including Greek yogurt or Gogurt.
  • Parchment paper

Directions:

  1. Line a cooking sheet with sides or a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Evenly spread out the yogurt.
  3. Place blueberries on top.
  4. Freeze for at least four hours.
  5. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container or storage bag in the freezer for up to six months.

Note: If you don’t like blueberries, experiment with other fresh fruit like raspberries or strawberries. Dried fruit is also an excellent option that won’t get soggy.

6. Graham Cracker Fruit Pizza

Fruit Pizza

Graham Cracker Fruit Pizza is highly customizable, making it an ideal easy snack for kids of all ages or adults!

What you need:

  • Graham Crackers
  • Your favorite spread, such as Nutella, peanut butter, almond butter, cream cheese, or yogurt
  • Fruit

Directions:

  1. Layer your spread of choice on the graham cracker.
  2. Top with sliced fruit, including banana, strawberry, clementines, and raspberries.

Note: Try using cinnamon graham crackers or a flavored cream cheese spread.

7. Tortilla Roll-Up

Tortilla Roll-up

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a snack that’s as quick and easy as this Tortilla Roll-Up.

What you need:

  • Whole grain tortilla
  • Banana
  • Peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Evenly spread the peanut butter on the tortilla.
  2. Place the banana in the center and roll it up.
  3. To prevent choking hazards, cut it up into small pieces.

Note: If your kids don’t like the roll-up style, you could cut up the bananas and make a fruit quesadilla. You could also substitute the tortilla for pita bread.

8. No-Bake Cheerio Granola Bars

Granola Bar

Make these No-Bake Cheerio Granola Bars from The Lazy Dish ahead of time, so your kids always have healthy finger foods at arms reach.

What you need:

  • 3 cups Cheerios
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey

Directions:

  1. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Heat the peanut butter and honey in a saucepan until melted and combined.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and slowly mix in the Cheerios until well combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into the 8x8 pan and press down.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. Cut into bars.

Note: Store them in the refrigerator to keep them fresh.

9. Veggie Ladybug Cracker

Ladybug Cracker

The cute ladybug will be exciting for kids to design and eat!

What you need:

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Whole-grain crackers
  • Cottage cheese
  • Black olives

Directions:

  1. Slice the cherry tomatoes into quarters.
  2. Spread cottage cheese onto the crackers.
  3. Place the olive on the cracker as the head and two pieces of cherry tomatoes as wings.

10. Trail Mix

Trail Mix

Trail mix is one of the best healthy snack ideas for all ages. You can customize it depending on your children's preference or make it different every time.

What you need:

  • Dried fruit
  • Pretzels
  • Chocolate chips
  • Nuts

Directions:

  1. Mix equal amounts of each item in a large bowl. Store it in an airtight container or storage bag.

11. No-Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies

While cookies don’t seem like a healthy snack, these No-Bake Cookies are made with minimal ingredients and won’t leave you in a sugar coma.

What you need:

  • Peanut butter or almond butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups rolled oats

Directions:

  1. Heat peanut butter and honey in a saucepan until well combined and beginning to bubble.
  2. Remove from heat and add in cocoa powder and rolled oats.
  3. Scoop a spoonful out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Refrigerate for an hour.

Note: These can last in the fridge in an airtight container or storage bag for two weeks.