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7 Amazingly Easy After-School Treats

7 Amazingly Easy After-School Treats

    1. Arrange snacks in a muffin tin to encourage kids to try new foods.
    2. Bake a batch of zucchini fries for a healthy, savory snack.
    3. Serve a parfait in an ice cream cone for a fun and portable snack twist.

No matter how full you stuff your kid’s lunch box, they always come home ready to raid the fridge. Be ready for those afternoon appetites with a few treats you can feel good about. Here are 7 creative (and simple!) snacks your hungry crew will love.


Muffin tin snacks are a great way to encourage picky eaters to try something new. Each cup holds a different snack, so when they’re filled, you have a rainbow of colors and textures.

  • Here’s How: Create a rainbow effect by filling each cup of a BAKER’S SECRET® PREMIUM™ 12 CUP MUFFIN PAN with a color for the rainbow. Ideas for each color could be strawberries or cherry tomatoes, orange slices or carrot sticks, pineapple or yellow bell pepper sticks, kiwi or edamame, blueberries or purple grapes.


    This “frosted” treat will satisfy your scholar’s sweet tooth without causing an energy crash later.

  • Here’s How: Slice an apple into rings and remove the core. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter over one side of each ring with a BAKER’S SECRET® ESSENTIALS 9″ MINI ICING SPREADER. Sprinkle desired toppings over peanut butter, such as chopped nuts, shaved coconut, mini chocolate chips or sprinkles. Enjoy immediately.


    Load toppings onto tiny tortillas to create pretty pies that are a feast for the eyes.

  • Here’s How: Using your BAKER’S SECRET® ESSENTIALS 3-PC BISCUIT CUTTER SET, cut rounds from a tortilla, pita or flatbread to create a crust. Spread a thin layer of vanilla yogurt over the crust, then top with diced fruit.


    This quick and healthy snack can be made in minutes and will make all tummy rumbles sail away.

  • Here’s How: Halve a cucumber lengthwise and scoop seeds out with a spoon. Pipe hummus into the center of each cucumber half with a BAKER’S SECRET® ESSENTIALS PASTRY BAG. Top as desired with olives and cherry tomatoes, or let a few animal-shaped crackers take a ride in the “boat.”


    Food on a stick is always more fun! These can be enjoyed right away or frozen for a guilt-free grab-and-go treat.

  • Here’s How: Peel a banana and cut it in half. Push a Popsicle stick into the cut side of the banana. Use a BAKER’S SECRET® ESSENTIALS SMALL SPATULA to coat the banana with a layer of yogurt. Sprinkle with granola or freeze-dried fruit crumbles and serve immediately. Or freeze for a cool treat later.


    These fries are a perfect substitute for kids who crave salty noshes. You may want to make an extra-large batch, because these will disappear fast!

  • Here’s How: Heat oven to 425°F. Spray a BAKER’S SECRET® ESSENTIALS MEDIUM COOKIE SHEET with cooking spray. Cut 3 small zucchini into 3-inch sticks. In a wide shallow bowl, place 1/2 cup flour; season with salt and pepper to taste. In a separate bowl, beat 2 eggs until smooth. In a third bowl, combine 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs and 1/4 cup grated or shredded Parmesan cheese. Dredge the zucchini sticks in flour, dip into egg, then roll in crumb mixture. Place in a single layer on cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes; turn fries over. Bake 10 minutes longer or until golden brown and crispy. Serve with ranch dressing or warmed marinara sauce.


    Sweet cones are filled with a double scoop of fresh fruit and yogurt—a fun and tasty twist for snack time.

  • Here’s How: Place a generous scoop of yogurt in a waffle or sugar cone. Top with a layer of granola, followed by fresh fruit. Repeat layers until cone is filled. With these fun ideas, your kids won’t just be glad the school day is over—they’ll look forward to coming home to the coolest snacks.


    • COLOR CHALLENGE: It can be easy to fall into a fruit and veggie rut. For ideas on serving more variety, check out Eat the Rainbow—5 Colorful Ways to Raise a Healthier Eater.
    • MANAGEABLE MORNING: Be ready for busy mornings with these Back-to-School Morning Routine Tips.
    • BUILD-YOUR-OWN BITES: Kids are more likely to try new foods when they’re involved in the prep. Have them customize their afternoon snack by setting out the fillings or topping and letting them get creative.

    YOUR TURN: What are your kid’s favorite after-school snacks?