We love giving you ideas for ways to keep your kids busy during the summer, but we know that they also need feeding every now and again. And there are only so many popsicles you can feed them in one week (seriously).
So, we've pulled together a comprehensive list of summer snacks that are fun, and don't overload on the sugar. You're going to want to save some of these for yourself!
Getting more veggies into your little ones is a constant challenge. So these surprisingly yummy carrot pancakes will give you a helping hand.
Baked cinnamon apple chips
For those who love more crunch, these apple chips from Running on Real Food are a great alternative to salty potato chips.
For more savory moods and less summery days, this pizza toast from The Baker Mama will be a firm favorite in your household in no time at all.
Monster cookie energy balls
If your kids have been running around all day then you need to give them a snack that they'll love, but that also replenishes their energy. Try these no-bake oatmeal energy balls from Princess Pinky Girl on your worn-out little ones.
Frozen yoghurt granola bites
Healthy and quick snacks are the best snacks when you're running between holiday camps and activities. You should definitely try out our frozen yoghurt granola bites for refreshing munch!
Cheesy carrot crackers
Back to the savory, these cheesy carrot crackers from Super Healthy Kids only require 4 ingredients and are super easy to make.
Strawberry salsa & baked cinnamon chips
If you want to make more of a meal of your snack, then Feel Great in 8's strawberry salsa comes complete with baked cinnamon chips to dip.
Rainbow fruit cups
Simple is often hard to beat, and sometimes the best way of getting more fruit into your children is to give them a cup of fruit! These rainbow cups from My Frugal Adventures will delight the eyes as well as the tastebuds!
These popsicles are suitable for even the smallest summer adventurers. Baby Foodie has made them with greek yoghurt, honey and sprinkles, and they're the perfect way to cool down your little ones.
Easy frozen yoghurt bites
Not a fan of granola? Then perhaps you and your kids will prefer the yoghurt bites from Eating on a Dime. Easy to make and great for hot summer afternoons.
Everyone I've ever met loves popcorn, but the usual butter, sugar, or salt toppings can get a little boring after a while. We have a whole list of alternative toppings here for your next movie night.
No summer is complete without watermelon! These watermelon slushies from Baby Foodie are great refreshing snacks for holidays and they're refined sugar-free.
If watermelon slush just seems too easy, you might want to treat your lovely children to these cute and friendly ladybirds! Eats Amazing has all the easy-to-follow steps.
Honey sesame roasted chickpeas
Combining cooking with your kids with the creation of a tasty snack kills two birds with one stone! Hello Wonderful's honey sesame roasted chickpeas are perfect for family sessions in the kitchen.
Fruit pizza crackers
Basically, I'm finding that everything flat can be made into a pizza of some sort! These fruit pizza crackers from Homemade Ginger are definitely worth a try to fill up your little ones.
Pineapple ice pops
If you and your family love pineapple, then this super refreshing treat will go down a storm! Eats Amazing have some simple instructions and some great ways to customize your popsicles.
Chocolate dipped bananas
One Smith Day have another great popsicle idea that the kids can help with. Grab some bananas and head to the kitchen to make this delicious snack.
Blueberry lemon muffins
I know that these are called toddler muffins on Baby Foodie's site, but you'll be hard pushed to keep your older children away from them. They're yummy enough to be a treat and healthy enough to be breakfast!
Healthy apple donuts
Sure, donuts are great, but sometimes you want to give the kids a little less sugar. These healthy apple donuts from Laura Fuentes are the perfect compromise.
Frozen yoghurt raspberries
I love raspberries, and so do my kids. They just scream summer vibes, and filling them with frozen yoghurt like Super Healthy Kids has done, is a fun way of keeping cool!
Following your pre-schooler around with a napkin while the drool all over a popsicle is probably the least fun part of summer. Thankfully, these easy rainbow popsicles from One Little Project hardly drip, so you're home free!
Zoo trail mix
Summers are full of day trips, and what better way to be the coolest mom on the block than to match your snack to your destination? If you're heading to the zoo Kreative in Life shows you how to make your own zoo trail mix.
Fruit salad to go
If you're taking a coolbox with you on your trip then these fruit salad to go bag can keep the kids refreshed and occupied. Great for road trips or beach visits, head to Ellie's Bites to find out how to put them together.
Sure, bananas are great, but these bananas are pretty high in the cute stakes! Make your own little penguins with Reading Confetti.
Grilled cheese roll-ups
We're all about cheese in our house at the moment, so we love these grilled cheese roll-ups for a quick and easy snack. Spend with Pennies has the recipe.
Easy banana ice cream
Simple, fun, healthy and delicious, these banana popsicles from My Life and Kids are a great option to whip out of the freezer after a run around the garden.
Strawberry almond energy balls
Full of healthy nutrients, with only 6 ingredients, these energy balls from Cozy Peach Kitchen will delight both you and your kids.
S'more banana boats
Upgrade your s'mores with this banana boat recipe from Crafty Morning. Gooey and delicious, with added fruit!
Chocolate peanut butter banana ritz crackers
And the award for the longest snack title in the world goes to... these delicious guys! These cracker bites from Home Made Interest probably take longer to say than they do to make!
Coconut water fruit pops
Inspired by The Jungle Book, these Bare Necessities Fresh Fruit Pops from The Nerd's Wife are so simple. The coconut water makes them even more refreshing.
Mini cheese balls
I love a multi-tasking recipe, and these cheese balls are good enough to serve as an appetizer while also being acceptable for your fussiest child. Roxy's Kitchen gives you the lowdown.
Sandwich on a stick
Ok, so these were designed as lunches, rather than snacks. But having a couple of these sandwiches on sticks from Bless This Mess ready to go in the fridge means you're prepared for when your kids are too hungry to wait for the next meal.
Strawberry banana smoothie
Finally, ridiculously simple to make, and packed full of nutritious fruit and protein to fill them up, these smoothies from Fit Foodie Finds are great for big and little kids alike.
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