35 Healthy after school snack ideas

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by Coles

Whilst we plan our dinners for the family and make healthy lunch boxes for the kids, creating a healthy after school snack can be an afterthought, which may result in reaching for sugary treats.

Kids need to eat a healthy snack to refuel after a very long day, giving them the energy to continue through the afternoon with homework, after school activities and to tide them over until dinner.

Creating a healthy snack doesn’t need to be hard or tasteless.  Mix it up from the obvious fruit as a healthy choice, easily served sliced or whole and get a little creative, it’s an exciting way for the kids to discover new flavours.  I’ve shared some creative ideas below and also included links to the products for ease to add to your shopping cart if you do your grocery shopping online with Coles.


Tips to creating a healthy after school snack:

  • Don’t have unhealthy snacks at easy reach in the pantry
  • For the best flavour, quality and price choose product that is in season
  • Coles have 12 weekly fresh fruit and veg specials, which can help you create something a little different than your usual snack.  View this weeks specials here.
  • Children’s appetite my change each day depending on their activity levels, allow them to choose how much they want to eat
  • Create variety each day so they don’t get bored of the same foods
  • Giving kids healthy snacks will help support lifelong healthy eating habits
  • When used in moderation nut butters/spreads are filling and healthy
  • Take after school snack time as an opportunity to chat to your child about their day.  Find some conversation starter ideas here. 

Healthy after school snack ideas

Fruit Ideas

Rainbow Fruit Cups – Fill cups (I’ve used reusable plastic cups for the kids) with fruits current in season (I’ve used watermelon, nectarine, banana and grapes).  Leave plain or add a dollop of yoghurt.  I’ve added blueberries to my sons cup as they were one of Coles weekly fresh special products, his favourite which I don’t buy often, only when on sale.


Frozen grapes – wash grapes, place on a single layer on a baking tray and put in the freezer overnight. Remove from tray and store in an airtight container. Refreshing after school snack on those hot days.


Apple slices with peanut butter and sultanas – remove apple core (i use an apple corer, can be found in the kitchen utensil isle at the supermarket).  Using a sharp knife slice apple into 4 pieces.  Spread peanut butter over each slice, top 2 with sultanas and then place other apple slice on top.


Banana Sushi Rolls – Spread a layer of Nutella onto Mountain Bread, place a peeled banana at one end then roll and slice.  You could use peanut butter in place of nutella.


More fruit/veg sushi roll ideas:

  • Peanut butter and banana
  • Peanut butter, apple and sultanas
  • Peanut butter, banana and museli
  • Nutella, banana and coconut
  • Hummus, capsicum and celery
  • Peanut butter and celery
  • Cream cheese, celery and capsium

Cracker/Bread Topping Ideas

There are many different healthy ideas and choices on what to put on top of a cracker, here are just a few:

Cheese and tomato on top of a salada, very simple, but the kids love it


Mashed avocado, tomato and fetta on a vita-wheat


Nut butter topped with sultanas on a sao.


A very different taste of promite and cottage cheese, my eldest daughters favourite

Healthy After School Snack Idea - cottage cheese 1

I’m sneaking this one in as a fun treat for the kids, nutella, banana and strawberries on a cruskit


more cracker topping ideas:

  • cream cheese and tomato
  • cream cheese and tuna
  • cream cheese and strawberries
  • peanut butter and banana
  • tuna and cucumber
  • vegemite and cheese
  • cheese, tomato and avocado
  • avocado and ham
  • egg and ham
  • mashed banana
  • ricotta, grated carrot and sultanas
  • you can also find more great ideas here at taste.com.au

Baking Ideas

Scones are very easy to make, I make mine a little differently to how granny made them back in the day, no kneading necessary.  View recipe here.


For a delicious alternative add in some pumpkin, view easy lemonade pumpkin scone recipe here.

Easy-Lemonade-Pumpkin-SconesFind more baking ideas here and here.


Beetroot dip –  Very easy to make, the recipe asks for 3 ingredients (yoghurt, beetroot and lemon juice) I only used two and the kids loved it, great for toddlers too.  View recipe here.


Serve with fruit sticks, crackers or turkish bread slices


Bacon and Onion Dip, served with vegetable sticks, view recipe here.


Find more dip recipes here and here.

Pre-packaged idea

For the days I am super busy (because we mums do have those moments!) I may give the kids a piece of fruit and one of the options below:


Helping you make a healthy choice

Confused about what is healthy or not, Coles have introduced the new Health Star Rating System.  Health Stars help take the guesswork out of healthy shopping by allowing you to quickly find and compare healthier food choices. You can do this by simply glancing at the overall Health Star Rating and choosing the food with the most stars.  Read more here.


I could easily continue with more ideas, but I think this is a great start with minimal effort.  I’m certain that your kids will enjoy these healthy after school snack ideas.

What do you make your kids as a healthy after school snack?

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Kirsty February 27, 2015 - 7:50 AM

I always forget to consider after school snacks when grocery shopping, this is great thank you, and so easy but some things I just wouldn’t think of.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 27, 2015 - 11:27 AM

Hi Kristy, I think what i love most about these snacks is not only are they a healthy after school snack but also so quick and easy to whip up.:)

Naomi February 27, 2015 - 7:57 AM

ooh my kids would love the apple slices, fantastic idea. I also bake muffins and biscuits like you suggest for lunchboxes but for afternoon tea as well. So we always have something yummy in the freezer too.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 2, 2015 - 10:28 AM

It works so well having yummy snacks in the freezer ready for when they walk in the door.:) And all so delicious.:)

Sue February 27, 2015 - 10:04 AM

Our quick favourites are:
*ham, cheese and tomato flat bread toasted sandwichs
*popcorn (done in the air popper and a bit of melted butter mixed in)
*fruit salad and yoghurt (pre made Mason Jar style)

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 27, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Yum! They sound delicious, Sue.

Natalie February 27, 2015 - 10:37 AM

I saw the apple slice and toppings idea on another website. Here is the link with a few additional ways to dress up the apple, savoury and sweet… All of them look yum!


Mandy Barbie Bieber Beyond February 27, 2015 - 11:44 AM

I’m always battling during the afternoon, home from school, totally ravenous period. Thanks for the great ideas!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 27, 2015 - 1:46 PM

.:) x

Leanne - Lime & Mortar February 27, 2015 - 12:53 PM

We love peckish rice crackers here. My boy is starving after school and often just wants dinner so we have early dinners hehe

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 27, 2015 - 1:44 PM

Ooh yes they are a favourite of mine too.:) ~ Kate

Karen February 27, 2015 - 8:48 PM

I spread vegemite and sprinkle some cheese over mountain bread and bake in the oven. Once crispy, break into chip size pieces. They are like a healthier version of chips, and will keep for a little while in a airtight container. Very moorish for adults and kids.

Julie March 1, 2015 - 9:37 AM

These look great. Love the sultana sandwich.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 2, 2015 - 8:56 AM

Aren’t they fantastic, Julie!.:) And the kids love them.:)

Dana March 5, 2015 - 12:56 PM

Frozen grapes! What a cool idea (i hear they are good at keeping wine cool too!) 😉

Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 6, 2015 - 8:39 AM

LOL they could well do, Dana.:) They are a super yummy snack and so perfect for those really hot days. x

Jo Kemp March 13, 2015 - 1:34 PM

they all look fantastic, but there’s a huge lack of protein in there. I am always conscious of getting my three kids to eat protein when they get home so that they aren’t snacking on carbs that just don’t fill them up. They eat plenty of fruit at school but not alot of protein. So my kids favourites are chilli con carne with tortilla chips, chicken and cheese quesadillas, quiche and anything yummy I bake.

Kaycee December 29, 2015 - 2:33 PM

I do big batches of Nuts & Bolts for after school / doing homework snacks…yummy and easy 🙂

Renee January 4, 2016 - 7:17 AM

What is nuts and bolts?

Kaycee May 10, 2016 - 2:52 PM Reply
Robyn February 2, 2016 - 6:50 AM

I’d be careful using the health star rating to help you make good food choices. Plain Greek yoghurt got only 1 star while strawberry licorice got 2.5. Some breakfast cereals got 4.5 stars because of added nutrients even though they are 25% sugar, while plain weetbix (99% wheat, no sugar) gets 3.
Some great snack ideas here though

Anne February 3, 2016 - 11:54 PM

while there are many flaws in the Health Start rating, Weetbix actually get a 5!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 4, 2016 - 5:53 AM

that’s very interesting Roby, I can’t believe that licorice has a better rating than greek yoghurt, will certainly look into it.

Nicki January 24, 2018 - 4:04 PM

My kids enjoy homemade hummus with toasted Turkish bread, celery and carrot sticks

Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 29, 2018 - 10:31 AM

That’s great Nicki. So good for them also


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