Snacks on sticks: 3 Easy after-school snack ideas

Gina Matsoukas

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Kids ravenous after school? Here are three fun snack ideas to keep them happy.

Chocolate dipped banana pops

Chocolate-dipped banana pops

These frozen banana pops are the perfect sweet treat. Freezing the bananas and then dipping them in chocolate creates a fun magic shell you can top with sprinkles for something special.

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas, cut in half
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Sprinkles (*optional)
  • Wooden skewers or Popsicle sticks

Directions:

  1. Place a skewer or Popsicle stick into each banana half. Lay the bananas on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour.
  2. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil and stir together.
  3. Dip the banana pops into the chocolate and top immediately with sprinkles if using.
  4. Lay the bananas back on the baking sheet until the chocolate hardens. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated/frozen until serving.

Apple and ham skewers

Apple and ham skewers

A tart Granny Smith apple and some cooked (or deli sliced) ham make a great healthy and protein packed snack.

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cubed
  • 1/4 pound deli ham slices or cooked ham, cubed
  • Wooden skewers

Directions:

  1. Thread the apple and ham onto the skewers and serve.

Salami and cheese pretzel sticks

Salami and cheese pretzel sticks

Pretzel sticks make a fun edible skewer for some salami and cheese snacks.

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

  • 8 pretzel sticks
  • 8 cubes cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices salami

Directions:

  1. Cut the salami slices in half, thread half onto a pretzel stick followed by the cubed cheddar and then top with the other half of salami.

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Gina Matsoukas
Gina is the author of the food blog, Running to the Kitchen where she shares healthy, whole food recipes in a fun, approachable way. She works full time as a consultant in higher education. When not in the kitchen, she enjoys CrossFit, running and anything outdoors with her husband and weimaraner, Ginger.