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DIY cures for the 3:30 snack attack

After school snacks are crucial for averting hunger meltdowns and keeping kids tied over till dinner. No time to whip up a batch of home made cookies for home-time everyday? No prob. Set your kids up with the know-how to take care of their own after school munchies and no school day will end without a proper snickity snack. These easy-to-put-together recipes are wholesome, easy to make and ridiculously fun to eat. No ovens or cutting boards necessary.

Apple Nachos

This is a fibre-rich finger food for all the sweet lovers out there. It’s as fun to assemble as it is to mow down.

You’ll need:

  • Sliced apples
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. peanut butter or almond butter
  • Handful of chopped nuts and chocolate chips
  • Arrange the apple slices on a plate. Heat the peanut butter in the microwave slightly so its pourable. Drizzle over the slices, and sprinkle with chopped nuts and chocolate chips.

Triscuit Quesadillas 

Spicy Bean "Quesadillas" recipe

Want to kick the regular cheese-and-cracker combo up a notch? These little morsels deliver maximum Mexican flavour, along with mucho protein, in bite sized portions.

You’ll need:

  • 2 oz. shredded cheese
  • 12 Triscuits (or any other cracker you prefer)
  • 2 tbsp. refried beans
  • 2 tbsp. salsa

1. Place crackers on a microwavable plate. Cut cheese into slices.

2. Top each cracker with one cheese slice, then top all with beans and salsa.

3. Cover with remaining crackers. Microwave 10 – 15 seconds till cheese is melted.

Easy Caramel-y Corn 

This no-bake caramel corn is a little gooier than it’s crispy crunchy cooked counterpart, but still has that awesome fall fair flavour. The secret ingredient, almond butter, adds some nutty flavour and a kick of healthy fat.

You’ll need:

  • 8 – 10 cups popcorn
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup crushed almonds or nuts of your choice

1. Put the popcorn in a big bowl.

2. Microwave honey and peanut butter until just pour-able and drizzle evenly over popcorn. Shake the bowl to make sure it gets evenly coated.

3. Toss peanuts over the mixture. Let cool 5 minutes, or longer for a harder topping.

Fruit Bruschetta

This kid-style canape makes a hearty snack for fruit lovers. Freestyle with a variety of fruit combos!

You’ll need:

  • Slice of baguette
  • Cream cheese
  • Berries or fruit slices
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon

Spread toast or rice cake with cream cheese, top with berries and drizzle with honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Parmesan Pizza Dip

Four ingredients. five minutes. Awesome take-out pizza taste kids can dip a breadstick in.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp. chopped peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped pepperoni (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds, stir, then stick back in until heated through. Stir. Serve with breaksticks, crackers, or veggies.

Fro-Yo Covered Blueberries

Here’s a super fun idea for ice cream lovers. Dip blueberries into vanilla yogurt, set on a baking sheet and stick in the freezer. After an hour, kids will have a batch of fresh fro-yo covered blueberries! Keep them stashed in the freezer for an on-the-fly treat (or grab and go breakfast). Easier than unwrapping a popsicle, healthier than a sundae.

PB Banana S’mores

The classic peanut butter and banana sandwich gets a sweet spin in this s’mores / sandwich fusion. Spread a graham cracker with peanut butter and top with banana slices and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Stick a graham cracker on top to make a sandwich. Tastes like summer.

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