Easy No-Bake Snacks to Make Your Kids This Summer

For many kids, summer is a time to run, play, swim, and partake in camps. All of that activity means your little ones will need snacks to keep them fueled throughout the day. Processed store-bought foods lack the nutrients your kids need, but the last thing you want to do on a hot summer day is turn on your oven and bake hot homemade snacks. The solution: Prepare no-bake recipes for your little ones. From carrot balls to chocolate banana grahams, your kids will love how each of these six recipes taste, and you’ll love that they’re simple to make, portable, and no baking is required. Summer snacking has never been easier!

1. No-Bake Carrot Balls

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find too many kids who love chowing down on carrots, but Kids Activities Blog has a recipe that even the pickiest of eaters won’t be able to resist. Consisting of shredded carrots, the nuts of your choosing, figs, honey, shredded coconut, and spices, these no-bake carrot balls are both nutritious and delicious.

Set aside ½ cup of shredded coconut, and put the remaining ingredients in a food processor. When the mixture is nice and thick, form into snack-size balls, and then roll them in the reserved shredded coconut. Refrigerate for at least a few hours, and let your kids snack away!

Ingredients:

  • 3 to 4 shredded carrots
  • ¾ cup of your favorite nuts
  • 7 dried figs
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Spices, like cinnamon and cocoa

Directions: Put ½ cup of shredded coconut aside. Put all ingredients into the food processor for about 2 minutes. The mixture should be thick enough to form into balls. Roll the carrot balls in the reserved shredded coconuts. Refrigerate overnight, or at least for a few hours, before eating.

2. Trail Mix

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Kids Cooking Activities’ trail mix is a no-bake, no-fail snack your kids can easily help you make. Peanuts, other assorted nuts, dried fruit, and a few small chocolate candies combine to create a healthy treat that will fuel your children through their summer activities. Feel free to toss in additional ingredients and personalize this recipe to meet your kids’ tastes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup dried fruit
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips (or small chocolate candies)

Directions: Measure ingredients into a bowl or cup. Stir to blend and serve in mini cups.

3. Snack Bars

dates can be used to make no-bake snacks

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Bless This Mess’ snack bars, which are featured on Super Healthy Kids, taste similar to a peanut butter cup but are far much nutritious. The recipe calls for dates, cashews, nut butter, shredded coconut, cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt; toss the ingredients in a food processor and process until everything becomes smooth and clumps together. Press the mixture into a dish, and cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Slice your bars, and enjoy them cold or frozen.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • ¾ cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup nut butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt

Directions: Toss everything into a food processor and process until the mixture starts to go smooth and clump into a ball. Turn the mixture out into an 8 or 9 inch square dish lined with parchment paper.

Use your hands to firmly press the mixture into the bottom of the dish. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove the bars from the pan and cut into pieces using a sharp knife. Enjoy these bars cold or frozen. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer.

4. Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate oatmeal energy balls

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You only need four ingredients to make Kids Activities’ peanut butter balls. Honey and peanut butter add sweet and nutty flavors to healthy oats and calcium-packed milk, creating a wholesome treat no child will be able to resist. Happy snacking!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats

Directions: Mix all ingredients together, and then roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Lay the balls on waxed paper; refrigerate until set.

5. Chocolate-Banana Grahams

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Satisfy your child’s sweet tooth with Eating Well’s chocolate-banana grahams. Chocolate hazelnut spread is slathered on a graham cracker, and topped with banana slices and shredded coconut for a simple, scrumptious snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 square graham cracker, broken into 2 rectangles
  • ½ teaspoon Nutella or other chocolate-hazelnut spread, divided
  • 2 slices banana, about 2 inches long
  • ½ teaspoon sweetened shredded coconut, toasted if desired, divided

Directions: Spread each graham cracker piece with ¼ teaspoon Nutella and top with a slice of banana and a sprinkling of coconut.

6. Loaded Caramel Dipped Pretzel Rods

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Sally’s Baking Addiction’s recipe may not be the healthiest, but it’s a special treat your kids will look forward to snacking on this summer. They’ll also have fun helping you make this sweet-and-salty snack; once the pretzels have been covered in caramel, let your little ones dip them in the toppings of their choosing. Make sure to supervise though, or you may end up with a major mess on your hands! For really hot days, store your pretzels in the fridge for a chilled snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14-ounce) package caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream or half-and-half
  • 18 large pretzel rods
  • 1½ cups assorted toppings

Directions: Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside. In a medium saucepan, heat and stir caramels and whipping cream over medium-low heat just until caramels are melted. Remove from heat and allow the caramel to cool and thicken up for about 6 to 7 minutes. While cooling, set your toppings out and get them ready to go.

Once caramel is relatively cool, hold each pretzel rod by one end and dip the pretzel into the caramel, swirling it around to get it coated well. Shake of any excess caramel. Immediately sprinkle toppings onto pretzel, twirling the pretzel to get all sides covered.

Place pretzels onto prepared baking sheet to allow the caramel to set, about 15 minutes.

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