Picky Eaters: 18 Homemade Snack Recipes For School & Home They Will Eat!

Finding snacks that picky eaters will actually eat can be a challenge.  That is why we came up with this list of homemade snack recipes that are popular with kids…even the picky eater ones!

Snack time at school is a big deal for most parents, particularly if you have picky eaters (like my daughter!).

Most days lunch will come home ‘as made’ with a little nibble bite here or there!

It wears me out to be honest.

Homemade Snacks for Picky Eaters from Kids Activities Blog
Snack time doesn’t have to be a battle!

She lived on ‘fresh air sandwiches’ for the past year- no filling!!

I’m always on the search for creative ways to get my daughter to eat, or at the very least show an interest in eating, and this school year I am on a mission to succeed!!

Apologies for all the exclamation marks – you might be able to sense my anxiety rise as I type.

Snack Ideas for Picky Eaters

Check out these 18 classic kid favorite recipes I have gathered that are easy to pack, send to school, and of course tempt your picky eaters.

energy balls as a snack for picky eaters - shown are breakfast balls in a bowl with grapes on child lap
Energy balls are yummy and can be customized to taste of a picky eater.

Homemade Energy Balls

Homemade energy balls are easy to make and they are the perfect go-to snack, on-the-go breakfast, or dessert!  There are two energy ball recipes we really like and think your picky eater will like too:

  • Breakfast balls – these breakfast energy balls make the best breakfast on the go, but they also make great snacks! 
  • No bake chocolate energy balls – these no-bake energy balls are sweet and simple!
Homemade trail mix is great for picky eaters - Kids Activities Blog
Making your own trail mix can help picky eaters choose what they WANT and WILL eat.

Homemade Trail Mix

Invite your kids to pick their favorite snacks and help you make your own homemade trail mix. The theory being that they will love taking it to school when they have helped you pick just what they want!  This theory actually works!

Muffins are great snack ideas for picky eaters - Kids activities blog
Muffins are just plain good snacks.

Muffins, Muffins and More Muffins

Muffins are the ultimate food for kids.  Slightly sweet and full of good stuff.  Choose the taste that your picky eater prefers…we have a few to choose from:

simple as that blog kabob sandwich idea shown in lunch box
Create a kabob that satisfies your picky eater!

Sandwich Kebabs

I love this slight variation on the plain old sandwich – it’s a DIY sandwich kabob from Simple as That Blog. What makes this so genius is that you can start with the ingredients you know your child already likes.

homemade granola bars from I heart naptime
Let’s make homemade granola bars!

Homemade Granola Bars

I would feel happy and confident sending these homemade granola bars to school for snack time from I Heart Naptime. You could even substitute the fruit for mini chocolate chips and marshmallows for treat days.

homemade apple chips make great picky eater snacks - apple chips shown with apples
Let’s make homemade apple chips!

Oven Dried Apple Chips

Let’s make the easiest snack…ever! Homemade apple chips are something you can have on hand. ‘Most’ kids love to eat fruit and love chips even more!

My little miss will eat ‘any’ fruit as long as it’s a banana! so here’s hoping these chips will get her interested in apples.

Homemade Fruit Leather

This homemade fruit leather is so easy to make with great ingredients so your kids are eating exactly what you want them to eat. Here are some of our favorite easy fruit leather recipes:

Homemade kale chips snack ideas from Oh She Glows
Kale chips done right are actually quite tasty!

Kale Chips

Kale is one of the healthiest greens you can eat, and they get so deliciously crispy. I know this sounds crazy to include kale chips from Oh She Glows in this picky eater list, but try it before you giggle!

animal crackers from how sweet eats
Oh yum! Homemade animal crackers…genius!

Homemade Animal Cookies

Little cute oatie bites perfect with a sweet dip are these sweet homemade animal crackers from How Sweet Eats. This is such a yummy idea that I can’t wait to try at my house.

Homemade Cheese crackers from Love and Olive Oil
Oh, picky eaters will love the homemade version of goldfish!

Homemade Cheese Crackers

With only six easy ingredients you can have flaky delicious homemade cheese crackers in under an hour with this recipe from Love & Olive Oil.

homemade root vegetable chips from Kids Activities Blog
If your child likes potato chips, try these root veggie chips!

Homemade Potato Chips

Customize flavors of homemade chips and make them exactly how you’d like them, from super basic to super fancy. They look so so so good! Make these yummy homemade vegetable chips from the veggies you have on hand.

Homemade Popcorn Snacks

A traditional snack that can be flavored in a million ways is popcorn! Here are some of our favorite ways to make popcorn:

pantry popcorn mix from The Baker Mama
Now let’s use our popcorn for a homemade trail mix snack!

Popcorn Trail Mix

Instead of the traditional popcorn and butter, try this Popcorn Trail Mix for your school snacking needs from The Baker Mama.

crockpot chex mix recipe from Skip to My Lou
Let’s make a chex mix snack!

Crock Pot Chex Mix

Another tasty snack that is so simple to throw together! I love this crockpot Chex mix you can make in your crock pot from Skip to My Lou.

how to make pizza rolls for kids from Kids Activities Blog - pizza roll being dropped into a small glass container of sauce
Everyone loves pizza!

Pizza Buns

I love that these pizza buns can be made ahead and frozen, which makes for a quick lunch snack for the kids any day. Here are some of my favorite recipes for pizza at home:

breakfast cookies in a bowl
Let’s eat cookies for breakfast…or a snack!

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of the few times you will read cookies and health in the same sentence! These are my family’s favorite recipe for homemade breakfast cookies which make a really lovely snack.

More Picky Eater Information from Kids Activities Blog

What Do I Do About A Picky Eater?
18 Kid-Friendly Snack Hacks
Choosing a Healthy Plate: A Nutrition Activity for Preschoolers
Dinner Table Challenges with Toddlers
Three E’s For Optimal Child Nutrition “ Educate, Expose & Empower

What is your favorite picky eater snack idea from this list? What other homemade snacks for picky eaters do you recommend?

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