Recipes on August 27, 2014 by

Healthy Homemade Snacks: 3 Easy Recipes that Kids Can Make!

Who needs pre-packaged snacks when there are healthy homemade snack recipes like these that even your kids can make? All three are no-bake and packed with both flavor and good-for-you ingredients! Enjoy them in the morning, in lunch boxes, for an afternoon snack, or even as an evening movie treat.

All of these healthy homemade snack recipes are dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan!

Blue-Cashew Fresh Trail Mix Yogurt Parfait 2

Fresh Blueberry Trail Mix Yogurt Parfaits

Sure, dried fruit keeps better when trekking in the wilderness, but at home, why not spring for the extra nutritional benefits of fresh?!

Makes: 2 parfaits | Prep Time: 5 minutes



  1. Divide half of the yogurt between two small bowls or parfait-style cups.
  2. Top the yogurt with half of the blueberries, sprinkle with half of the chia seeds and half of the cashew pieces.
  3. Repeat the layers with the second half of each ingredient.

* For richer varieties (like CoYo), I use just ½ cup total. If I’m in the mood for a sweeter yogurt, I simply stir a few drops of vanilla stevia or a drizzle of honey (agave for vegan) into the yogurt before layering.

Joyful Almond Energy Bites

Joyful Almond Energy Bites

This magical blend is full of healthy fats and just enough protein, fiber, and sugar to keep active kids and adults fueled.

Makes: 16 bites | Prep Time: 10 minutes (+ 15 minutes to chill)



  1. In a small bowl, stir together the almond butter, honey, and coconut flour. Stir in thecoconut, and chocolate chips until thoroughly combined. It will be relatively stiff.
  2. Roll dough into small balls. If too sticky, add just a smidgen more coconut flour.
  3. Place almond flour or crushed almonds in a small bowl, and roll balls in it, pressing almonds in to adhere as needed.
  4. Freeze the bites for 15 to 20 minutes. Store them in a resealable plastic bag or airtight container in the refrigerator, and eat when hungry!

Cheesy Chia Popcorn 3

Cheesy Chia Popcorn

When we’re craving savory, I make popcorn. Sometimes plain old coconut oil and salt does the trick, but often I like to get creative with nutritious, flavorful toppings like this one.

If you have kids who aren’t old enough to use a spice grinder, they can help measure out ingredients for larger batches, which you can then grind and store (refrigerated) for them to sprinkle on popcorn, rice, or veggies whenever desired.

Makes: 3 to 4 batches of seasoning (3 tablespoons) | Prep Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Melted coconut oil (I use about 3 tablespoons per mounding 1/3 cup of unpopped kernels)


  1. Place the yeast, seeds, salt, onion, paprika, and garlic in a spice grinder, and whiz for 30 seconds, or until finely ground.
  2. Pop popcorn and drizzle with oil, stirring to coat. Sprinkle with desired amount of the nutritional yeast-chia seed topping, and toss to coat.

alisaAlisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa has three new books in the works, and is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry. Her dietary specialty is dairy-free, but she also has expertise in gluten-free and allergy-friendly.


Kim Lutz says:

Thanks for the great ideas, Alisa!

These recipes are all snacks I’d be happy to give our daughters. They all look delicious, Alisa! Thanks for this post, have a feeling we’ll be making those almond energy bites soon. 🙂

Alisa says:

Thanks Dreena! I hope you and your girls do get a chance to sample them!

These all sound so yummy, for adults too!

Alisa says:

Indeed, the “big kids” in our house (aka my husband and I!) enjoyed them all 🙂

Alta says:

These look delicious for all ages!

Ricki says:

I’ve been having popcorn regularly over the summer–this version looks fantastic! Can’t wait to give it a try. And those bites sound yummy, too. 🙂

Maggie says:

These are awesome! I’m all for snacks that kiddies can make, especially now that they’re coming home from school starving 🙂

Kristina says:

these are great – some will be going on our road trip with us soon!

Alisa says:

I hope you enjoy them Kristina!

Hallie says:

Love all 3 of these! Can’t wait to try them.

Cara says:

Thanks for the great ideas – I am always looking for new things to try with my toddler!

Mehul Teli says:

Great innovative thinking Alisa. Im gonna try it this weekend. There’s another amazing recipe which kids will love – Apple Snack, dipped in Orange and lemon mix. Worth a try.

Vicki Trowbridge says:

I was wondering what I could use instead of coconut oil on the popcorn. I can not have coconut.
Thanks, Vicki

You can use any oil instead.

Yes, your favorite oil will do – we just like the richness of coconut oil on popcorn.

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