10 Healthy Snacks with Fruit – In a snack rut? Skip the goldfish and go for one of these kid-approved healthy snacks made with fruit! (Gluten free, vegan & paleo options!)
Pretzels, crackers, granola bars.
Pretzels……crackers……you get it.
Getting into a snack rut is a real thing and if I’m not mindful about it, it’s easy for us to get caught in a pretzels + crackers rut that leaves everyone bored (and hungry again half an hour later).
I mentioned this in my last monthly favorites post, but we’ve been trying to think of snacks as mini meals lately and that’s helped us have more variety. Today, I wanted to share 10 of our favorite FUN, healthy snacks with fruit. They’re colorful, fresh, fun, and DELICIOUS!
A few beginner tips to keep in mind:
- Nutrition is cumulative, so we get our nutrient needs met over days and weeks. Every single meal and snack doesn’t need to be perfectly balanced to be part of a healthy lifestyle. We shoot for a mix of protein, fat, and carbs at each meal, but not *every* single meal is nutritionally perfect. I’m 100% okay with this. (You do you!)
- Kids’ serving sizes are smaller than adult serving sizes. (The USDA suggests the following servings sizes for fruit for kids each day: ages 2-3 = 1 cup, ages 4-8 = 1-1.5 cups, ages 9-13 = 1.5 cups). These fruity snacks make it easy to squeeze in a serving or two!
- Don’t force your kids to eat. Kids are naturally intuitive eaters. That is, they’re naturally in tune with their body’s hunger cues and can tell when they’re hungry or full. You can absolutely remind them “it’s snack time, now. We won’t be eating again until dinner,” but don’t force a child to eat or finish their plate. (It will mess with their natural hunger cues.)
- Feel free to invite them into the kitchen with you! Even picky eaters are more likely to try new foods if they’ve had some role in the meals or snacks. Let them choose a snack from this list, pick a new fruit or veggie from the grocery store, or help you drizzle, sprinkle and mix. (Need more ideas? Try these 20+ easy recipes to cook with kids.)
Now, here are our 10 healthy snacks with fruit:
1. APPLE NACHOS
I’m convinced that parenting is like 90% marketing, so thinking of fun names makes anything more fun. And, let me tell you, calling this snack “Apple Nachos” makes it a WHOLE lot more appealing to my kids than asking “who’d like some apple slices?” Apple nachos are sliced apples drizzled with nut butter, and any fun garnishes you like. Here are some things we love putting on our apple nachos:
- Natural peanut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter (warm it up to help it drizzle better)*
- Chocolate shell (2 Tbsp allergy friendly chocolate chips + 1/2 tsp coconut oil, melted together)
- or You can use a flavored nut butter like these (naturally sweetened)
- Allergy friendly mini chocolate chips
- Chopped nuts (like peanuts or pistachios)
- Dye-Free Sprinkles
*You can easily make this a nut-free treat by swapping a nut-free butter (like Sunbutter), and sticking with homemade or nut-free granola.
2. RAINBOW FRUIT SALAD
One of the best parts of fruit filled snacks is eating the rainbow and this salad takes it to the next level! This rainbow fruit salad is a perfect way to have your kids take the lead. Let them help you choose fruits that match each color of the rainbow. Then, you can decide whether to mix everything together with the dressing, or whether to lay each color out in rainbow order first. One thing’s for sure: this’ll be the most colorful dish you eat all week!
GET THE RECIPE HERE.
3. WATERMELON PIZZA
Aren’t these cute!? I first had them at a friend’s house who was having a birthday party but due to some medical issues could’t have most treats. It’s an adorable option! Here’s how you make a watermelon “pizza”:
- Slice your watermelon into rounds, then cut into wedges (so they’re pizza slice shaped)
- Spread with coconut whipped cream or your favorite vanilla yogurt. (We like SoDelicious dairy free yogurt or CoYo Vanilla Bean yogurt)
- Add fresh berries (blueberries and strawberries are nice!))
- Finish with a little fresh mint and lime zest if you’re feeling fancy.
That’s it! Such an easy way to be a fun mom.
4. HEALTHY HOMEMADE POPSICLES
Hands down, one of my favorite healthy snacks with fruit = popsicles! Healthy homemade popsicles skip the dye and sugar and are almost entirely made from fresh fruit. All you need is a blender and a popsicle mold to get started. They’re creamy, dreamy, and DELICIOUS. Some of our faves:
- Dole Whip Popsicles
- Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles
- Healthy Raspberry Sorbet Popsicles
- Lava Flow Popsicles
- Healthy Fudgecicles (Chocolate Popsicles) – These have fruit, too!
GET ALL OUR FAVORITE POPSICLE RECIPES HERE.
5. HEALTHY BANANA SPLITS
Now, THIS fruity snack is a treat that feels extra fancy and fun. We build our healthy banana splits with a few simple ingredients, but you can get as creative with toppings as you like. Depending on what you top them with, you can even serve these for breakfast!
- Start by slicing a banana lengthwise.
- Add a large dollop of vanilla yogurt. (We like CoYo Vanilla Bean yogurt or SoDelicious Dairy Free for vegan options)
- Sprinkle with granola and/or chopped nuts
- Add a little fun with some chocolate shell (2 Tbsp allergy friendly chocolate chips + 1/2 tsp coconut oil)
- Garnish with allergy friendly mini chocolate chips or some sprinkles (these are dye free!)
6. FLAVORED NUT BUTTERS (or seed butters!)
This recipe *technically* doesn’t have any fruit on its own, but it’s MADE for pairing with fruit! If your kids get tired of plain peanut butter or almond butter, you can try mixing things up with new flavors to keep things interesting.
We love cinnamon, chocolate, and vanilla, but there are lots of ways you can spice things up! Use your flavored nut butters to drizzle over apple nachos (see above), use as a fruit dip for apples or pear slices, or spread over toast or rice cakes and top with banana slices for a hearty, filling snack. (Leftovers can be used for sandwiches, to top oatmeal, etc.)
GET OUR FAVORITE EASY RECIPES FOR FLAVORED NUT BUTTERS HERE
7. HEALTHY CHOCOLATE DIPPED BANANAS
This healthy fruit-filled snack is one of our favorite Disneyland treats made gluten and dairy free! We make a batch of our healthy chocolate shell and dip frozen bananas into it. The REALLY fun part is deciding what fun toppings to add!
Get the CHOCOLATE DIPPED BANANA RECIPE + OUR FAVORITE TOPPINGS HERE.
8. COCONUT LIME ENERGY BITES
I love introducing my kids to new fruits and veggies and these tasty energy bites are a great way to introduce your kids to dates. Another big bonus: these lovelies are nut free! They taste like a fresh piece of lime pie and pack well for pools, parks, picnics, and school lunches. So good!
9. ACAI BOWLS
Is there anything more refreshing than an Acai bowl!? We LOVE these tasty smoothie bowls. My kids’ favorite part? Adding the toppings! I usually cut up a few kinds of fresh fruit and we pull out some granola, nuts, or paleo granola to sprinkle on top. They’re colorful, fresh, and loaded with goodness! The perfect fruity snack.
GET THE ACAI BOWL RECIPE HERE.
(PS – Not an acai fan? You might like one of these 5 fresh smoothie bowls!)
10. TRAIL MIX
Trail mix is one of my favorite snacks with fruit. It’s SO easy to prep ahead! I love letting each child put together their own trail mix. You can mix up a single serving or make a bigger batch to last a week (my preference). Then, you can just pop it in some reusable bags and it’s super easy to toss into your pool bag or purse. My kids (and I!) think it’s really fun to get to mix and match options with dried fruit, freeze-dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and fun extra goodies.
Now, it’s your turn!
What are your favorite fruit-filled snacks?
Shout them out below!
PS – Need more snack ideas? You might like:
- 15 Healthy Snacks You Can Make Right Now
- Homemade Granola Bars (Gluten Free, Vegan)
- No Bake Cookie Energy Bites