Thirty Summer Snack Ideas

Make snacktime exciting this summer!

by Vickie Myers |  Photography by
Elisabeth Nixon Photography
originally published May 8, 2012

 

30 Summer Snack Ideas!

30 Summer Snack Ideas!

 

Is snack time stressful for you? Have you run out of ideas for fun, yummy snacks or light lunches? When my kids need something to nibble, I often struggle to come up with ways to make it more enjoyable for them, so it’s not the same-old, same-old every day. To prepare for their summer vacation, we brainstormed summer snack ideas. We hope this list can help make snack-time easier for you. Many of these ideas can be adjusted to fit your family’s needs.

Happy Summer Snacking!
~Vickie

 

1. Watermelon
2.  Fruit with dip
3.  Fruit kabobs
4.  Frozen grapes
5.  Frozen pineapple tidbits
6.  Mini blueberry or banana muffins
7.  Yogurt parfait with fruit
8.  Veggie kabobs with cheese

9.  Fruit Popsicles

Peach Popsicles
1 15-oz. can of peaches in 100% juice
4 Tbsp. vanilla pudding powder
Put in blender and puree. Pour into small cups and place a lollipop stick or popsicle stick into the mixture. Freeze until solid.
Strawberry Popsicles
2 cups of ripe strawberries
½ cup white grape juice
4 Tbsp. vanilla pudding mix
Put in blender and puree. Pour into small cups and place a lollipop stick or popsicle stick into the mixture. Freeze until solid.

10.  Mini brownie trifle — brownie bites layered with pudding and whipped topping
11.  Snack cheesecake – graham crackers spread with cream cheese and your favorite jam
12.  Frozen chocolate banana – half a banana on a popsicle stick, dipped into melted chocolate, then frozen
13.  Hummus and veggies on pita chips

14. Apple slices with peanut butter dip

pb dip and apples

pb dip and apples


Peanut butter dip

1 cup peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
¼ cup brown sugar
2 oz. cream cheese
4 Tbsp. sour cream
Mix the sugar and cream cheese together. Add peanut butter and mix well. Add the sour cream and stir until well-blended and smooth.

taco popcorn

taco popcorn

icecream sandwich

ice cream sandwich


15.  Ice-cream sandwiches with homemade cookies

Two of your favorite cookies with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream in-between

16.  Taco popcorn popcorn

sprinkled with taco seasoning

17. Peanut butter, strawberry and banana quesadillas

pbj quesadilla

pbj quesadilla

2 tortillas
Peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
Banana
Strawberry jam
Spread 1 tortilla with peanut butter. Cut banana into slices and arrange on the peanut butter. Spread a very thin layer of jam onto the other tortilla. Put the tortillas together and toast in a skillet until both sides are golden brown. For variety, you can also use cream cheese instead of peanut butter.

18. Homemade granola bars
(submitted by Jennifer Hatcher)

homemade granola bars

homemade granola bars

5 cups quick oats
1 egg
½ cup brown sugar
¾ cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¾ -1 cup peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter)
½ cup peanut butter chips (omit if not using peanut butter)
½ cup chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together. Press into a cookie sheet with sides.  Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes. Bake longer to have crunchy granola bars or a shorter time to have chewy bars. You can also add your favorite dried fruit, or add more nut butter or flaxseed mixed with water and other crunchy ingredients, like nuts or crispy rice cereal.


19. 
Tortilla roll pinwheel with lunch meat and cheese, hummus or cream cheese
20.  Tortilla pizzas
21.  Baby pigs-in-a-blanket, made with cocktail sausages
22.  Baked chicken strips
23.  Grilled chicken-on-a-stick
24.  String cheese
25.  Boiled eggs
26.  Cheese and crackers
27.  Tuna or chicken salad with crackers
28.  Raw veggie pizza on crackers or English muffins
29.  Trail mix
30.  Celery with peanut butter

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