Peanut Butter Snack Ideas Kids Will Love

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Back to school time has arrived. Time to think about getting back into the routine, packing lunches, waking up on time and making sure that the house is full of healthy and fun snacks. At least that’s what it’s like in our house. This week, I’ve been working on coming up with some fun snack ideas that the girls can create themselves, when they get home from school. They love to prepare things that they can eat easily, while they do their homework. Their favorite ingredient? Peanut butter! So here are our family’s 5 fun snack ideas that include peanut butter!

Banana, Peanut Butter, Coconut and Chocolate Chips

peanut butter on banana with chocolate chips and coconut

Banana and peanut butter is one of those flavor combinations that most people absolutely love. We took it up just a notch and added a few chocolate chips and sprinkled it with shredded coconut. Cut them in bite sized pieces for the kids and it’s an instant hit!

Crackers, Peanut Butter, Jelly and Berries

melba toast with peanut butter and jelly and blue berries

While my kids can eat a pb&j sandwich anytime, for snack time, they prefer using crackers or Melba toast. They are bite sized and perfect for their little hands. Top the cracker or Melba toast with jelly, peanut butter and your favorite berry! We love blueberries or strawberries. Yum!

Celery, Peanut Butter and Trail Mix

celery topped with peanut butter and trail mix

Growing up, I was always given, what we called, “ants on a log”.  Celery, peanut butter and raisins. That flavor combination still instantly transports me to my Nana’s kitchen table. We decided to kick it up a notch and swap the plain raisins for trail mix. Of course, my kids chose the trail mix that had little chocolate pieces in them, but you can buy it without if you aren’t interested in the added sugar. Fill the celery’s valley with peanut butter and top with your favorite parts of the trail mix. The kids can use this opportunity to practice their counting and/or patterns!

*Fun fact: We couldn’t figure out what to call that part of the celery so we asked the girls…. They came up with “celery nut or cel-nut”, “celery crook”, “celery dugout” and “celery bunker”.  What do you call it?

Apple, Peanut Butter, Sunflower Seeds and Coconut

apple with peanut butter, sunflower seeds and coconut

We’ve always enjoyed apples and peanut butter in our house, but we have been trying to come up with something else that goes well with them. We did share the peanut butter sandwich with coconut recipe, which we still love, but I challenged the girls to come up with a topping that would go well with those three ingredients. When sunflower seeds came up, I wasn’t sure we’d love it. Originally, the girls wanted chocolate covered sunflower seeds, but we couldn’t put chocolate on all of the options. We were very pleasantly surprised by this combination. I love the crunch and saltiness it added. Slice your apples, top with peanut butter and sprinkle with sunflower seeds (chocolate covered or not) and shredded coconut. I think you’ll be surprised by this one.

Pretzel, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chips and Sprinkles

pretzel rod with peanut butter, chocolate chips and sprinkles

Ever since we bought a chocolate covered pretzel at Disney World years ago, we have been hooked! I wanted to come up with an option that the girls could easily make at home.  Take a pretzel rod, spread peanut butter on the upper half, all the way around and then roll your favorite toppings. The girls chose dark chocolate chips and sprinkles. It doesn’t harden the way chocolate does, but it also didn’t fall apart like I thought it would, so it’s a great option for the kids.

peanut butter snack options for kids

Do you make snacks with peanut butter too? Share some of your fun, flavor combinations and maybe we’ll put them into rotation at our home too!

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Back to school time means new snack ideas that are easy for the kids. Here are our family’s 5 fun snack ideas that include peanut butter!

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  1. These look like some yummy peanut butter snack ideas! I know I would love them too and I’m not even a kid. Ha ha!

  2. What a fabulous idea to indulge in some peanut butter, this can be the perfect activity for them to do as well during the holidays

  3. Great snack ideas here! There is something for everyone to enjoy in the family…PB is one of my favorites!

  4. Ooh. I can’t wait to make this! Peanut butter is one of my all-time favourite, and I make every recipe I find. Apple, Peanut Butter, Sunflower Seeds and Coconutone looks tasty!

  5. Yum to the yum! My kids and I love peanut butter. I am always looking for new healthy snacks. Thank you!

  6. These snacks are so creative and colorful. It is a great idea to involve kids in making their own food!

  7. My youngest LOVES peanut butter so we’ll have to give some of these a try. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    Louise x

  8. This is the perfect post for me because I love peanut butter lol! I’ll be trying out a few of these ideas 😀

  9. There’s some awesome ideas for after school snacks here! Easy but sure to satisfy! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Peanut butter snack ideas that kids will love? I LOVE these! I’m going to try the apple + sunflower seeds + coconut flakes first! Thank you for these great tips!

  11. These look yummy! My kid loves peanut butter and I think he’ll love the ones with candy the most haha!

  12. My son loves peanut butter! I’ve never made some of these snacks! Can’t wait to make them!

  13. First I love your website! As a mom with kids I am always looking for ideas and inspirations. I love that you posted about peanut butter, my son loves peanut butter. will give these a try!

  14. After reading this I have to say….these snacks aren’t just for kids. I want them right now. lol

    Great Ideas thanks for sharing.

  15. Everything looks yummy!! My husband and I would love to eat those! haha I wish my kids are not allergic to nuts. :/

  16. Crackers, Peanut Butter, Jelly and Berries sounds so good! I love jellies and jams so I think this is perfect for me!

  17. Wow, what a great way to eat peanut butter, I love how you have also added colorful sweets and some nuts. Really innovative way.

  18. Those are great snack ideas. Reminds me of a snack I have on my site as well. So much fun with the kids 🙂 yum

  19. I am happy to eat anything with peanut butter. I can quickly compliment any other snack. Those are lovely ideas!

  20. Such quick and easy options…I wish we didn’t have so many peanut allergic friends so I could feel safe making snacks like this more often.

  21. Peanut butter on celery is the best. It is one of my favorites and will be going in my kid’s lunches.

  22. Kids love peanut butter. These all look like delicious snacks that are not only
    Healthy but filling! Super great!

  23. I love all of these ideas. I have a lot of peanut butter at home that I’ve been wondering what I could make with it. Now I have some good snack ideas for the kids.

  24. These all look yummy! Perfect for after school snacks. I especially love the Melba toast one. So good!

  25. These are great ideas, just in time for back to school. All of my kids love peanut butter, can’t wait to try some of these ideas!

  26. Peanut Butter and celery with raisins tastes like childhood to me. I love it with a little sea salt dashed on top too.

  27. These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing them! Also, great for after school snacks when peanutbutter is banned from schools.

  28. These ideas are brilliant. They get the kids to eat healthy food while getting something super tasty that feels more like a treat.

  29. Great suggestions. My kids love peanut butter. We are low sugar in our home so my kids favorites are ants on a log or peanut butter and apples.

  30. Peanut butter is one of my favourite snacks! As a kid, it was never allowed in school (because of allergies), and my brother was allergic at home, so I had to eat it whenever he was out of the house.

  31. These snacks all look so yummy! If I were to choose which one I’d make first, I think I want the one with the pretzel. My husband would want the one using celery. Thank you for these snack ideas!

  32. Hey you must know my kids! These peanut butter snack ideas will be awesome for even my pickiest eater, the youngest child. I Love that you’ve inspired me to start making some PB snacks for our homeschool adventures this year. Going to be saving this for future creative snack making sessions.

  33. These all look super delicious and tempting! My kids would love every one of them for sure. I need to try them asap.

  34. Celery, Peanut Butter and Trail Mix sounds like the best and healthiest combo for me and my nephews + niece. I hope they will like it. Thanks for sharing your fab idea!

    1. I really love peanut butter ever since I was a kid. These peanut butter ideas sound really great..!