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Kids Snacks

Check out these healthy recipes for kids snacks, including popcorn, nachos, empanadas, chicken wings, fries, pretzels, trail mix, kabobs, elephant ears, pinwheels, flat bread, cheese puffs, fruit snacks, pizza pockets, apple dip and more.

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Banana-Pear Caterpillar

Banana-Pear Caterpillar

Banana-Pear Caterpillar

With Sherry's guidance, Kendra Paige-Wrischnik, now 11, transformed banana and pear slices into this creepy crawler. "The girls' brother, Joey, was too young to help prepare the salads, but he sure enjoyed eating them," Sherry adds.

Chicks-on-the-Ranch Deviled Eggs

Chicks-on-the-Ranch Deviled Eggs

Chicks-on-the-Ranch Deviled Eggs

A hint of Dijon mustard, Parmesan cheese and ranch salad dressing take the flavor of these absolutely adorable deviled eggs to new heights! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Layered Ranch Dip

Layered Ranch Dip

Layered Ranch Dip

I found something similar to this in one of my cookbooks for kids. It looked delicious, so I decided to try my own version. — Charlotte Roos, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Simmered Smoked Links

Simmered Smoked Links

Simmered Smoked Links

A tasty sweet-sour sauce glazes bite-size sausages in this recipe shared by Maxine Cenker of Weirton, West Virginia. "Serve these effortless appetizers with toothpicks at parties or holiday get-togethers," she suggests.

Sweet Potato Hummus

Sweet Potato Hummus

Sweet Potato Hummus

With a little planning, it’s easy to whip up a batch of hummus for unexpected guests, a potluck or an after-school snack. I always bake up extra unpeeled sweet potatoes so I can quickly mash the pulp for this unexpected dip. —Mary Marlowe Leverette, Columbia, South Carolina

Cheddar Bean Quesadillas

Cheddar Bean Quesadillas

Cheddar Bean Quesadillas

“These quesadillas are so tasty,” Grace Sandvigen raves from Rochester, New York. With beans, cheese and an assortment of toppings, they’re such a cinch to fix teenagers could whip them up themselves.

Cheese-Stuffed Meatball Sliders

Cheese-Stuffed Meatball Sliders

Cheese-Stuffed Meatball Sliders

Perfect for tailgating, you can make the meatballs and sauce for these sliders ahead of time and heat them up at home on game day. Put 'em on rolls in the parking lot. —Hilary Breinholt, Glenwood, Utah

Fruit Salad Salsa

Fruit Salad Salsa

Fruit Salad Salsa

Fruit salsa is a nice change of pace from traditional tomato-based salsa. Kids love the sweet fruit and graham crackers.

Mushroom Pizza Loaf

Mushroom Pizza Loaf

Mushroom Pizza Loaf

This recipe came from my Grandma. It was always a favorite of mine as I was growing up and has now become a favorite with my husband and two kids! — Amanda Wiersema, Archer, Iowa

Pizza English Muffins

Pizza English Muffins

Pizza English Muffins

From St. Paul, Minnesota, Lea Deluca recalls, "My mother prepared these individual pizzas for me from the time I started elementary school until I entered college. They're a big hit with all ages."

Witch's Hairy Finger Breadsticks

Witch's Hairy Finger Breadsticks

Witch's Hairy Finger Breadsticks

With its bright green color and shredded cheese that looks like hair, you'll think you really are eating a witch's hairy finger! These taste best when served right out of the oven because the cheese is still warm and soft. Don't forget the marinara dipping sauce! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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