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34 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School
Everyday after school your kids need to eat, right? (*Hint – they need high protein vegan snacks!)
So, you give them a snack.
Maybe it’s a piece of fruit, or something else.
After they’re done eating, maybe you have them do their homework or maybe they just relax from the school day, or maybe they have sports.
Well, if they’re still at home after snack time; there’s a good chance they’ll end up saying ‘mom, I’m hungry’ 10 or 20 minutes after they eat their initial snack.
Or, maybe it’s just my kids!
You tell them to wait for dinner; they say they can’t.
They end up eating whatever they can find in the kitchen because they are sooo hungry; their little snack (with little protein) didn’t fill them up.
The solution, which you probably already know:
Give them a healthy after school snack rich in protein!
AKA – a High Protein Vegan Snack.
This may mean the recipe contains nuts, seeds, nut butters, beans, or even tofu or quinoa!
The solution is not stocking up snacks on processed food that won’t nourish your child, and only keep them coming back for more.
Empty calorie snacks won’t do them any good.
They’ll simply trick their body into thinking they got nutrients, and then when it realizes it didn’t, that’s when they get hungry again. And, your kids will become HANGRY!!
Did you know that food companies engineer their food to be addictive and the FDA doesn’t do anything about it?! Crazy, right?
So, stop trusting food companies to have your childrens health in mind when making food, and start making their snacks yourself!
Many, if not all, of the snacks below can be made over the weekend and last all week! Especially with my batch cooking hacks!
Go ahead and give the snacks a try.
(You should know that some of the recipes below do require a food processor, not all of them do, but I honestly don’t know what I did before I had one, this is the one I have.)
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34 High Protein Vegan Snacks for Kids After School
High-Protein Vegan Snacks: Energy Bites (Great high protein vegan snacks on the go!)
With ‘energy’ being right in their names (or most of their names) it’s an easy way to tell that they should help keep your child full til dinner!
If your child is in any type of sports or after school activity, these are also a great ‘on the go snack’!
Energy bites are one of my kids favorite type of snacks! Mine too, they can be made in advance, so I’m not making snacks every single day. Pumpkin anything is great for the Fall! Making these an awesome back to school snack for kids. Plus, adding quinoa to energy balls; brilliant!
Another fall favorite flavor! Apple Crisp Energy Bites – the perfect healthy no-bake snack that tastes like homemade apple pie. With energy-boosting ingredients like quick oats, lemon juice, cinnamon, ginger, almonds and dates, they will give you the energy you need to finish your day strong!
This post will help you include your little ones in the snack making process, along with having a yummy and filling end result! Perfect for holidays, or any time! If you’re a real health nut, you could also replace a not so favorite Christmas cookie with these!
These Chia Seed Pudding Energy Balls are healthy, tasty and easy to make. Go ahead and make a batch and keep them in the fridge for the whole family to snack on. These energy balls with peanut butter are packed with plant based protein.
These protein balls are yummy enough for kids to think they are getting a special treat! It’s a special treat for us moms, too, because they’re soo easy to make; only 3 ingredients!
These carrot cake balls are perfect for your little ones who are now going to school, especially when they’re going to a nut-free school! Make them on the weekend and pack ’em in your childs lunch!
Looking for a new no bake energy bite recipe, maybe one that has apples and the essence of fall? Check out this healthy vegan apple spice energy bites recipe that’s perfect for fall (and for after school snacks for kids)!
Wondering how to make energy balls? Let me show you how easy it is to make this delicious cookie dough energy balls recipe! They’re the perfect healthy snack.
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Vegan High Protein Snacks for Kids – Homemade Snack Bars
It’s the season for pumpkin spice everything. Share this contagious pumpkin spice time of year with them with some delicious and filling energy bars!
VEGAN PROTEIN BARS (GLUTEN-FREE)
These Vegan Protein Bars are perfectly chewy, filling and satisfying, and super nutritious. They’re also gluten-free and naturally sweetened.
You can’t go wrong with make ahead bars!
High Protein Vegan Snacks: Chocolate and Dessert-like Energy Ball Recipes
Ok, so maybe you’re wondering why there are dessert-like recipes on this list of healthy after school snacks focused on filling up your kids and stopping them from saying ‘mom, I’m hungry’.
Well, it just so happens that some desserts, even of the chocolate variety, can actually be healthy, filling, and count as a nutritious after school snack!
Thank goodness! Right!?!
Especially if the ingredients in those snacks are in themselves healthy or whole foods, like dates and nuts, instead of processed sugar.
Check out the recipes below and enjoy
eating ‘better-for-you’ desserts without the guilt feeding your kids a healthy after school snack.
*Hint- if you don’t already have this, you may want to look into investing in one. You will NEED it to make some of the recipes below. Plus, it’ll help you make tons of other healthy treats, snacks, and even meals to feed your whole family. It’s the easiest way to make banana ice cream & vegan mac and cheese!
These Refined-Sugar Free, Gluten-Free and Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls make the most delicious and healthy snacks for kids, toddlers and adults too! Perfect for your kids lunchbox, they also make a great healthy treat to keep in your bag all day for when you need a sweet fix!
The 5 ingredients for these have made it onto our grocery list, and currently I’m more excited to try these than my girls, but only because they don’t know, yet! It’s going to be like protein bar meet chocolate and energy balls (but way healthier, of course)!
You can never have enough chocolate bliss balls, and this one has a fun colorful twist that may help your child want to eat them! (If the chocolate wasn’t enough of a reason!)
High Protein Healthy Vegan Snacks for Kids : Dessert-like Recipes
Sure, these may look like cheesecake, and your kids may think they are getting away with eating something too sweet as an after school snack. But, it does have quite a bit of protein in it to help keep them full til dinner!
My 5 year old snuck a peek at this recipe while I was putting this post together and was perfectly ok with the secret ingredient that helps make these protein rich and chewy. Go check out this recipe and find out the secret ingredient!
These plant based breakfast cookies contain hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are packed with plant protein. They’re also naturally sweetened with dates!
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Apple Sandwiches Recipe
These look delicious, I’m sure my girls and your kids will love these (as long as they like peanut butter- or replace with nut butter of choice). My girls actually call a single apple slice with toppings on it an apple cookie and they eat them like they would cookies, too!
A delicious chocolatey shake with beets for energy and nutrition. Silken tofu adds high quality protein for vegans in this silly vibrant smoothie.
High Protein Vegan Snacks: Savory Snacks
If your child isn’t into sweet after school snacks and looking for something a little more savory, check out the recipes below, some are even traditional foods from other countries!
No Fry Black Gram-Kale Fritters/ Urad-Kale Appe / Black Gram-Kale Takoyaki
Maybe it’s just me, but there’s an ingredient in this recipe that I had never heard of before, which is pretty neat! I’m not sure if it’s available in stores near me, or you, but Amazon does have it here. Psst…this is one of those snacks from another country, and will not only help you get more protein into your kids, but veggies, too!
Kids love the texture of these Roasted Spiced Chickpeas! Add protein and fiber to their snack options.
Zesty Roasted Chickpeas are so crispy and fun to eat and are a perfect healthy snack! These roasted chickpeas are really versatile, you can make them as spicy or flavorful as you want.
High Protein Vegan Snacks: Dips
healthy fruit dip–4 ways
Maybe your kids are dippers; they’ll eat apples, but they prefer to have it with dip (or nutella). Check out these 4 healthy dip recipes that go great with apples and more!
The next best thing to a fresh Montreal bagel is crispy, crunchy, savory, garlic everything bagel chips. These chips are perfect for dipping in hummus, vegan cheese dip, roasted red pepper dip and more. Try them and see for yourself how addictive they are!
If your kids are still craving tortilla chips to munch on after school, prepare this cheesy vegan dip! It’s high in protein and Vitamin B12 (one of the most important nutrients to make sure you get enough of, if vegan.)
Hummus is one of those recipes that can be made in so many ways. Like a good classic garlic hummus with some delicious pita chips!
A vibrant and delicious tart-sweet dessert hummus made with chickpeas, raspberries, lemon, and maple syrup or agave. Perfect for kids who prefer sweet over savory.
If you need a short description: This zingy cashew-based jalapeño popper dip goes perfectly with ritz crackers, cut carrots, celery, jicama, pretzels, and is kid-approved.
Who says vegans don’t get enough protein in their diets?
Vegans not getting enough protein in their diets is simply a myth. (Probably to encourage people to keep eating food that supports farmers, or big businesses, or they simply don’t know any better. I won’t go further into this issue in this post…)
Plus, you don’t have to be raising a vegan child for them to enjoy these healthy snacks.
I hope you and your children enjoy these high protein vegan snacks, and you stop hearing ‘mom, I’m hungry’ everyday after snack and before dinner.
Let’s fill those little bellies up with some healthy protein filled snacks, that even a health nut of a mom can approve of!
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Don’t forget to share these wonderful recipes with your friends who need snack ideas for their kids, too. Especially if they have picky eaters.
The dessert section of high protein vegan snacks above is bound to turn picky eaters into happy little kids with an empty plate in no time!