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18 tasty after-school snack recipes every child (and adult) will love

Fight the after-school munchies with these deliciously fun snacks! With a mixture of sweet and savoury, nutritious and naughty, you'll always be able to find the right recipe for the occasion with these ideas up your sleeve.

By Harriet Keown
For more kid-friendly ideas, scroll through all our best recipes for children's snacks!
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    Double cheese and chive scones

    These are the only scones to make if you’re after a recipe that’s super-charged with cheese. The recipe comes from Nici Wickes’ mum’s local café, but they’ve adjusted the recipe by adding chives for extra zing!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Seed and protein bars

    These crispy, high-protein bars are also deliciously good for you. Packed with seeds, nuts and protein powder, they will give you such a kick of energy. Drizzle with dark chocolate for extra sweetness!


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    Berry pie sandwich

    A gorgeous mix between a slice and a sandwich, this sweet treat combines golden and crispy homemade pastry with a bubbling and jammy berry filling. It's perfect eaten cold for morning or afternoon tea!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Vegan-friendly banana bread with walnuts

    Nici Wickes' banana bread recipe is moist, sweet, slightly sticky and keeps well. It’s also dairy and egg-free, so it's vegan-friendly. Try serving with orange butter and honey if you don't have dietary requirements

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Salted caramel marshmallow bubble bars

    The perfect indulgence at Easter – or any time of the year – these sweet, sticky, bite-sized treats are for sugar fans young and old. Whip them up in just 15 minutes, then allow to set before digging in!


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    Dairy-free avocado and lemon muffins

    Find out just how well avocado pairs with sweet flavours by whipping up a batch of these gorgeous avocado and lemon muffins. Topped with a delightful lemon frosting, these little treats are just perfect for lunch boxes.


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    Mango and berry smoothie

    Pete Evans' recipe for a mango berry smoothie is ideal for a weekend brunch menu, or any time you need a pick-me-up. Photography by

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Raw and yummy ginger slice

    A café favourite gets a plant-based update with this healthy, wholefood take on the classic ginger slice.

    Good Health & Wellbeing|

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    Gluten and dairy-free choco-oat slice

    Nici Wickes’ choco-oat slice makes a great snack that’s a good one to get the kids or grandkids involved with making - it’s that easy and there’s barely any washing up! Best of all, it's free of both gluten and dairy!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Lentil, herb and mushroom rolls

    A vegetarian twist on a Kiwi classic, this lentil, herb and mushroom rolls recipe is a perfect table snack for family gatherings or to take with you on a picnic.


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    Bring back a classic with this light and delicious lamington recipe. Using freshly made sponge and delectable chocolate icing, this coconutty treat is the perfect accompaniment to your afternoon cup of tea.

    New Zealand Taste|

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    Maple walnut pull-apart

    Who doesn’t love a pull-apart loaf? Dig into this nutty treat, either warm from the oven or toasted, slathered in butter. It's the perfect sweet treat for an autumn morning or afternoon tea!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Chocolate and caramel sticky pinwheels

    Melted dark chocolate and sticky, gooey caramel sauce come together in this delicious pinwheel recipe. Serve to your guests warm for ultimate enjoyment


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    Little pesto, corn and cream cheese muffin puffs

    Prepare to make morning tea the most delicious meal of the day with this little muffin puff recipe. Packed with corn, cream cheese and a dollop of pesto, these savoury bites will be a family favourite


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    Magical colourful unicorn toast

    Get your day off to a magical start with this delicious unicorn toast recipe. Rippled with eye-catching colours and ladened with pretty sprinkles, this trendy treat makes a great breakfast or dessert

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

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    Mum's almond crisp biscuits

    Nici Wickes shares her mum's almond crisps recipe. They keep crispy for ages and are the perfect accompaniment to a cuppa. Try crumbling them over soft vanilla ice cream for an easy dessert!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Wholesome carrot and seed bread

    Nici Wickes' moist and wholesome carrot bread recipe is perfect for everyday eating. Wheat-free and studded with plenty of seeds, this delicious loaf is the ultimate feel-good food

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    The best apple fritters

    Dusted with plenty of cinnamon sugar, Nici Wickes's apple fritters are gluten-free and absolutely heavenly!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|