Whether you’re heading out on vacation, a road trip, a day out of the house, a playdate, or packing a daycare or preschool lunch, these healthy toddler snacks will help keep your toddler full and happy.
I’ve included a nice mix of healthy homemade toddler snack recipes, preschool snack ideas, healthy store-bought toddler snacks, baby-led weaning snack ideas, and a few assembly-only ideas to give you a wide range of options for portable foods that are packed with nutrition. Plus, they all taste great, since I know many of you are dealing with picky toddlers as well as active ones!
25 Healthy Toddler Snacks To Take On the Go
- Allergy-Friendly Toddler Muffins
These little muffins are big on flavor and they store really well either chilled or at room temperature. They also have a balanced mix of ingredients—protein, whole grains, fat, and fruit—so they are an all-around great toddler snack free from the top food allergens.
- Carrot Cake Bliss Balls
With natural sweetness and the flavors of a favorite dessert, these healthy little toddler snack bites are sure to be a hit with the whole family.
- Blueberry Date Snack Cake Bars
Moist, flavorful, and super yummy, these gluten-free snack bars are a nice on-the-go option for toddlers. Just wrap each bar individually in plastic wrap or tuck into a compartment of a lunchbox.
Healthy Snacks for Your Toddler’s Lunchbox
- Banana Snack Cake
- Plain, with raisins or blueberries stirred in, squares of this snack cake are one of our favorite toddler snacks. They hold up well, especially with an ice pack in your bag, and they offer a balanced snack with whole grains, protein, and fruit all in one convenient package.
- Oven-Dried Strawberries
Like store-bought freeze-dried fruit for babies and toddlers, only less expensive, think of these strawberries as a sweet and super healthy chip.
- Simple Quinoa Breakfast Bars
Loaded with whole grains including oats and quinoa, these bars would make a lovely morning or afternoon snack (in addition to a great breakfast!) for kids.
- 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Bars
Super simple and super yummy, these bars pair well with milk (or coffee for the adults!).
- Cheesy Oat Crackers
A batch of these crackers never lasts long in our house—and they are a fun component to a packed toddler lunch box.
Baby Led Weaning Snacks
- Pumpkin Almond Butter Muffins
Sure, it’s not pumpkin season, but it’s always a great time of year to make a batch of these cinnamon-y muffins. They pack lots of Vitamin A and protein.
- Egg-Free Zucchini Flax Muffins
- Enjoy zucchini muffins all year long and share these with kids who can’t do eggs or nuts. The batter is simple to stir together and each is a yummy way to sneak in a veggie.
- Blueberry Banana Muffins
Made without gluten, nuts, or dairy, these soft muffins get their flavor from two types of fruit and might be even tastier on the second (or third) day! Try topping them with a drizzle of honey or cream cheese or nut butter if allergies aren’t a concern.
Whether it’s oatmeal, smoothie, or a bit of dinner, snack time is an excellent time to get in a little extra nutrition, so using leftovers as mini meals is a smart toddler feeding strategy.
Preschool Snack Ideas
Try packing a little container of hummus with whole grain crackers or easy to eat veggies for a balanced toddler snack.
- Fresh Fruit
Small apples, pears, and bananas, vertically cut grapes, blueberries, strawberries, and cubed melon are a few of our favorite fruits to take on the go.
- Fresh Veggies
Snap peas, thinly sliced carrot sticks, sliced or cubed cucumber, sliced zucchini, halved cherry tomatoes, and thawed frozen peas or corn are great options for packable toddler veggies for snack time.
- Strawberry Chia Fruit Leather
With intense berry flavor and a bit of chia seeds for protein and fiber, this toddler fruit leather is a favorite
- Sandwich Cubes
Whether your little one likes nut butter and jam, cream cheese and apple butter, cheese, or lunch meat, a simple sandwich, diced up is easy to pack and really satisfying for little bellies.
Homemade Healthy Toddler Snack Recipes
- Applesauce Doughnuts
Mix up your muffin game and share a little doughnut love with these applesauce ones. They have whole grains, a fruit tucked right inside, and bake up quickly with the help of a donut pan.
- No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
Sure, these could easily be dessert, but when paired with a cup of milk, they are a pretty delicious snack. Chop them into smaller cubes for younger kids if needed and use Sunbutter for kids with nut-allergies.
- Soft Granola Bars
These slab granola bars are a perfect make-ahead toddler snack. They are egg-free and have healthy fats and complex carbs—so they’ll provide balanced energy for your little ones. Try adding some snipped dried fruit to the batter!
- Maple Coconut Chips
If your toddlers love crunchy snack foods, try these coconut chips! They require just a few ingredients and are totally addictive. (The healthy fats in coconut can also help with regularity, should than be an issue in your house…)
Healthy Store-Bought Toddler Snacks
- Mini Larabars, Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars, My Super Foods Granola Bites, Ella’s Nibbly Bars
We love these little snacks since they are sized right for toddlers and have a nice mix of protein, fat, and fiber.
- Puffs and Dry Cereals
Puffs are very portable, not very messy, and little ones tend to adore them. Breakfast cereals with low added sugars are always a nice option for toddler snack-time (and they can be
a little more economical and nutritious than puffs). We like plain Cheerios, Kix, puffed whole grains, and unsweetened Shredded Mini Wheats.