Healthy snacks for kids: Banana Nut Cheerios Energy Bars Recipe

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Healthy snacks for kids: a homemade energy bar

Back to school in our family means back to preparing lunch boxes, having dinner ready by 5:30 and eaten by 6 because we need to rush to practices! It’s also about healthy snacks for kids that I toss in their lunch bags, that I give before hockey practices or swimming lessons! I try to keep snacking healthy in my family.

Here are some tips that help me providing healthy snacks for kids and for me too!

  •  Once a week, I slice some vegetables such as cucumbers and parsley and store them in small containers. They are ready to be tossed in any lunch bag!
  • When I go grocery shopping, kids help me choose their favorite fruits and vegetables. They will be more likely to eat them if they have a choice in them.
  • I always have some nuts on hands: almonds, cranberries, raisins, walnuts. Although most of the schools don’t allow nuts, I hand these healthy snacks before practices! They give a great boost of energy.
  • Kids help me in the kitchen. I think this is the best way to get them eat healthy snacks or any other food!
  • I also check Life Made Delicious Website for healthy snacks for kids! I stumbled on the Banana Nut Cheerios Energy Bar Recipe. I thought it will be a great healthy snack for my hockey player and my ballet dancer!

Banana Nut Cheerios* Energy Bars Recipe: One of my favorite healthy snacks for kids


Ingredients for Banana Nut Cheerios* Energy Bars Recipe

  • 4 cups (1 L) Banana Nut Cheerios* cereal
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sweetened dried cranberries. I know that my kids are not huge fans of the cranberries. I tried them once in banana muffins  and they didn’t like it! I thought I would give it a try another time.
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL)  almonds, toasted* I didn’t use almonds because my son doesn’t eat them.
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) roasted unsalted sunflower nuts
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla

Make it

    • Spray 9-inch square pan with non stick cooking spray.
    • Mix cereal, cranberries and sunflower nuts. I used a large bowl as it will make it easier to mix all the ingredients. You will need to add the almonds in this step.

Healthy snacks for kids: energy bar preparation

    • I used a 2 quart saucepan to heat corn syrup, brown sugar and peanut butter over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.  Bring it to Boil and stir 1 minute.  When I removed from heat, I stirred in the vanilla. When I was stirring this mixture, I thought it will not be enough for all the dry ingredients!
    • So I switched the dry ingredients in a smaller bowl and starting pouring syrup mixture slowly. I was wrong, I should have kept  my original bowl!

Mixing ingredients for the energy bar

Press firmly in pan. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows
Energy bar

How do you keep snacking healthy for your family? What are your kids favorite healthy snacks? Share them with us! 

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own

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About Olfa Turki

Olfa Turki is a chartered accountant, a wife and a mom! She loves cooking with the kids, biking, reading books and drinking lots of coffee! Olfa now balances her family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as,, .


  1. Those look great! I love how healthy they are.

  2. I do a very similar thing with veggies. We get 2 bowls and put them in the fridge. One has lettuce, spinach or whatever the base for our salad is and the other has all the toppings. Everything all cut up – get it whenever you want it style.

    You recipe looks great, thanks for sharing!


  3. Great tips for healthy snacking! And thank you for sharing this recipe – it looks like one my picky son may enjoy!!

  4. Oh yum this looks delicious! I have to try this with my own tweaks :)

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