Delicious Before and After School Snack Ideas

As a Mom of 6 kids, I have found making healthy snacks is a daily event. Two times a day the kids are at their most hungry and ready to eat; before and after school. Thank you to Santa Cruz Organics and Womensforum for sponsoring this post, as always, my opinions are my own.

Organic Peanut Butter and Fruit Spread

I’m sharing with you some snack ideas I like to make for the kids. For whatever reason, the kids wake up pretty hungry and come home ravenous. Most of the time they are pretty happy with the basic peanut butter and jelly, but I like to change it up with different flavors or different snack ideas altogether.

Organic Peanut Butter and Fruit Spread

How about dark-roasted peanut butter and mango fruit spread sandwiches cut into cute bite-size snacks. I know it is simple but they loved the flavors.

Santa Cruz Organic has many different flavors of fruit spreads and apple sauces. The Santa Cruz dark roasted peanut butter comes in crunchy and creamy, take a peak when you visit Target next. In today’s post, I’m using creamy dark roasted peanut butter and mango fruit spread.

After school, my kiddos also love peanut butter or fruit spread on a toasted english muffin. As an added plus I’ll even add banana slices. These snacks are all pretty simple to make and allows me the time to help all four girls with their homework and make dinner before they get hungry again.


  1. Apple Sauce with a splash of cinnamon
  2. Sliced apples with peanut butter
  3. Fresh veggies; Carrots, Celery
  4. Cottage Cheese
  5. Cucumber Tuna Slices
  6. Gold Fish Crackers
  7. Crackers and cheese
  8. Homemade Granola
  9. Grapes
  10. Strawberry and Pineapple

Now for a special treat, a recipe for Short Bread cookies filled will mango spread.

Simple After School Snacks



  • 1 cup soften butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c Santa Cruz Organic Mango Spread
  • 1 egg (for egg wash)
  • 2 tbsp turbinado sugar (sprinkle on cookies)

I am making these cookies gluten-free for my oldest daughter to enjoy. If you would like to do this just substitute the regular flour with gluten-free flour.


1. Cream together butter and sugars.

2. Mix in egg yolk, milk, vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl mix flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.

4. Slowly mix in dry ingredients to the wet.

5. Once combined cover and let sit in the Refridgerator for at least an hour.

6. After the Cookie dough has rested, roll out onto a floured surface.

7. Cut into equal squares leaving one half with an extra square cut out.

8. Place squares cookie sheet an inch apart.

9. Add a teaspoon of Santa Cruz Organic Mango Fruit Spread on the bottom cookie.

Mango Short Bread Cookies

10. Spread the mango evenly, stopping short of the edges.

11. Add top cookie pressing down around the window.

12. Coat with egg wash and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

Short Bread Cookie Snack

13. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

This shortbread cookie recipe was easy to make and the kids loved them. I also loved that I made it for them. If you’re not into mango, there are several other flavors to try like Blackberry Pom, Strawberry, or Seedless Raspberry.

Santa Cruz Organic Mango Fruit Spread

Do you have a before or after school snacks you like to make, share with us?