If you’ve been a homeschooling family for any length of time, you know there’s a whole lot of uncertainty. Yet there is undoubtedly one thing you can count on. Your kids will be hungry. All the time. That’s why make-ahead homeschool snacks are a homeschool mama’s best friend.
Being at home it’s all too easy for kids to ask mom for food when they want a break from a history lesson or math drill. Yet once you add food prep to a couple of snack requests each day, your lesson time can turn into extended-snack-break time, and leave you feeling frustrated.
Do what I do. Plan ahead with make-ahead homeschool snacks. I even created a 10-page recipe book of my favorite frugal quickbreads and muffins to help me prepare! And it’s free until February 7, 2020. You’ll find a link to it at the bottom of this post.
By planning my make-ahead homeschool snacks we can just grab a freezer bag of goodies and fruit a few times a week. Other times we’ll bake up a big batch of baked goods during freezer meal cooking day (a great hands-on homeschool activity).
So now daily snack prep time now takes 30 seconds instead of 30 minutes. And that math lesson or copywork exercise can carry right along on schedule.
Planning Snacks Save Time, Money, & Sanity
The best make-ahead homeschool snacks are nutritious, frugal, and easy for your kids to and loved by your kids. It might take some experimenting, but you’ll soon find out what works best for your family.
30 Make-Ahead Homeschool Snacks
Every family is a little different, but here’s a list of 30 of my family’s favorite homeschool snacks.
- Apple Sour Cream Coffee Cake
- Banana Flax Seed Bread
- Frozen banana slices dipped in chocolate (just slice them up, dip them in chocolate, and freeze on a waxed-paper lined cookie sheet. Then portion them into 1/2 cup servings and store in sandwich bags in the freezer. I remove them about 1/2 hour before snack time.)
- Beef Jerky
- Frozen cantaloupe pieces (take out a bag in the morning and they’re semi-frozen by snacktime. And by the way, these are a favorite of teething babies and toddlers as well.)
- Fruit Leather (try making your own in a dehydrator with apples and foraged berries)
- Honey Graham Cornbread
- Easiest Make-Ahead Homeschool Snacks – Hardboiled Eggs
- Healthy Cranberry Orange Loaf
- Homemade Granola
- Homemade Granola Bars
- Frozen Ham & Cheese Sandwich Cutouts
- Hardtack (make this when you are studying cowboys, pioneers, mountain men or trappers!)
- Homemade Baked Oatmeal Squares
- Frozen Peanut Butter & Jam Sandwich Cutouts
- Pemmican (try making this from beef and cranberries when you’re working on a Natives study)
- Homemade Pickles
- Eggless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
- Raspberry Lemon Almond Muffins
- Rice Crispies Squares
- Frozen Raspberries (freeze in sandwich bags for 1 cup portions and take out before breakfast so they’re semi-thawed by snack time)
- Frozen Strawberries (do the same thing as you do with the raspberries)
- Small Dried Cereal Containers – (Cheerios, Life, & Cinnamon Toast Crunch work well)
- Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake
- Tortilla Wrap-up Pinwheels (Cream Cheese & Salmon or Tuna & Mayo)
- Trail Mix
- Sliced Veggies With Hummus
- Mini Yogurts
- Mason Jar Yogurt, Granola & Fruit Parfaits
Homeschool snacks don’t need to be complicated or expensive. Want to grab 7 kid-friendly frugal quickbread and muffin recipes?
Sarita Harbour is a busy mom/step-mom, and grandmother blessed with seven kids ranging from age 32 down to seven. She lives off the grid with her family in a lakefront chalet in the beautiful wilderness of Canada’s far north. She spends her days teaching, writing, and learning the ropes of homesteading off the grid. Visit her site, Off Grid Life, for free printables and resources on homesteading, homeschooling, and self-reliance for the whole family.