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It’s 3 p.m. and the kids are starving, but they’re turning up their noses at Pirate’s Booty and string cheese. Whip up some of these quick and easy-to-store snacks on the weekend and they’ll be bragging to their friends about your amazing after-school treats (snickerdoodle bars! sausage-and-egg dumplings!) all week long.

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1. Homemade Cheese Crackers

Cheez-Its who? These buttery little bites take about half an hour to make and can be kept in the pantry all week.

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2. Sweet Potato Hummus

Hummus is always a fantastic afternoon snack, but we predict that kids will gobble up this sweet potato version that’s great with both sweet and savory dippers.

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3. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie

Cauliflower makes this beautifully hued smoothie as creamy as a milkshake (and they’ll have no idea they’re actually drinking something nutritious).

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4. Cocoa Peanut Butter Granola

OK, this is a lot of chocolate. But if the alternative is a bowl of prepackaged kids’ cereal, this lower-sugar version is a fabulous option.

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5. Sausage-and-Egg Breakfast Dumplings

Breakfast food in the afternoon is always a treat, and these dumplings are fun little bites of happiness they can dip in a special ketchup-based sauce. Keep a batch stashed in the freezer, then pop them into the microwave or toaster oven to reheat.

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6. Perfect Stove-top Popcorn

The microwaved stuff has nothing on stove-top popcorn. Not only is it cool to watch (and hear) it pop, but you can season it with whatever your kids love.

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7. Gluten-free Chocolate Banana Muffins

Psst: These unhealthy-looking little guys are actually packed with fruit.

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8. Snickerdoodle Almond Butter Granola Bars

Believe it or not, absolutely no baking is required to make these sweet granola bars.

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9. Healthy Banana Split Recipe

There’s nothing even remotely unhealthy in this “dessert,” and it comes together in less than five minutes. Hallelujah.

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10. Dreamy Almond Butter Chia Pudding

Ditch the squeeze pouches for this fun-to-eat treat. Just tell your rug rats they’re eating pudding with eyes.

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11. Zesty Three-Cheese Snack Mix

Why give them a prepackaged snack mix, typically full of sodium and other preservatives, when you can just make your own?

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12. Cake Batter Dip

Remember Dunkaroos? Your kids won’t—they’ll just think you’re a genius.

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Ever heard of after-school taquitos? Us either, but let’s make it a thing.

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Avocado salad gets an even healthier upgrade with the addition of crushed edamame.

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15. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Keep this cookie dough on hand in the freezer, then whip it out whenever you want to feel like the best parent in the universe.

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