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Back-to-School Snacks

Hello all! Here are a few recipes for easy back-to-school snacks. At least going back to school is a pretty good excuse for food if nothing else! Some of these recipes will take more forethought, and some are more of a make-on-the-spot type of thing, but I promise they’re all amazing. See, unlike the more unfortunate students in public or private school, we homeschoolers are able to munch all day on these simple, healthy tidbits—hopefully, to tide you over until lunch (or breakfast, or even supper, as the case may be).



These little white bundles make the perfect wintery treats, but they’re great any time of the year!

What you will need:

  • Dried pitted dates
  • Cream cheese
  • Coconut flakes

What to do:

  • Begin by slicing thin “sheets” of the cream cheese according to the number of dried dates you have.
  • Wrap one date in each piece of cream cheese until the dates are completely covered.
  • Finally, roll the cream cheese covered date in coconut flakes.

And it’s that easy! These taste like the best little bites of cheesecake imaginable, and they’re slightly healthier!

*Note: These snowballs may be made in any quantity you desire.


“Caramel” Popcorn

The secret is, there is no caramel!

What you will need:

  • 12 cups of popped popcorn
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/3 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of pecans

What to do:

  • Begin by popping the popping corn.
  • Melt the butter and honey together. Toss in a pinch of salt and stir.
  • Mix the pecans in with the popcorn and pour in the honey-mixture. Toss and mix the ingredients until everything is evenly distributed and all of the popcorn and pecans are well-covered.
  • Spread the mixture out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 325 degrees F.

Enjoy! “Caramel” popcorn is perfect for the holidays, or any time of the year! It has just the right amount of everything–not too sweet, not too salty, but still bursting with flavor.


Nutty Pretzel Wands*

These pretzel wands are pretty simple and perfect for those 15 minutes in-between class.

What you will need:

  • Pretzel sticks
  • Peanut butter
  • Chopped nuts, dried fruit, m&ms, etc.–anything you might like to cover your pretzel wands with!

What to do:

  • Dip or spread your desired amount of peanut butter on the top half of a pretzel stick.
  • Roll the pretzel stick around in your toppings of choice.

And you’re done! So easy, right? And they are perfect for holding you through that hour and a half class period you are required to sit through.

*Note: These pretzel wands may be made in any quantity you desire.


Fruit Strips

Okay, this one might not be the most practical snack ever, but it’s still cool, right? Here’s how to make your very own fruit strips.

What you will need:

  • 1/3 cup sugar-free fruit preserves (Using sugar-free fruit preserves is really important–trust me. I attempted this recipe with Welch’s Concord Grape Jelly, which was unsuccessful. The product that seemed to work best was Smucker’s Simply Fruit: Seedless Strawberry, but just to be sure, check the ingredients for sugar.)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Butter or vegetable oil
  • Parchment paper

What to do:

  • Mix and mash the fruit preserves and cornstarch together into a smooth and not-too-lumpy consistency.
  • Grease the parchment paper with a generous portion of butter, then spread the fruit preserve mixture out, fairly thin, in strips or one large rectangle on the parchment paper.
  • Bake the mixture in the oven at 225 degrees F, for 45 minutes.
  • When done, take out, and allow to fully cool.
  • Trim the parchment into strips and roll them up for keeping.

Ta da! Didn’t believe me, did you? You just made your very own fruit strips perfect for snacking! Just remember, you have yet to sit through another class, so don’t put yourself on a sugar high!

There you have it! Four simple, quick, and delicious snack ideas for our nagging appetites!



About the Author:

Name: Jessica Seabolt

Age: 14

Grade: 9th

What classes are you taking this year?

Ancient History, English 2, Latin 2, Home-Economics, Biology

How many years have you been with TPS?

This is the beginning of my third year with TPS.

What are a few of your hobbies or interests? 

I like to sew, craft, dance, and do karate.




  1. You know Jack’s been here when it’s tagged “Foruru” xP

  2. Thanks Jessica. Now I’m going to be eating unhealthy food next week. *sigh*

  3. nut allergies… 🙁

  4. These seem really delicious, Jessica! Maybe you should have categorized them as party food, especially the “snowballs.”

  5. The perfect way to stay awake during class: gorge on sugar to keep yourself awake until it ends. LOL