During my childhood, I enjoyed running home from school, tossing my backpack aside, and diving into some after school snacks. During my elementary school days, my mom would always leave snacks for me and my sister on the countertop to hold us over until it was time for dinner. Although it was the easiest thing to make, I always loved when she would spread peanut butter on saltine crackers for me. But the snack game has changed since my day, and some parents ay have a hard time keeping up in the kitchen. That's why having some easy after school snacks in your repertoire is crucial for the coming school year.

As my niece gets older, my sister is always looking for new snacks to make for her that aren't so processed. At almost three years old, my niece loves gummies, but since my sister isn't too big on giving her many sweets. She'd rather fine some tasty homemade snacks that include fruits, buts, and other nutritious ingredients. She even packs her some of them in her backpack when she sends her to daycare.

Whether you're trying to reduce the amount of processed foods, are on the hunt for a cheaper way to make your kids happy, or just love to try new things, these 15 recipes for after school snacks will definitely make your kids look forward to rushing home more than before.

1. Confetti Peanut Butter Snack Bites

Courtesy of A Pretty Life In The Suburbs

When I was a kid, my mom would always leave me peanut butter crackers on the counter for an afternoon snack to bring back my energy after a hard day running wild on the playground. These confetti peanut butter snack bites from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs will be able to do the same and provide a new favorite afternoon snack for the kids.

2. S'mores Popcorn Mix

Courtesy of Deliciously Yum

Popcorn is always a great afternoon snack, but mixing it with the ingredients to s'mores makes it even better. Deliciously Yum's recipe for s'mores popcorn will be perfect for an after school snack, movie night treat, or just for a quick bite while lounging on the weekend.

3. Buffalo Snack Mix

Courtesy of Ari's Menu

This buffalo snack mix from Ari's Menu is great for your little one to chomp down on after school or after their sport practice.

4. Ham And Cheese Sliders

Courtesy of Averie Cooks

Though these ham and cheese sliders from Averie Cooks could double as a meal, they are absolutely perfect if the kids just want something quick to hold them other until you make dinner.

5. Fried Cheerios

Courtesy of Big Girls, Small Kitchen

Big Girls Small Kitchen's fried cheerios recipe works great for an after school snack because it's super quick and adds a little switch up to something classic.

6. Fresh Tomato Salad With Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette

Courtesy of A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

If you want to give the kids something healthy and tasty to have after school, this fresh tomato salad with basil balsamic vinaigrette from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs is a great pick.

7. Dipped Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Courtesy of Deliciously Yum

Deliciously Yum's easy recipe for these dipped peanut granola bars will have the kids loving peanut butter more than before.

8. Coconut Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Courtesy of Ari's Menu

If you're looking for something seriously easy and pleasant to the palate, these coconut cashew chocolate chip cookie dough bites from Ari's Menu is what you should be making.

9. Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Mix

Courtesy of Averie Cooks

Another quick, easy, and delicious snack for both you and the kids to enjoy after a hard day would be this chocolate peanut butter snack mix from Averie Cooks.

10. Berry Mango Kale Smoothie

Courtesy of Good Life Eats

I was always a fan of fruit smoothies after a hot day in school, and these berry mango kale smoothies from Good Life Eats will make your kids feel the same way.

11. 3 Ingredient Strawberry Fluff Fruit Dip

Courtesy of A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

During my childhood, green grapes were a favorite afternoon snack of mine, but I wish I had this deliciously looking three ingredient strawberry fluff fruit dip from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs to add on to it.

12. One Of A Kind Chocolate Cookies

Courtesy of Deliciously Yum

There's no way you can go wrong with chocolate chip cookies, and this recipe for one of a kind chocolate cookies from Deliciously Yum proves it.

13. Dark Chocolate Cranberry Snack Mix

Courtesy of Ari's Menu

This recipe for dark chocolate cranberry snack mix from Ari's Menu is sure to become a favorite of everyone in the household once they taste it.

14. White Chocolate Buttery Waffles Snack Mix

Courtesy of Averie Cooks

If your little ones love waffles, this cool white chocolate buttery waffles snack mix from Averie Cooks is the best for them to chomp down on.

15. Cinnamon Sugar Nutella Quesadilla

Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Your kids will absolutely love Half Baked Harvest's cinnamon sugar nutella quesadilla and beg you for them every day once they taste them the first time.