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A Taste of Fall :: After School Snack Ideas

Now that school is in full swing, I just want it to be fall. The sound of school buses and a brisk morning is the perfect way to start my day. With school starting back, I have been desperately searching for the perfect arsenal of after school snacks. These snacks have a slight fall theme to them—and are toddler approved.

Before I get into my yummy snacks, I will add that most days my snacks aren’t so “fancy.” As a matter of fact, my kids are eating Ritz Crackers right out of the sleeve currently.

Apple Pie Bites

Heavily adapted from The Blond Cook 

Nothing says fall like apple pie. These are quick and easy to make.

¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
3 tablespoons butter, melted
⅓ cup chopped pecans
1 small Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into 8 slices
1 (8-ounce) can crescent roll

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine brown sugar and apple pie spice, set aside.
  3. Melt butter and toss apple slices in butter, set aside.
  4. Arrange crescent rolls on baking sheet.
  5. Distribute brown sugar mixture onto each triangle.
  6. Sprinkle with the chopped pecans, can be eliminated if needed.
  7. Place an apple slice on the end of each triangle. Wrap crescent roll dough around each apple.
  8. Pour remaining butter over each crescent roll. Sprinkle lightly with additional apple pie spice mixture.
  9. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for before serving.

Ham and Cheese Apple Roll Ups

Are you noticing an apple trend yet? I just love using a variety of apples in all my fall baking and cooking. I adore how versatile they can be and my kids could eat them all day long. These roll ups are super simple and will take you five minutes to create.

4 slices of quality thick cut deli ham
8 rectangles of cheese, I used cheddar but swiss would be wonderful too
1 small green apple

  1. Cut deli meat in half.
  2. Assemble, there is no real magical order.
  3. You can use a toothpick to hold them together or just have the seam facing down. Toothpicks tend to become swords in my house.

Chocolate Dipped Apples

These are my little guys’ absolute favorite treats. Who could blame them? They are amazing. The combinations of chocolate and toppings with this snack are endless; you can do anything.

3 Gala apples sliced
Dipping chocolate (I like the Ghirardelli Candy Making & Dipping Melting Wafers)
Toppings (I used Heath Bar pieces)

  1. Cut the apples into the size of slices you prefer. The chocolate will not stick to the peel very well.
  2. Melt the chocolate per instructions.
  3. Dip the apples in the melted chocolate covering both sides.
  4. Set the apples on parchment paper.
  5. Sprinkle with toppings.
  6. Put in the refrigerator for 8 minutes or until chocolate is hardened.

Caramel Churro Chex Mix

Heavily Adapted from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

The only fall connection that I could make with this snack is that this momma loves a good caramel macchiato on a cool fall day. The Chex Mix is incredibly addicting, so don’t make it on an empty stomach… You have been warned. Out of all the snacks I have shared with you, this is probably the most labor intensive—but totally worth every minute. Plus it makes enough to last a couple of days.

4 1/2 cups Rice Chex
4 1/2 cups Corn Chex
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup salted butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Place cereal in a large bowl.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick baking spray.
  4. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
  5. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, heat brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup until the mixture comes to a boil. Let boil for one minute, stirring constantly, then remove from heat and stir in baking soda.
  6. Pour over cereal and stir until cereal is coated.
  7. Spread cereal on prepared baking sheet.
  8. Sprinkle evenly with cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  9. Bake for about 5 minutes, then flip with a spatula and bake for 3 more minutes, until cereal turns golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool completely, then break up and store in an airtight container.

Although these yummy snacks will not lessen the humidity or bring fall any sooner,
I do hope that they satisfy your craving for a little taste of fall.

Morgan is a Franklin native who recently moved back to Nashville. She attended the University of Mississippi where she met her husband of five years, Benjamin. The two started their life together in Memphis, TN, until last year when they took a leap of faith and moved to Charlottesville, VA. Charlottesville was way too far from family, and Morgan always knew that Nashville was where she wanted to bring up her kids. Morgan thought she was meant to be a “boy mom” with two boys already Ryder, 4, and Jett, 3, until four months ago, when she welcomed her first baby girl, Olive. Morgan is a former cookie decorator and loves anything sweet. She also has a passion for decorating and crafts. On Morgan’s personal blog, My Confetti Life, she hopes to inspire moms and let them know that they are not alone in the struggle that motherhood can be.

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