Are your homeschool lessons sidelined by kids asking for snacks again? Here is a shopping list of non-perishable items you can stock your cupboards with so your kids can easily make their own (somewhat) healthy snacks during the homeschool day.

Peanut Butter or other nut butters

Spread on apples, bananas, pretzels, toast, crackers, celery, or carrots


Top with your favorite nut butter, cream cheese, sliced cheese, or jelly


Include in trail mixes, or as a topping for nut butter crackers, cream cheese and celery

Chocolate Chips

Sparingly add sweetness to nut butters, trail mixes, or melt for fruit dipping


Add to yogurt, trial mix, cottage cheese or enjoy a bowl with milk


So many options, and they will keep for months!


Add to yogurt, trail mix, or use to sprinkle over a chocolate or yogurt covered fruit


A salty treat! Wrap a slice of ham spread with cream cheese around your favorite pickle and slice


For veggie dips, tortilla chips, or hard-boiled eggs

Tortilla Chips

Melt with cheese in the microwave, or use for dips

Jerky, Pepperoni or Other Dry Meats

Enjoy with cheese sticks or mozzarella slices

Jelly or Fruit Spreads

Use for traditional PB&J or serve with cream cheese and crackers


Dip in your favorite nut butter, or add to trail or cereal mix for a crunchy snack

Apple Sauce

Enjoy on its own, mix in some fruit or nuts, or use as a dip for your favorite veggies


A protein-packed snack with cucumbers or celery, wrapped in lettuce or served on crackers


Not just for breakfast! Kids love dry cereal as a snack, or mixed with nuts or dried fruit


Just add hot water and some fruit or brown sugar – yum!

Microwave Popcorn

Your older kids can make their own

Dried Fruit

Be brave and try some new flavors:  figs, papaya, kiwi, mango

Graham Crackers

Tried and true! Top with nut butter, jelly, or frosting and sprinkles for special occasions

This post is Part Five of our Back to Homeschool series. Check out some of our other new Back to School articles below:

First Day of School Printable Pack with Signs

5 Strategies for Back to School Success

Begin the New Year Thanking God for Your Homeschool

10 Back to School Traditions for Homeschoolers

How to Set Up Your Homeschool Space for Maximum Learning

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Tracy is a lover of all things New England and enjoys exploring antique bookshops, camping in the mountains, and scouring shorelines for sea glass. She was introduced to Jesus at Vacation Bible School which sparked a life-long passion for Children’s Ministry. Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree from Gordon College. After homeschooling one of her two children, she now is honored to lead the wonderful women on the Homeschool Specialist team at Christianbook.