Want the secret to a satisfying snack? These healthy dips for kids are a great way to make fresh fruits and veggies more fun!
If your kids aren’t reaching for their raw carrot sticks at snack time, here’s the ticket: add a dip! Dips are a great way to help kids, especially picky eaters, eat a variety of foods. Just like a tortilla chip is 10x more delicious with homemade guacamole dip, it is more than okay to jazz up sliced fruit with a fun sauce.
The ultimate dippable snack: apples and peanut butter! Not only is is tastier than eating an apple on it its own, but eating fruit with a protein and healthy fat-rich dip or spread will help keep kids satiated and energized for longer.
Whether you’re putting together a snack board with strawberries and pretzels for an after school get-together or your goal is to get your kid(s) to eat a healthy snack before soccer practice, dips make plain fruits and veggies taste a whole lot better.
Our Favorite Dips
While I certainly don’t make a fancy kids charcuterie board every day of the week, I do like to offer a variety of healthy options for the kids to choose from and encourage them to eat fresh snacks over packaged when I can (this doesn’t always work – lol!). Mazen loves anything chocolate or peanut butter, and Birch loves anything dipped in ketchup (and I mean anything!).
Today I’m sharing an easy dip recipe plus a round-up of both sweet and savory dips that I found across the web. They’re all simple to make with real food ingredients and tons of kid-friendly flavors. There is something that every kid (and adult) will love!
Almond Butter Fluff Dip
I came up with this super simple dip made up of yogurt, almond butter, and chocolate chips (with a touch of cinnamon) as a way to serve a snack plate. After years of whipping peanut butter in whole Greek yogurt to make a super fluffy, frosting-like whip, I tried it with almond butter (Birch’s favorite) and added mini chocolate chips for visual temptation: what child isn’t drawn to bits of chocolate?
99% Good For You
This recipe is 99% good for you with protein and calcium from the yogurt and healthy fats from the almond butter. Feel free to use peanut or sunflower seed butter instead!
What To Serve With Your Fluff
- Sliced apples or pears
- Carrots or celery (it’s like peanut butter + celery!)
- Animal crackers
- Graham crackers (spread between two for a “cookie sandwich”)
- A spoon. I had the rest of ours for dessert!
The big kids thought it was great!
Almond Butter Fluff Dip
- 1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp almond butter make sure it's pretty drippy
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips
- Whip yogurt, almond butter, cinnamon and salt together in a bowl with a whisk.
- Stir in chocolate chips and add more on top.
- Serve with fresh fruits and veggies, crackers, or other kid-friendly snacks. Or enjoy with a spoon!
Here are some more kid-friendly dips to help your kiddos eat their veggies! They are all super easy to make.
More Healthy Dips For Kids
This Greek yogurt ranch veggie dip is made with made with dried herbs and spices that you probably already have in your pantry, and much healthier than any ranch dressing you’ll find at the supermarket.
This protein-packed edamame hummus is the perfect healthy dip to pack in your kids lunchboxes to fuel their day!
This seasonal pumpkin hummus is packed with vitamin A. It’s delicious and even looks like a cute pumpkin!
This avocado dip is quick and easy to make, super-smooth and creamy, and tastes so fresh and flavorful!
You would never know this easy cheese dip is mostly cauliflower and carrots. It’s a great way to get kids to eat veggies they might not otherwise enjoy.
This healthy peanut butter dip is just 4 ingredients and tastes like frosting! Perfect for dipping apples, pretzels or fruit.
Serve this to the kiddos as a special treat. This 4-ingredient vegan Nutella is delicious with bananas and graham crackers, and is also tasty on pancakes and waffles!
More Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids
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- Healthy Cookie Dough Bites