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The school bell rings, and the charge of feet is like a herd of tiny rhinoceroses as everyone leaves the school gates and heads home after another long day of learning.

Primary school kids come home from school ready to eat a sibling if they don’t get a quick and substantial snack, so I suggest you have something ready and waiting to avert the disaster.

Often primary aged children have homework, play dates or after school activities so you need something they can shovel down, refuel and get back out there (and out of your hair) to expend the last of that energy before we slide on in for a landing at the end of the day.

These great snacks for primary schoolers can be thrown together last minute, or cooked a day or two in advance to ensure you’re never caught short.

Corn or Rice Cakes with Cream Cheese, Sliced Banana and Honey

This one takes me back to my childhood. My Mama used to also make jaffles out of this combination. If you like you can also sprinkle with sesame seeds.


Secret Squirrel Savoury Muffins

I have named these as such because I’ve stashed vegetables in there, not mashed Squirrels. You can change the mix any way you think would suit your family (or whatever you have in the fridge) as I’ve made a million different combinations of this and they are all delicious.

spiced sultana cookies

Spiced Sultana Cookies

These biscuits are awesome for hungry hippos. They’re low in sugar, with a big mouthful of oats and puffed brown rice making them low GI and quite good for you but without tasting boring and heathy.

There’s nothing worse than a healthy tasting biscuit, right?

Easy and quick to make, great for the lunch box and will store airtight for up to 5 days… but I bet they don’t last that long.

Flamingo Dip and Vegetable Fingers

Children love vibrant food and this lurid pink dip is most certainly that!

Whipped up n two seconds flat, this is yummy with crackers or bread also.

What you will need:

  • 1 tin beetroot
  • 2 tablespoons natural Greek yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish cream

What you will need to do:

Pop your ingredients into a food processor and wizz it all up until it’s smooth and delicious. Serve with vegetables of your choice.


Italian Bread & Butter Pudding

This is pudding has no sugar and just a little honey, or maple syrup but the fruit gives it a nice sweetness. Can be eaten with custard or icecream, but I just slice it and go.

This recipe is a great example of something that’s in my book, Cook Once Feed All but never went on the blog.

What you will need:

  • 4 slices of wholemeal good-quality bread, buttered on one side
  • 2 tablespoons sultanas, or other dried fruit, finely chopped
  • ½ a pear or apple, cored and chopped. Leave the skin on.
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 big tablespoon honey, or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme, or ½ teaspoon dried grated zest of half an orange
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 450ml milk
  • a drizzle of olive oil

What you will need to to do:

  1. Pre-heat the oven 180°C
  2. Cut the slices of bread into halves or quarters and line the bottom of a greased ovenproof dish with a layer of bread, using half the bread. Place it buttered side up
  3. Sprinkle with your dried fruit and chopped apple or pear and sprinkle with your herbs
  4. Whisk eggs, honey, zest, cinnamon and milk in a bowl and pour over the bread. Leave it aside for half an hour to soak up the soak and infuse flavours.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil and bake in the oven until golden – About half an hour or so.

For more inspiration for feeding your family head over to Keeping Up With The Holsbys and check out all of my other scrumptious ideas.

Alternatively, you can buy my book and have me in your kitchen to help you out all of the time. Head to the Holsby Shop now!

  • I’m always looking for new ideas, even though our Punks are great eaters. Thank you for sharing!


  • Yum yum yum, these are great afternoon snacks for adults too!


  • Thanks for sharing these ideas. Just be careful with corn and rice cakes. If you prepare them in advance, they can get soggy.


  • Ooh yummy, some lovely recipes here.


  • Secret Squirrel Savoury Muffins look so good and tasty.


  • they all sound great thank you for the recipes


  • Thanks for the ideas. I make a version of bread & butter pudding by spreading jam (any sort) on stale bread instead of the butter, layering the bread with the sultanas & cinnamon, and soaking with the milk and eggs. Very keen to try your suggestion.


  • SOme great recipes and ideas – thanks


  • I would prefer hommus than Beetroot which can stain uniforms. What a silly recommendation!


  • Wow i could go for one of those spiced sultana cookies right now..yumm. thanks for sharing this wonderful article.


  • They are very great ideas.


  • Good to get some new recipes – will definitely be trying some of these.


  • wow nice tips, loved the vegetable fingers, thanks for sharing


  • Thanks for sharing this article; love the spiced sultana cookies. Will give them a go as they look yummy!


  • Such great ideas – I always run out of ideas for after school snacks. Use up all my good ideas for lunches.


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