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Healthy Summer Treats for Kids

Summer is such a great time of year. The kids are out of school and we get to spend more time together as a family. The problem is that the kids often want not-so-healthy summer treats from the ice cream truck or at the movies. My kids and I came up with some healthy snack ideas that the entire family can enjoy. We decided on a variety of Cheerios flavors to add sweetness without a high dose of sugar.

Healthy Summer Treats for Kids

Healthy Snack Ideas for Summertime Fun

Recently, we have had quite the heat wave. Staying indoors with the A/C on has been a MUST. I challenged the kids to come up with some healthy summer treat ideas of their own. We decided to use different flavors of Cheerios for each recipe.

First up, my son, who loves bananas, came up with a fun take on a banana split. He calls these Rainbow Bananas. They are super easy to make and even more fun to eat. I could barely keep them around to take some photos before he devoured them.

Healthy Snack Ideas for Summertime Fun

Rainbow Bananas

Serves 2


  • 2 bananas
  • 6 fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons Strawberry Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fruity Cheerios


Core center of each banana. Fill with strawberry yogurt. Sprinkle Fruity Cheerios on top. Add 3 fresh raspberries to each banana treat. Enjoy!

Healthy Snack Ideas for Summertime Fun

My son is a super picky eater. I was so happy that he came up with a healthy treat that he loves. He can be proud of his creation. I’ll be challenging to come up with more healthy snack ideas as we head into the back-to-school season as well.

My daughter came up with an idea she calls “Apply Cinnamon Man.” Isn’t he cute? Apple cinnamon are two of my favorite flavors so I was happy to help her eat these as well. She had fun making this creation. She even helped take the pictures. Getting the kids involved makes them so much more committed to trying something new. This recipe is entirely gluten free as well. My daughter has a friend who has a gluten sensitivity so she is excited to serve these when she comes over.

Healthy Snack Ideas for Summertime Fun

Apple Cinnamon Man


  • 1/2 cup Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
  • 8 apple cinnamon rice crips
  • 1 tablespoon organic peanut butter
  • 1 apple slice


Apply the peanut butter to the rice crisps. Cover the mouth liberally with Apple Cinnamon Cheerios. Create eyes with one in the middle if each. Add an apple slice for the nose. He’s almost too cute to eat.

Healthy Snack Ideas for Summertime Fun

I was inspired by a recipe on the Cheerios website. They are super refreshing during these hot days. My kids love them too, but this first serving was all mine. LOL!

Frozen Grapes with Yogurt


  • 12 green grapes, frozen
  • small natural yogurt
  • cup frosted Cheerios cereal
  • 12 blueberries


Pierce each grape with a toothpick. Dip in natural yogurt. Decorate with Frosted Cheerios and top with a fresh blueberry. Enjoy!

Healthy Snack Ideas for Summertime Fun

I hope we’ve inspired you to snack a bit healthier this summer.
What healthy summer treats can you think up?

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  1. Those are great snack ideas. My daughter would love those rainbow bananas..

  2. We love Cheerios. You have gotten very creative with your cereal snacking ideas. I love the frozen grape and banana snacks. I think my kids will love them.

  3. I’ve never thought about using Cheerios in snack recipes. I can’t wait to try these for the kids after school snacks.

  4. Jenny says:

    Love all of these snack ideas with cheerios. They look healthy and yummy! And especially fun for the kiddos.

  5. ricci says:

    These looks like yummy, healthy snacks!! I could definite go for that banana right now!!

  6. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This sounds like a great healthy snack. The Cheerios are what my kids always loved to snack on when they were little. I will have to share this post with my sister and nieces. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

  7. There’s so much that you can do with cheerios! Who knew! I love the snack ideas and it’s nice that you incorporated fresh fruits, that’s really healthy and it’s the perfect snack for kids, especially after school or after an activity filled day.

  8. Heather says:

    Oh there’s lots that you can do with Cheerios! All these ideas look delicious!

  9. Denise says:

    This is great for the summer. I am so happy that you shared these with us. It is fun.

  10. Pam says:

    I love the rainbow bananas. What a fun and healthy twist on the classic banana split. I bet kids would love them.

  11. Cathy M says:

    The rainbow bananas are seriously so cute! What a fun and healthy snack idea for kids for the summer!

  12. It’s so important to keep the kids entertained and nourished during summer. I love these snack ideas.The frozen grapes sounds delicious and easy to make!

  13. Lisa JOnes says:

    Adorable Ideas Love The Rainbow Bananas I Bet The Kids Would Love Them Thank You For Sharing!

  14. What a great way to get the children motivated in keeping themselves healthy!

  15. I love these! I especially love you are challenging your kids to come up with healthier snacks. As a stepmom, this is sometimes a challenge. What is okay at the other house, doesn’t really fly here as far as definitions of snacks go. What a great idea. We have tons of blackberries and blueberries from berry picking, so I will definitely be trying these. We *just* bought Cheerios at Walmart yesterday LOL!

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