6 Fun After-School Snacks That Start With Frozen Pretzels
Ready or not, after-school snack season is here! We teamed up with SuperPretzel and asked some of our favorite foodie mama bloggers and Instagrammers to make recipes with frozen soft pretzels. Check out their fun ideas below and stash some SuperPretzels in your freezer for any last-minute playdates, soccer team celebrations – or just to have around because it's Wednesday.
Amy Palanjian's Dessert Pretzels
The blog: Yummy Toddler Food
The blogger: Amy Palanjian, @yummytoddlerfood
Her after-school idea: "Who needs salt when you can have sprinkles?!! My oldest starts first grade next week (eek!!) so I've been trying to pack more small moments of fun into our days. And so, more sprinkles! A drizzle of icing (simply powdered sugar and milk) over warm pretzels with sprinkles on top. We paired these with 🍓🍓 and 🥛🥛 on a recent afternoon and it was a definite highlight of the day!"
Meghan Splawn's #WillItPizza Pretzel
The blog: Stir & Scribble
The blogger: Meghan Splawn, @stirandscribble
Her after-school snack idea: "Our family's love of pizza is very real & very deep so when @rachaelraymag editors challenged me to come up with a back-to-school snack using SuperPretzels 🍕you know what I had to do. Meet the SuperPretzel pizza, your new after school BFF #willitpizza"
- 1 teaspoon pretzel salt — you'll find it in your SuperPretzel box
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 box SuperPretzel soft pretzels
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup mini pepperonis
- 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan
Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Mix up the salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning in a small bowl. Set the pretzels on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil, then sprinkle each with the seasoning mixture. Top as desired with the pepperoni and cheeses. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted bubbly. Serve with tomato sauce, if you've got it or even cherry tomatoes for happy snacking! 🍅
Stacie Billis's Pumpkin & White Chocolate Dipped Soft Pretzel
The blog: One Hungry Mama
The blogger: Stacie Billis, @staciebillis
Her after-school snack idea: "This recipe was inspired by a tip on the latest episode of the Didn't I Just Feed You podcast to offer kids a second chance at school lunch right after school. That way, you can be sure they've eaten *all* of their well balanced lunch, and the rest of their after-school snack can be pure fun. But by they way: FUN white chocolate and sprinkles aside, these babies have some pure pumpkin puree, too, which counts as some veggie. So I say this is a #parentwin, right?!"
- Neutral oil, such as grapeseed
- 1 box SuperPretzel Soft Pretzels (contains 6)
- Scant 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree, unsweetened
- Ground cinnamon, to taste (optional)
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- Sprinkles, preferably dye-free (optional, but highly recommended!)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a small sheet pan with aluminum foil for easy clean up and very lightly grease with oil. Place all 6 frozen pretzels onto the pan. (If you don't want to make all 6, place only as many as you'd like to eat onto the pan and reduce the amount of pumpkin puree to 1/4 cup.)
- Using a small pastry brush (or a spoon and your clean fingers), brush the frozen pretzels with pumpkin puree. You want enough to add flavor, but not so much that it gets gloppy! If adding cinnamon, sprinkle on top before popping the pretzels into the oven. Bake for 7 minutes.
- While the pretzels bake, melt the white chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a microwave using a wide, shallow, microwave-safe bowl.
- When the pretzels come out of the oven, allow them to cool to the touch, then dip them, pumpkin side down, into the white chocolate and cover with sprinkles. Alternatively, you can use a spoon to more carefully pour the white chocolate onto the pretzels before sprikle-fying them. Place in the fridge long enough for the chocolate to set and enjoy!"
Kim McGarry's SuperPretzel PB&J
The blog: Feeding the Fam
The blogger: Kim McGarry, @feedingthefam.blog
Her after-school snack idea: "What comes to mind when I think of back to school? Peanut Butter and Jelly! It is perfect. And delicious. And nutritious! And so simple… We all tasted it and agreed. It really is a perfect after school snack to fill the hungry bellies before they are off to their activities. My kids come home from school like they haven't eaten all day. So a small bag of fruit gummies isn't gonna do it for them. The snack has to have some substance to it. I like that the pretzel will fill them up and the peanut butter will give them protein." (See more on feedingthefam.blog)
- 4 big SuperPretzels
- Peanut butter (no stir with no hydrogenated oil)
- Jelly (non-GMO natural concord grape spread)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place 2 pretzels with the top side up and 2 pretzels with the top side down. (Top side meaning the side you salt). Lightly moisten the top of the 2 pretzels that have the top side up and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 4 minutes, then broil for 2 more minutes.
- When it's done, take a wide metal spatula and flatten each pretzel so it's thin and crispy. (I like everything crispy. It also makes it easier for the kids to hold and eat.) Let it cool for 2-3 minutes so that the peanut butter and jelly don't slide right off.
- Spread peanut butter on the 2 pretzels without the salt. Carefully spread the jelly on top of the peanut butter.
- Place the salted pretzels on top of the unsalted pretzels to make a sandwich. Slice in half and serve! I served each half with a side of fruit and their choice of milk (plain, chocolate or strawberry).
Barbe Brown Morris's Pepperoni Pretzel Pizzas
The 'grammer: Barbe Brown Morris, @thehousewifebarbe
Her after-school snack idea: "Here's what I came up with: Pepperoni Pretzel Pizzas 🍕 Delicious and simple! This is a wonderful and easy after school snack."
- 1 box of SuperPretzels, found in the freezer section at the grocery store
- 1 bag of mini pepperonis
- 1 bag of shredded mozzarella
- Your favorite marinara (you can make your own, of course, or just grab your favorite jar at the store)
- Preheat oven to 400
- Place frozen pretzels on baking sheet and place in preheated oven for about 3 minutes
- Take out and sprinkle pretzels with cheese
- Let the cheese melt a minute then add pepperonis! The melted cheese helps the pepperonis stick!
- Place back in oven for 2 minutes
- Take out and sprinkle with parsley or Parmesan and serve with marinara for dipping!
Roberta Pipito's Sweet & Savory Dips
The blog: Homemade Delish
The blogger: Roberta Pipito, @homemadedelish
Her after-school snack ideas: "Back to school is upon us which means after-school snacks. Below you will find two of my dip recipes: a healthy peanut butter dip using only three ingredients and an herbed goat cheese dip that's perfect for all ages."
- 1 5.3oz plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon crunchy or creamy peanut butter, or desired spread
- 1 teaspoon honey or agave
In a small mix all of the above ingredients. Enjoy 😉
- 6oz goat cheese
- 3 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
- 1/4 cup parsley
- 1/4 cup chives
- 5 basil leaves
- 1 small garlic cloves, optional
In a food processor add all of the above ingredients. Blend until well incorporated. Pour into an oven safe dish. Place under the broiler for 5 min.
Now it's your turn! What would you make with SuperPretzels? What are some of your go-to after-school snack ideas? Tell us in the comments below!