Quick and Easy Pantry Snack Ideas Using Staples

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If you’re a mom then you know that you must have easy snacks on hand for your kids. Since I have seven kids, I’ve learned the importance of keeping pantry staples on hand that I can easily turn into my kids favorite snacks! Better yet, now that my kids are getting older they can make their own snacks with just a few simple ingredients. Today I’m going to share my favorite easy pantry snack ideas for when that snack time craving hits!

Pantry snack ideas

Healthy Snacks from the Pantry

If you’re looking for healthy snacks to keep in the pantry, you can always keep a few grab and go options available so you can quickly whip up the perfect snack. 

Here are some of the staples we always keep in our pantry:

  • Peanut butter
  • Almond butter
  • Maple Syrup
  • Dark chocolate
  • Oats
  • Tortilla chips
  • Chocolate chips
  • Mixed nuts

Of course, you can also keep a lot of pre-made snacks in the pantry that are easy to just grab and go. We really love granola bars, but even a simple bag of chips or pretzels paired with some hummus can make a quick snack when you’re really hungry. We also like to keep protein bars on hand, as well.

Healthy Snack Recipes

Need some yummy recipes for your snack break? One of my favorite pantry snacks to make is energy bites. This easy recipe combines honey, peanut butter, oats, and chocolate chips for a high protein snack that the whole family just loves!

We also really love to make candied nuts for a yummy pantry snack. 

If you’re looking for a crunchy snack grab some pumpkin seeds.

You also can’t go wrong with popcorn. We use our popcorn machine just about every single day. We keep different seasonings on hand such as sea salt, nutritional yeast, and sometimes even ranch seasoning or Old Bay.

Sweet Snack Ideas

What about simple sweet snack ideas? Keep some milk chocolate chips on hand in glass jars in your kitchen pantry and grab a few when you need something sweet. 

Dried fruit is another great pantry staple when you have a sweet tooth.

We also like to make fancy toast. We simply toast some regular bread and top it with cinnamon and sugar. You can keep a variety of sweet spreads in your pantry such as apple butter, jellies, and jams to top your toast, biscuits, or scones! If you keep rice cakes in your pantry, you can top those, as well! 

We also really like to keep trail mix on hand for a yummy, healthy snack!

Peanut butter is probably my biggest high-protein snack. When we’re in a rush and really just need a high-protein snack we’ll have a spoonful of peanut butter. I think peanut butter or any nut butter is a great source of protein and it’s shelf stable.

Salty Snacks

If you need some salty snack ideas, here are my favorites for the well-stocked pantry.

  • Pretzels
  • Snack pack with chips and a jerky stick
  • Cheese crackers
  • ​Ritz crackers
  • Look for high protein dips to add to your chips and pretzels.
Cheap snacks for kids

Do you need snack ideas for your kids? Check out our Cheap Snacks for Kids to Buy and Make at Home.

Snack Organization Ideas

One of the biggest dilemmas when it comes to the pantry is figuring out how to organize all of the food. In our current home we only have a couple of upper kitchen cabinets for a pantry. I use wire baskets to categorize food and attempt to keep them in order.

If you have a larger pantry and a pantry door, you could always organize different snacks with shoe organizers or another type of door organizer. 

After school snack station

​Snack storage ideas can also include glass jars and containers to keep up with your flour, sugar, and other staple items. This after school snack station is pretty cool, too.

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