Easy, After School Snacks for Kids

I’m excited to bring you a guest feature for this week’s edition of What’s Cooking with CALYgirl!

Meet my friend Kerry Bennink. Kerry is the mother of two, wife to Ryan, amateur chef, volunteer, self-professed planner nerd and even though she doesn’t like to admit this lately – lover of all things University of Tennessee sports! Go Vols!

She is also a direct sales professional and an upper-level leader with a team of over 150 consultants throughout the United States with the world-renowned Direct Sales company, Pampered Chef.

Today Kerry is sharing her favorite easy, after school snacks for kids. Scroll through to the end to learn how to connect with Kerry for even more wonderful recipes and how to get your hands on these fabulous kitchen tools!

No-Bake Granola Bars


  • 1½ cups (375 mL) old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) agave nectar or honey
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil or melted butter
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Total add-ins:
    Chopped nuts, dried fruit, chocolate morsels, crushed pretzels, crushed cereal, and/or sweetened flaked coconut


  1. Heat the 12” (30-cm) Nonstick Skillet over medium heat for 3–5 minutes. Toast the oats (and nuts, if using) for about 4–6 minutes, or until browned and fragrant.
  2. Remove the oats and nuts from the skillet and add them to a mixing bowl. Add the remaining add-ins.
  3. Microwave the brown sugar, honey, and oil in a small microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for about 1 minute, or until bubbling. Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture; mix well.
  4. Use the Large Scoop to transfer the mixture into the wells of the Snack Bar Maker. Press down with the Mini Nylon Serving Spatula. Chill the tray in the freezer for about 10 minutes, or in the refrigerator until set.

Milk and Cereal Bars



  • 2 cups (500 mL) Cheerios
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) creamy nut butter
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) honey or agave nectar
  • ½ cup (125 mL) freeze-dried strawberries


  • ¾ cup (175 mL) white chocolate morsels or yogurt chips
  • ½ tbsp (7 mL) coconut oil


  1. Combine the cereal and strawberries in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Microwave the nut butter and honey in a small microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for about 30–45 seconds, or until bubbling. Pour over the cereal mixture and mix well to combine.
  3. Use the Large Scoop to transfer the mixture into wells of the Snack Bar Maker and press down with the Mini Nylon Serving Spatula. Chill the tray, cover, in the freezer for about 10 minutes, or in the refrigerator until the bars are set.
  4. Heat the white chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl until melted in 30-second intervals. Drizzle over the bars and place them back in the refrigerator, uncovered, until set or let stand on the counter.

Breakfast Smoothie Quicksicles


  • ½   banana
  • 2 oz. (60 g) fresh strawberries
  • ½ cup (125 mL) orange juice
  •  Optional toppings: honey or granola


  1. Place the banana and strawberries in the Manual Food Processor and process until very finely chopped. Add the juice and process until combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into the wells of the Quicksicle Maker and freeze until set. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with granola.

All photos and recipes are courtesy of Pampered Chef.

Please tag @calygirlstyld and #what’scookingwithcalygirl when you make yours!

More about Kerry…

Prior to starting a family, she worked in corporate America for many years. After exiting the corporate scene, she was looking for a way to use her talents and business acumen and have the flexibility to be with her family.

Starting only with a business kit and a love for the products in 2017, she grew to be a 7-figure sales producer helping hundreds of men and women earn additional monthly income and create financial freedom for them and their families. She is in the top 1% of sales consultants worldwide. 

Want to touch base with Kerry about anything you saw here or for more recipe ideas?
email: kerryscrazykitchen@gmail.com or order online anytime: www.pamperedchef.com/pws/kbennink

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