Easy Picnic Finger Food Recipe Ideas For Kids

Inside: Fun and easy picnic finger food recipe ideas that kids and adults alike will love!  Not only are these recipes simple to throw together, but they are healthy, too! So make sure to keep reading so you can grab these awesome ideas for your next picnic to make the whole family happy!

Easy Picnic Finger Food Recipe Ideas For Kids

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If you’re a parent, you know that as soon as that weather hits that sweet spot where you can spend the whole day outside, then it’s time to bust out the outdoor activities. And what better way to spend time outside than with a fun summer picnic?

One of my family’s favorite activities is to pack up a picnic basket with some good food and find a good spot to grub with the kids. It’s super simple and a great way to switch up lunchtime.

And I gathered a huge list of the best foods to pack for your family picnic. 

Whether you’re heading to the beach, the park, or just your own backyard, a picnic is a great opportunity to get the whole family together and enjoy some quality time.

And with kids in tow, it’s important to make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand to keep everyone happy and satisfied.

Below, I’ll share some easy and delicious snack ideas that are perfect for summer picnics with kids. Plus, these summer snack ideas are so easy that you don’t need a recipe to follow.

Most recipes don’t even call for you to go to the grocery store, because you will most likely already have the ingredients at home. From fresh fruit and fresh veggies to fun and creative treats, I’ve got you covered.

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Why Choose Finger Foods for Picnics

When getting ready for your picnic, what I’ve come to learn is that finger foods are your best friend!

They eliminate the need for utensils, making your outdoor feast hassle-free and fun.

Plus, kids adore the novelty of eating with their hands, transforming mealtime into an exciting adventure. From savory snacks like mini sandwiches and veggie sticks with dip to sweet treats like fruit skewers, finger foods keep things simple, enjoyable, and mess-free.

Picnic Finger Food Recipe Ideas Kids Will Love

Alright, let’s go over favorite foods for your upcoming picnic spread! These easy picnic food ideas contain super easy recipes with simple ingredients.

Veggie Options

  • Ants on a Log:  To make ants on a log, spread peanut butter or cream cheese onto celery sticks and sprinkle raisins on top. For a fun twist, you can swap out the raisins for things such as chopped nuts or dried cranberries.
  • Caprese skewers: Thread cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and small mozzarella balls onto wooden skewers. Drizzle with balsamic glaze or olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cucumber sushi: Cucumber sushi is a fun and healthy snack that’s perfect for a picnic. Simply slice a cucumber lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Fill the hollowed-out cucumber with sushi rice and your favorite veggies, such as avocado, carrot, or cucumber. Roll up the cucumber and slice it into bite-sized pieces. This creative and refreshing snack is a great way to get kids to try new foods.
  • Bell Pepper Boats: Slice up red peppers into thick strips and fill them with cream cheese and chopped vegetable mixture
  • Veggie cups: Veggie cups are a great way to get kids to eat their vegetables. Simply fill small plastic cups with chopped veggies, such as carrots, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes, and add a dollop of ranch or hummus for dipping. These portable and colorful cups are a healthy and convenient snack that can be easily packed for a picnic.
  • Tortilla chips and pico de Gallo. This one is great because you get the salty crunch from the chip and veggies from the dip without compromising flavor.
  • Veggie Nuggets: Blend mixed vegetables, shape into nuggets, coat in breadcrumbs, and bake.
  • Carrot Fries: Cut carrots into fries, toss with olive oil, and bake until crispy.
  • Broccoli Cheese Bites: Mix chopped broccoli with cheese and breadcrumbs and bake until crispy.
  • Crispy Green Bean Chips: Toss green beans in olive oil and parmesan, and bake until crispy.
picnic veggie options

Fruit Options

  • Frozen Banana Pops: Dip a peeled banana into yogurt, roll it in crushed cereal or chocolate chips, and freeze.
  • Peanut Butter Apples: Just spread peanut butter on apple slices, and you’ve got a great snack.
  • Fruit Skewers: Chop up fruits like strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, and grapes, and slide them onto wooden skewers. For an added touch, you can drizzle melted chocolate over the skewers.
  • Fruit Cone: Fill a waffle cone with fruit chunks. Top with a yogurt of your choice.
  • Watermelon pizza: Cut a thick slice of watermelon and spread some Greek yogurt on top. Then, add toppings like berries, chopped nuts, and honey. Cut the watermelon into pizza slices and serve. 
  • Peachy Freeze Cups: Blend peaches with a bit of honey and freeze them in small cups.
  • Berry Fruit Roll-Ups: Puree mixed berries, spread thinly on a baking sheet, and oven-dry at a low temperature to make homemade fruit leather.
  • Kiwi Pops: Slice kiwi into rounds, insert a popsicle stick in each, dip half in dark chocolate, and freeze.
  • Berry & Cream Cheese Sandwiches: Spread cream cheese on small whole-grain crackers and top with a raspberry or blueberry.
  • Tropical Fruit Skewers: Skewer chunks of pineapple, mango, and papaya; sprinkle with coconut shavings.
  • Grape Jelly Snack Bites: Use a melon baller to scoop out grape halves and fill them with yogurt or cream cheese, then freeze.
picnic fruit options

Grains & Cereals Options

  • Trail Mix: Mix together nuts, such as almonds, cashews, and peanuts, with some dried fruit, such as raisins or cranberries, and some chocolate chips or M&Ms. You can also add some pretzels or popcorn for a salty crunch.
  • Oatmeal Mix: Stir dried cranberries, brown sugar, and chopped walnuts into instant oatmeal.
  • Granola bars: Mix together rolled oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, along with some honey or maple syrup to bind everything together. Press the mixture into a baking dish and bake until golden brown. Once cooled, cut into bars and wrap in parchment paper for a portable snack. 
  • Peanut Butter Energy Balls: Mix together peanut butter, rolled oats, honey, and chocolate chips in a bowl. Roll the mixture into balls and let them chill in the fridge until firm. 
  • Turkey Roll-Up: Spread mustard on a tortilla, add a slice of turkey, cheese, and any other toppings you want, then roll it up.
  • Mini Rice Cake Stacks: Layer mini rice cakes with peanut butter and thinly sliced banana.
  • Cheesy Popcorn Mix: Toss popcorn with grated parmesan and a light sprinkle of Italian seasoning.
  • Oatmeal Cookie Balls: Blend rolled oats, raisins, peanut butter, and honey; roll into bite-sized balls and chill.
  • Quinoa Pizza Bites: Mix cooked quinoa, beaten eggs, pizza toppings, and cheese; bake in mini muffin tins until crispy.

Dairy & Cheese Options

  • Cheese and Apple Pita: Stuff a whole-grain pita with ricotta cheese or burrata and Granny Smith apple slices. Add cinnamon and honey (optional)
  • Snack Kabobs: Add cubes of cheese and grapes on pretzel sticks.
  • Berry yogurt bark: Spread Greek yogurt on a baking sheet, add a layer of sliced berries and sprinkle with granola or nuts. Freeze until firm, then break into pieces and enjoy.
  • String Cheese Bites: Cut string cheese into bite-sized pieces and serve with a side of marinara for dipping.
  • Cheese Cube and Grape Skewers: Skewer alternating cheese cubes and grapes on small sticks.
  • Frozen Yogurt Drops: Dot yogurt onto a baking sheet and freeze; a cool treat!
  • Pizza Bites: Top slices of baguette with pizza sauce, cheese, and mini pepperoni, then bake.
  • Cheesy Tortilla: Sprinkle-grated Monterey Jack cheese over a corn tortilla, microwave, and top with salsa.
  • Cucumber Cream Cheese Boats: Halve cucumbers lengthwise, hollow them out, and fill them with herbed cream cheese.
Yogurt Bark

Savory Snacks

  • Pita and Hummus Dip: Simply cut pita bread into wedges. Serve with store-bought or homemade hummus. You can also add sliced fresh vegetables, such as cucumbers or bell peppers, and carrots for extra crunch.
  • Ham and cheese roll-ups: Roll sliced ham and cheese together and secure with a toothpick.
  • Mini quiche: Whisk together eggs, milk, cheese, and your favorite veggies, such as spinach or bell peppers, in a muffin tin. Bake until golden brown and let them cool before packing them for the picnic.
  • Whole Grain Crackers with Avocado Dip: Serve crunchy whole grain crackers with a side of homemade guacamole for dipping.
  • Cheesy Breadsticks: Twist strips of puff pastry with cheese and bake until golden.
  • Chicken Quesadilla Slices: Make chicken quesadillas and cut into bite-sized wedges. Bring sour cream for dipping if you would like!
  • Popcorn Chicken Bites: Homemade or store-bought, served with a side of ketchup or honey mustard for dipping.
  • Savory Muffin Bites: Bake mini muffins with cheese, bacon bits, and finely chopped spinach.
  • Dill pickles: Enough said. A dill pickle is always a good idea.

Sweet Snacks

  • Banana Graham Sandwich: Take graham crackers and sandwich yogurt and banana slices between them. Put them in the freezer to harden.
  • Rocky Road: Add graham cracker pieces and miniature marshmallows to a chocolate pudding packet.
  • Chocolate Avocado Truffles: Mix mashed avocado with cocoa powder and honey, roll into balls, and coat with crushed nuts or cocoa powder.
  • Rice Krispie Treats: Make with colorful mini marshmallows for a fun twist.
  • Mini Muffins: Bake in flavors like banana, blueberry, or chocolate chip.
  • Fruit and Marshmallow Skewers: Skewer alternating pieces of fruit and marshmallows.
  • Chocolate Pudding Cups: Serve in small cups with a sprinkle of crushed cookies on top.
  • Frozen Fruit Pops: Blend together a mix of fruits with a bit of juice or yogurt, pour into popsicle molds, and freeze. 
  • Apple Nachos: Slice apples into thin rounds and arrange them on a platter. Drizzle with peanut butter, honey, and chocolate chips for a sweet and satisfying snack. You can also add chopped nuts or dried fruit.
  • Chocolate-dipped pretzels: Melt chocolate chips, and dip pretzel rods into the melted chocolate. Sprinkle with sprinkles or crushed nuts for extra crunch. Let the chocolate cool and harden before packing them for the picnic.

Additional picnic ideas

We’re not stopping at just finger foods because there are two more categories that I think are important to include: salad ideas and packaged snacks.

Picnic Salad Ideas

  • Chicken Salad Sandwich Bites: Serve scoops of creamy chicken salad between mini whole-grain bread slices for a nutritious and kid-friendly finger food.
  • Tuna Salad Cups: Mix flaked tuna with a light mayo dressing, diced celery, and a squeeze of lemon; serve in lettuce cups for a refreshing bite.
  • Ambroisa Salad Skewers: Thread chunks of melon, berries, grapes, and pineapple on skewers for an easy-to-eat fruit salad option.
  • Chickpea Salad sandwich bite: Combine chickpeas, black beans, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and a tangy vinaigrette; stuff into mini pita pockets or in between bread. Add feta cheese for extra flavor.
  • Pasta Salad Bites: Toss cooked mini pasta shapes with diced veggies, cubes of cheese, and Italian dressing; serve in small cups.
  • Broccoli Salad Wraps: Fill whole grain tortilla wraps with a mix of chopped broccoli, bacon bits, shredded cheese, and a light creamy dressing, then cut into pinwheel slices. Add sesame seeds or sunflower seeds for an added touch.
  • Potato Salad Scoops: Creamy potato salad served in small lettuce leaves or cups for an easy-to-handle version of the classic dish.

And for those times when you’re looking for convenience without compromising on health, there are plenty of packaged snack options that are perfect for picnics and also kid-approved.

For more ideas, don’t forget to check out Toddler Approved Healthy Snacks You Can Find On Amazon for a curated list of great finds that can save you time and keep your little ones happy and healthy!

MOM TIP: Make sure to pack ice packs to keep foods cold, and to pack things like baggies or plastic wrap for quick clean-up. 

Final Thoughts – The Best Picnic Food Ideas

So there you have it – a list of delicious finger food to create the perfect picnic for your family.

These simple yet delicious options will make a great addition for family outings, letting you focus more on creating memories and less on clean-up. So, at your next picnic, pick some fresh veggies, juicy fruits, and easy-to-eat snacks from the list, and you’ll be all set for a great day.

Ready to make your outdoor dining experience unforgettable? Let’s do it!

 

I’d love to hear your go-to picnic recipes and experiences! Share your favorites in the comments, and let’s inspire each other with new ideas.  Let’s make our next picnic the best one yet, with tasty, nutritious, and kid-approved finger foods. Happy picnicking!

Oh, and if you’re looking for even more healthy eating tips, check out https://www.myplate.gov/ for a wealth of resources.

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