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Picky eaters! Temper tantrums! Toddlers can be a hard crowd to please. We rounded up a half dozen toddlers to test the best snacks for toddlers. Looking for healthy snacks, we judged the snacks on taste, nutrition and value.

Our toddler testers turned up their collective noses at many good-for-you snacks, so these winners had a tough bar to reach! Here are the best bets.

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Best Whole Grain Toddler Snack

Yum! Organic with fruity flavors
Loved these "Belgian" inspired snacks, whose fruity flavor was a hit with our toddler testers. Critics note they have added sugar (3 grams) and are a bit bland.
$3.99 ($1.27 / Ounce)

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Best Whole Grain Toddler Snack: Sprout Organic Wafflez

Among all the whole grain snacks we tested with actual toddlers, these waffles came out on top. Sprout touts these as a “reimagined Belgian snack.” Our testers though they tasted much like graham crackers. 

You get five waffles in the box. They contain organic wheat flour, palm oil, cane sugar, blueberry puree, apple puree, whole eggs, chickpea flour, brown rice syrup, sea salt, sunflower lecithin, lemon oil, baking soda, 3 grams of added sugar (12% of RDA), and 45 mg. salt (3% RDA).

What We Liked

• Yummy!

• Organic and dairy-free.

• Individually wrapped. That makes them good for an on-the-go snack.

• No artificial flavors or dyes. No concentrates. 

• Multiple flavors available. Our testers like the blueberry apple ones best.

What Needs Work

• Added sugar and salt.

• Too crumbly, said more than one of our testers. That means even though they are individually wrapped and good for travel, the crumbs might be frustrating for parents.

• Too bland, said a few of our testers. That wasn’t the majority opinion, but we see the point.

• Not for kids with wheat or egg allergies.

• Pricey.

Best Fruit Toddler Snack

Like a fruit rollup without the junk
Healthy fruit chew without added sugar or salt won over our toddler testers. Coating keeps them from being sticky, but a few critics say the crispy rice texture misses mark.

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Best Fruit Toddler Snack: Sprout Organic Crispy Chews

Anything that is fruity and chewy is a top favorite of most toddlers—but how do you find a fruit snack that isn’t loaded with extra sugar? Sprouts Organic Crispy Chews were the top choice among the healthier fruit snacks we tested. Basically, these taste like a fruit roll-up without all the junk.

These snacks are made from crispy whole grain rice mixed with dried fruits and veggies. They include organic apple puree concentrate, apple juice concentrate, raspberry puree, strawberry juice concentrate, red beet juice concentrate, organic crisped rice flour, cellulose powder and citrus pectin.

What We Liked

• Very tasty!

• Gluten free, dairy free, no eggs. These vegan snacks also have no added sugar or salt.

 Not sticky. Thanks to the cellulose powder that coats these snacks, they aren’t sticky. That was a flaw of many fruit snacks we tested.

• Single serve portions are individually packaged.  Great for travel.

What Needs Work

• Pricey.

• Small serving size.

• Texture prompted some toddler dissent. While nearly all of our toddler testers like these fruity chews, a small minority objected to the crisp rice texture. Well, you can’t please everyone!

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Best Cookie Toddler Snack

Tasty cookie without the guilt
Pouches of applesauce got the thumbs up from our toddler testers, who liked the 3 flavors. Parents liked simple ingredients with no high fructose corn syrup.
$17.99 ($0.75 / Ounce)

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Best Cookie Toddler Snack: MySuperCookies Organic Whole Grain Healthy Snacks

Toddlers and cookies go together like traffic and weather. We tried out several healthy cookie snacks before deciding MySuperCookies snacks were the best.

Individually wrapped servings come in a box with 24 packs in three flavors: blueberry vanilla, chocolate and honey.

They contain organic wheat flour, chia seeds, quinoa, refined coconut oil, honey, brown rice flour, brown rice syrup, sunflower oil, baobab, baking soda, sea salt, vitamin E (preservative), monk fruit extract, dried blueberries. They are nut free made in nut free facility as well as egg and dairy free.

One note: these snacks are nut free but contain coconut oil. Coconuts are, of course, nuts! But the oil used in these snacks is refined and approved to be called nut free.

What We Liked

• Chocolate flavor was a fave!

• Animal cracker look-a-likes without the junk that’s in animal crackers!

• No salt. Egg and dairy free! Caveat: although these cookies are dairy free, they are made in a facility that processes dairy.

• No nuts. And they are made in a nut-free facility, which is unusual.

What’s Needs Work

• Chalky. A few dissenters said the cookies were hard; others thought they had just the right amount of crisp.

• 7 grams of sugar per serving. On the plus side, that’s about 30% less sugar than a similar serving of Oreos.

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Best On-The-Go Toddler Snack

Handy pouches, yummy taste
Pouches of applesauce got the thumbs up from our toddler testers, who liked the 3 flavors. Parents liked simple ingredients with no high fructose corn syrup.
$14.35 ($0.22 / Ounce)

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Best On-The-Go Toddler Snack: GoGo squeeze Applesauce on the Go

Snacks that are portable and NOT messy are the holy grail of toddler foods. In our search for the best on-the-go toddler snack, we pick GoGo applesauce pouches as the best bet. They were a hit with our testers.

These snacks come in three flavors: apple banana, apple and apple strawberry.

The ingredients include apple, apple puree concentrate and lemon juice concentrate; other flavors have either banana or strawberry plus black current.

What We Liked

• Very yummy without being too sweet.

• 100% real fruit. 

• Gluten free, nut free, dairy free, no high fructose corn syrup.

• Pouches are re-closable. The pouches are also easy to open.

• Variety pack of flavors.

What Needs Work

• 12 g of sugar per pouch.

• Check for expiration dates. Because these snacks do not contain preservatives, they only have so much shelf life.

• More expensive than regular applesauce and your own containers.

• Pouches are not recyclable.

• Don’t overdo it with pouches. For development reasons, toddlers must learn how to use utensils. Pouches are convenient, but should only be used in moderation!

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