10 Upcycled Snacks Kids Will Love

Looking to save the planet and feed your kiddos something healthy? These sustainable snacks are the perfect combo.

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April 12, 2022

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It’s nothing new that food waste is a huge problem. Luckily innovations like upcycling food have become much more prevalent in the snack aisle. Unfamiliar with upcycling? Upcycling refers to the process of taking an imperfect or excess product that would otherwise be wasted and turning it into a new, delicious treat. These snacks are so yummy that we bet even the pickiest kid will enjoy these treats. Here are 10 upcycled snacks perfect for the whole family.


This company has little need to upcycle instead they use the whole fruit from the beginning in all of their chewy and crunchy fruit snacks, which results in zero waste. That’s right, these fruit chips in orange, kiwi and apple, use the entire fruit, skin included for these delightfully crispy fruit chips. Kids will love them and you may want to steal a few to jazz up your charcuterie plate.

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Ice cream is a pretty universal favorite amongst the smaller set, and this version by Beckon will be no exception. Not only is it lactose-free, but it’s made with imperfectly shaped Unreal peanut butter cups that otherwise would have gone to waste! We promise nobody will care about the shapes of these chocolate peanut butter gems when they’re indulging.

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Kids love fruit chews and this version is actually loaded with imperfect fruits and vegetables from local farms that would have gone to waste. In fact, in each bag you’ll help save four carrots, two beets, one sweet potato, half a squash, and half a pumpkin. That’s some major veggie power! The nostalgic strawberry taste will keep those veggies well-disguised for the pickiest of kids.

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Crackers made from upcycled carrot peels and carrot pulp may sound strange but you won’t even notice (and neither will your kids) when you are crunching on these savory crackers. The carrot bits are combined with upcycled oat milk flour to create Seconds, a delicious second act for some of what would normally be discarded. In original, everything and chipotle ranch, there is something for the simple to the adventurous kid.

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Spudsy is on a mission to save the sweet potatoes that may not look perfect enough for grocery store shelves but are still delicious enough to turn into a snack. They come in a variety of sweet potato driven snacks from puffs to fries, in flavors like ranch or vegan cheese. Kids will love the crunch and parents will love that these are non-GMO and healthier than your average snack fry.

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Before you argue that pancakes aren’t a snack, try the Otherworld pancakes. In fun flavors like chocolate chip and apple cinnamon, these will become your favorite breakfast, lunch and snack! Packed with veggies, they are also good for you. They upcycle not only their fruits and vegetables think apple, beetroot, sweet potato — but also their cassava flour and barley fiber. These aren’t only good for you, they’re also good for the planet.

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These tiny, crunchy cookies pack a big punch when it comes to sustainability. They are made with all natural ingredients including okara flour, the nutrient packed pulp left over from tofu and soymilk production. The cookies are also peanut- and tree nut-free with no artificial ingredients so you can feel good chomping on these chocolate chip cookies.

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This isn’t your typical fruit jerky. These flavorful on-the-go slabs contain up to a full fruit and a drizzle of cacao or a sprinkle of chili no added preservatives. Solely works with farmers across Latin America to source both imperfect and perfect fruit for the product and work on sustainability efforts from farming to finish. The concentrated fruit is delicious and we have a feeling you’ll be fighting your kids for the last one.

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These chips may be made with upcycled fiber from kale and celery but they still deliver on the crunch and saltiness craved in chips. Kids will love the sweet and spicy BBQ and sea salt, the perfect vehicle for chips and dip.

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When the cookie crumbles, it’s actually just as delicious. These biscotti crumbles are made with almonds from Enzo’s own farm along with biscotti that just couldn’t hold its own. Instead of discarding, the company turned the crumbles into an amazing topping for yogurt and berries and a killer ice cream topping the whole family will eat up.

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