50 ideas for kid’s snacks in Dakar

We spent the summer in the US and among the many (many!) things that I noticed were different ‘back home’ from life in Dakar was the diversity and ease of snacks for kids. I loved it. 

While we don’t have as many single-serving, grab-and-go options here in Senegal, there are some good, healthy treats available – although they may take a bit more planning and effort… and $$.

Here are a few ideas from our kitchen. Please share yours in the comments!

  1. Tortilla + peanut butter
  2. Tortilla + Laughing Cow cheese
  3. Tortilla + hummus
  4. Tortilla + shredded Gouda or mozzarella, heated to make a quesadilla
  5. English muffin + peanut butter + honey
  6. English muffin + Laughing Cow cheese
  7. English muffin + Laughing Cow cheese + jam
  8. English muffin + salami or ham + cheese
  9. Cheese sticks (made by cutting mozzarella from CDA)
  10. Wedges of Laughing Cow cheese
  11. Babybel cheese
  12. Cucumber slices + Laughing Cow cheese
  13. Pear slices + Gouda slices
  14. Banana + peanut butter
  15. Apple slices + peanut butter
  16. Carrot sticks + hummus
  17. Pita triangles + hummus 
  18. Dried apricots
  19. Dried prunes (may have pits)
  20. Dried mango
  21. Dried banana chips
  22. Dried coconut pieces
  23. Raisins 
  24. Sandwich bread + yogurt (either as a dip or spread on the bread)
  25. Hard-boiled egg
  26. Popcorn
  27. Lait caillé, plain or with chopped fruit stirred in
  28. Pretzel sticks
  29. Rice cakes 
  30. Digestive biscuits, plain or with chocolate
  31. Grapes (seedless available)
  32. Clementines or mandarins
  33. Plums
  34. Cherry tomatoes
  35. Melon slices
  36. Tamarind pods (have seeds)
  37. Crêpes, plain or with jam
  38. Frozen fruit smoothies
  39. Frozen yogurt cup + spoon
  40. Frozen seedless grapes
  41. Frozen pineapple chunks
  42. Frozen mango chunks
  43. Frozen peas, thawed (I know. But my kids love them.)
  44. Slice of salami or ham rolled around cheese
  45. Leftover pizza margarita (order an extra just for this reason!)
  46. No sugar added applesauce cups (Hypermarché or CityDia)
  47. Trail mix: peanuts, raisins, dried coconut pieces, cereal…
  48. Veronique’s peanut brittle
  49. Granola bars (ingredients easily available)
  50. Rolled energy bites (oats, peanut butter, dried coconut, cocoa…) 

Snack tips for Dakar

Ziploc baggies are available at the American Food Store, as a variety of US snacks such as Goldfish, raisin boxes, etc… 

Marie’s Kitchen makes and delivers THE BEST tortillas and English muffins. She can also make whole wheat banana bread or apple bread. 


Veronique’s peanut butter and brittle are amazing. And she delivers too. (Following recommendations of Senegalese friends and based on a few experiences, we don’t give our kids peanuts or cashews sold on the street. But we love Veronique’s peanut goodies!)

Shady Shack hummus freezes great. Order in bulk and stock up. 

Use the plastic ‘bissap baggies’ from your local buutik to freeze single servings of fruit. 



  1. To heck with kids! I’m excited to have this list of ideas for me! I love spreading a tortilla or flat bread with pb and wrapping it around a banana (sliced to make the wrapping easier). Thanks. Great list!

  2. Great ideas. However, plastic bags are the bane of Senegal’s landscape (only one of many reasons not to use them). Go for re-usable containers 🙂

  3. Our new favourite healthy snacks (found at the famous “Mary Market” in Hann Mariste). 1) locally produced Plantain chips. I just bought two bags and they are already gone! They come in regular and spicy–both are good. 2) Pumpkin seeds–a largish bag for around 2000.

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