If you are not currently in school, close your eyes and think back to a time when you were: Wearing a backpack bigger than you are, you climb off the schoolbus and are suddenly very aware of the rumbling in your belly. It’s been three hours (if not longer) since you ate your cafeteria pizza or tenderly assembled tuna fish sandwich, and there’s no way any homework is getting done until snacks happen.
So let snacks happen: Whether you’re the one who’s ready to break out the carrots and the pita chips (hey, big kids need snacks, too) or prepping a snack for smaller fingers, these 12 creamy dips will tide you over until it’s time for dinner:
Hummus Without a Recipe by Hillary Pollak
My Favorite Black Bean Dip by Madhuja
Miso Hummus by mrslarkin
Bright Red Beet Hummus by Nicholas Day
White Bean Dip with Fresh Herbs by Gena Hamshaw
Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi’s Basic Hummus by Genius Recipes
How Do I Love Thee Muhammara? by Kitchen Butterfly
Sweet Pea Hummus by Gena Hamshaw
Tara Duggan’s Chard Stalk Hummus by Genius Recipes
Hard Squash Hummus by Modern Farmer
Eggplant Dip with Yogurt (Borani-e Bademjan) by Nicholas Day
Black Garlic White Bean Hummus by Camilla Maybee
What was your favorite after-school snack as a kid? Tell us in the comments.