As we continue to enjoy the summer and beginnings of school for some, finding some healthy snacks ideas can be hard. There are so many recipes out there, how do you know if they actually taste good? I've personally tried a lot and yes I have thrown some again when they didn't turn out, or they were not the flavor I was expecting. Just like anything, it takes practice! I've done some of the work for you and wanted to share a couple of my recipes!
First up is my homemade Granola Bars
These are delicious, light, and sweet without added sugar! Perfect for lunches, snacks, grab & go, pregnancy, nursing moms, etc. I you want to make a lot and maybe even freeze some, you will want to double or triple this recipe. This makes about 12 bars, depending on the size you cut them in.
2 cups choice of chopped nuts- I used cashews, but you can use any combination 2/3 cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds- (I used lightly salted ones) 1/3 cup goji berries 1 scoop vanilla bone broth protein (ancient nutrition brand or can use any collagen) Sea salt- to your liking Pumpkin spice- to your liking 2 TBSP avocado oil 1TBSP monk fruit sweetener granules 1TBSP nut butter- (I used peanut butter with no added sugar) 3 TBSP maple syrup or lakanto maple syrup (for sugar free option)
Preheat you oven to 325 Mix dry ingredients while you melt the oils, sweetener, and nut butter in a pan. Then mix together and place into a square pan lined with parchment paper. Pat down and place into oven and bake for 22-25 min. Let cool and cut and enjoy!
Next up: Cereal Balls
These are simple, quick, and delicious! Made with no added sugar. These are so simple your kids can help make them.
2 cups sugar free cereal (I did quinoa puffs, you can also use rice puffs) Here is the link to a couple different kinds- https://www.amazon.com/Kapok-Naturals-Quinoa-Pop-300gr/dp/B08BWZ39BF/ref=sxts_rp_s1_0?cv_ct_cx=quinoa+puffs&dchild=1&keywords=quinoa+puffs&pd_rd_i=B08BWZ39BF&pd_rd_r=31da290b-1dd2-4fd6-b9ba-77068ecb638d&pd_rd_w=A2lIJ&pd_rd_wg=5w3Mf&pf_rd_p=c6bde456-f877-4246-800f-44405f638777&pf_rd_r=QG668Y61S4VV22GDPPFE&psc=1&qid=1628874113&sr=1-1-f0029781-b79b-4b60-9cb0-eeda4dea34d6
For a different cereal option-https://www.amazon.com/WISHES-Unsweetened-Cereal-Protein-Grains/dp/B07Y5N3G97/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=organic%2Bsugar%2Bfree%2Bcereal&qid=1628874196&s=grocery&sr=1-1-spons&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExNE5ENE1IWVVUVU8wJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMDk1NTA5MjYxUFpUS1ZGOFdCUSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNzAyNzY1RFNESFU3SjRESzFJJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ&th=1
6 TBSP nut butter - (I used peanut butter with no sugar added) 6 TBSP maple syrup or lakanto syrup
Melt syrup and nut butter into a pan until combine. Then add to cereal or puffs and combine! Roll into balls and place on parchment paper to harden. Enjoy!
Enjoy time with your family and making these snacks together. They are easy and delicious. You will not be disappointed! They will give you a burst of energy and help you to not reach for that sugar filled doughnut or ice cream treat. Happy snacking!