School Snack Ideas and Recipes
My Best 5 School Snack Ideas!
Being a mama of 7, our house runs on snacks. I hope you enjoy my 5 back to school snack ideas! Nutritious and delicious.
So this week I decided to share with you our school snack ideas! Consequently it is back to school season. Therefore it is a great time to share school snack ideas that my family comes back to again and again. I think these snacking suggestions would be great for anyone, home schooled or public schooled. Assuredly these are some great options if you are hungry and need something to tie you over until your next meal.
Plant Based School Snack Ideas
I love using plant based treats for snack time. These snacks come loaded with healthy grains, nuts and seeds. Add in healthy fats like coconut oil or delicious nut butters and you have a sticky and satisfying snack time. In conclusion I feel these plant based snacks have all the makings for the perfect school snack.
School Snack Idea #1 Chocolate Hummus
Hummus is a great one to lead with for school snack ideas. A different spin on a good classic staple. Hummus is great any time of the year. I love keeping a batch fresh and ready to spread on tortillas or rice cakes. That is where chocolate hummus comes into play. Decadent and dark, enjoyed with fresh fruit or pretzels this is a crowd pleaser. In addition to dates being a sneaky health building sidekick, binder and tasty thickener – they are high in fiber and may promote brain health. Which makes them a easy go-to for an after school snack.
Chocolate Hummus Recipe
1 Can Chick Peas ( microwave for 3 mins to cook)
6 Dates (more or less – depending on how much sweetness you are looking for)
1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/4 Cup Honey or Maple Syrup
Pinch of Sea Salt
1/4 Cup Tahini Paste ( If you do not have any of this on hand, you could always use peanut butter or maybe almond butter)
Blend in your food processor taste and enjoy! I recommend trying this a few times before you say you love it or hate it. It does have a “beany” taste some may pick up on. But I would say, don’t give up on it if they first batch is a bust. In conclusion I know my kids love this now. But did take some effort to warm up to the idea. I am ecstatic I can add it to my school snack idea rotations.
School Snack Idea #2 Fruit, Veggies & Protein
School snack ideas is not complete with out these three. For example, I keep fruit and veggies stocked up in this house. I was recently listening to the audio book “Atomic Habits” and in the book the author was talking about replacing cookies to fruit in your cookie jar. This was something I did years ago when my kids were little. I counted this as a win.
Previously, the sight of the cookie jar made me want a cookie. Or my toddler would want a cookie. Since replacing the “cookie” with fruit. Our eating habits have improved as well as our waistlines. For us a easy protein is always nut butters or hummus. In addition a small handful of almonds or walnuts is also a great way to get some healthy fats and protein. This un-bear-ably cute snack was created with sliced “banana pennies”, peanut butter and tasty blue berries.
Snack Idea #3 Treat balls
School snack ideas cant be complete with out these super simple and easy to do treats. I love making a huge batch of these and enjoying some right away. But then also tucking the rest away in the freezer. Perfect for when a sugar craving hits, or you need some easy protein after a work out or intense trip or as a reward for not buying the cookies you were eyeing at the supermarket. I personally love to use them as a way to get our daily flax seed intake in. Flax is delicate and can loose effectiveness if heated to high temperatures . So I feel the best way to enjoy it is either in a fresh smoothie or eating in a raw tasty treat ball. I like to store my flax in the freezer for freshness, it can go rancid if left in the cupboard for too long.
Snack Idea #4 My Home Made Granola Bars
These are a great school snack idea! Granola bars always are a hit! They are perfect for adding into lunches or ready to go when you want to hit the trails and go on an adventure. So easy to have it ready for when you need some quick and easy inexpensive energy. I have made these bars for years. And have played around with different flours. You can always add an extra egg or add more apples sauce or even a banana if you use a flour that is more dense like whole wheat or spelt.
Jens Granola Bars Recipe
2 1/2 Cups of rolled oats
1 cup of flour
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of apple sauce
1 cup of ground flax seed
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup of honey
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of either trail mix, chocolate chips, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, raisins and white chocolate chips, dried fruit.
Oven; 350 degrees F ( 175 degrees C)
Stir oats, flour and ground flax seeds, brown sugar, and salt together in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add your egg, honey, apple sauce, vanilla. Stir until evenly combined. Pour mixture into a 9X13-inch baking dish, pat down and smooth evenly . Bake in pre-heated oven until golden and set. About 25 mins.
Snack Idea #5 Roasted Chick Peas
These are a great after school snack. Chickpeas are high in protein and fiber, and offer a good dose of iron while stabilizing your blood sugars. So all in all a great snack to reach for in the afternoon. I love to make a big batch of these and add to snack time or as a side to our lunches. These are super yummy sprinkled over salads here are a few recipe ideas to get you as excited for these as I am. I always bake mine in the oven, But I could see owning something like an air fryer might be pretty great for this healthy treat!
Doritos – This looks like a tasty option if you have a craving for chippies but gotta cut back.
Basic – This is an easy basic recipe to get you started.
Cinnamon Sugar – If you are looking for a healthier option for a sweet treat. This is also a tasty way to enjoy!
Ketchup – We call our chickpeas “nibbles” due to using this cookbook. The ketchup version is so delicious. We have a bunch of ketchup lovers in this house so this satisfies the craving asap!
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