Finding time as a student to make complicated and elaborate recipes is rare. As you move from class to class, you might crave a quick but filling snack. Or, maybe you fancy a snack before your workout. These snack ideas will save you a ton of time during your busy days. Having delicious and nutritious snacks ready to go is extremely important for students, especially during a hectic week.
Dates stuffed with peanut butter
Dates are, by far, one of my favorite snacks or desserts. I constantly find myself craving their natural sweetness and gooey, caramel texture. But dates are even better when paired with other delicious ingredients. When I’m short on time, stuffed dates are my go-to snack. Stuffing the dates with peanut butter and finally, topping them with chocolate chips is a quick and easy snack you can always rely on.
Vegetables and hummus
Although a common snack, the combination of vegetables and hummus is popular for a reason. Pairing creamy, filling hummus with a variety of vegetables, from carrots to cauliflower, will fuel you for the rest of the day. If you quickly get bored of this snack, just switch to the veggies you associate with hummus.
Homemade trail mix
Trailmix is one of the most satisfying and filling snacks you’ll find. But what’s even better about this particular snack is that you can make it yourself and in bulk. Trail mix at home is a lot easier than it looks. Simply mix in cashews, peanuts, raisins and, depending on what you fancy, chocolate. By making a big batch, you can easily take some of your homemade trail mix to school for several days.
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Like trail mix, granola is a very satisfying and undemanding snack. While you can certainly buy packaged granola, making granola is very simple. To make your own granola, start with an oat base. Then, mix in sliced almonds, chia seeds, nut butter, and maple syrup or other sweetener, among any other ingredients you desire. After spreading the granola on a baking sheet, bake until lightly golden. Every week I make Katelynn Nolan’s granola recipe which consists of just a few ingredients.
Katelynn Nolan’s Peanut Butter Cinnamon Granola is a must try!
– 3 cups rolled oats
– 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
– 1/4 cup peanut butter
– 2 tablespoons of oil
– 3 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
– 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon of salt
– 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
– Bake at 325°F for 20 minutes
– Leave to cool and break into clusters.
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Although healthy desserts like muffins may sound like an oxymoron, it is such a thing. And, most importantly, making healthy desserts can be as easy or complicated as you want it to be. By baking a batch of muffins in your spare time, you can then enjoy them throughout the school week. One of my favorite recipes created by Jazmin Tyler is an easy blueberry muffin recipe with minimal ingredients.
To make Jazmin Tyler’s Blueberry Muffins, follow the instructions below.
-1 cup of flour
– 1/2 cup coconut oil
– 2 eggs
– 1/2 cup agave or maple syrup
– 1.5 cups of frozen blueberries
– Lots of cinnamon
– Pinch of baking soda + baking powder
– Mix the ingredients.
– Bake at 350°F for 25-35 minutes.
This snack is definitely not for everyone. But if you like beans, roasted chickpeas will be your new favorite snack. Roasted chickpeas are a crispy and tasty snack that will keep you full for long periods of time. The instructions for making roasted chickpeas are beyond easy. First, massage a can of chickpeas with oil. Then add the spices you want. I like to add garlic, salt, paprika, basil and pepper, but you have a lot of freedom. Finally, bake the chickpeas at 400°F for about 40 minutes.
It is extremely simple to make your own fries at home. Take any vegetable you fancy, be it an eggplant or a sweet potato, and cut it into thin slices. Bake them in the oven until they are as crispy as you like. Making your own veggie crisps takes minimal time, but still serves as a filling snack that you can eat repeatedly throughout the week.
If you’re not a fan of plain nuts, you have to try flavored nuts. Take your favorite type of nut and brush on your favorite ingredients. I like to add sesame seeds and maple syrup to almonds, walnuts or cashews. Once the sesame and maple syrup have hardened, I take the nuts out of the oven and let them cool before enjoying a handful.
Slices of guacamole and sweet potatoes
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Topping baked sweet potato slices with guacamole is a quick and tasty snack that you can easily make at home. First, bake sweet potato slices, the same way you would make vegetable chips, as explained earlier. You want your sweet potatoes to be slightly crunchy. Next, make guacamole by adding lime, cilantro, and spices to the mashed avocado. Spread the guacamole over your sweet potato slices and enjoy this perfect snack.
Grab any crunchy fruit of your choice, including apples, pears, peaches and more. Once you thinly slice the fruit you have picked, spread the slices out on a plate. Then, top the fruit with any type of nut butter, chia seeds, granola, honey, and any other toppings of your choice. Fruit nachos are a great take-to-school snack because they require minimal meal prep.
These snack recipes are here to guide you when you’re out of ideas. It is essential that students enjoy the foods they love, while consuming whole, nutritious foods. Whether granola or fruit nachos are first on your list to try, each recipe will be an easy and delicious snack that will carry you through the school day.