Assigned to bring a snack for the team? I’ve got three fabulous snacks to share with the team that are delicious and nutritious too! No-bake Energy Bites are so sweet, you won’t believe they’re loaded with healthy protein and fiber. Snack Bag Butterflies are such a cute way to pair two fun treats together. Finally, homemade baked apple chips are so delicious, healthy, and portable! And addictive. Did I mention addictive?
Forego the traditional pouch of rubbery fruit snacks and treat the team to one of these three fabulous treats!
No-Bake Energy Bites
(from Smashed Peas & Carrots)
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
2 teaspoons vanilla
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until thoroughly incorporated. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, then using a cookie dough scoop or melon baller, divide and roll into bite-sized balls. Store in an air-tight container and keep refrigerated for up to one week.
HINT: Substitute peanut butter for your favorite nut butter (almond, cashew, etc.). Nutella also works great for a chocolate-y twist.
Snack Bag Butterflies
snack-sized zip-top bags
colored push pins (optional)
Gather snack bags in the middle and attach a clothespin to divide the sides. Open the top of each side and insert grapes and goldfish crackers. Seal bag. Push pins into the top of the clothespin to create antennae (not recommended for small children).
HINT: Pair any snacks in this clever display: pretzels, m&ms, jelly beans, raisins or other dried fruits.
Baked Apple Chips
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Wash apples and slice off top and bottom to create a flat surface. Remove core and slice apples into thin layers. Spread slices on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for 30-60 minutes, depending on the thickness of the apple. Remove from oven when edges begin to curl and appear barely browned. Do not overcook. Allow to cool and dry completely before storing in an air-tight container.