Snack ideas

So my kids love snacks. I’m sure yours do too. If they had their way, lots of time, they’d not make the best choices, so I try to have more healthy options around. Here are my ideas for snacks: apples plain or sliced with peanut butter; string cheese; humus and crackers; nuts; air popped popcorn with various toppings; any baked good left over from breakfast (see breakfast ideas post); granola bars. You get the idea. Here are a couple of recipes my sister gave me that her friend gave her. They aren’t peanut butter free, but could be gluten-free if you used gluten-free oats. I’ve made the granola bars and they are wonderful. I haven’t tried the energy bites, but her kids can be kind of picky, so if they like them, I’m sure they have a pretty universal appeal. Link to your own favorite recipes if you have any!

GRANOLA BARS:
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil

2 cups oats
1/2 cup each of following: chopped pecans, chopped dates, chocolate chips, coconut, sesame seeds

Melt oil, pb, honey. Stir into the rest of the ingredients. Mix and press into a wax paper lined 9 by 13 pan. Freeze. Cut into bars and then store bars in freezer.

ENERGY BITES:
1 cup oats
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup ground flax-seed
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
Mix and roll into balls. We never have any left to store, but probably store in fridge 🙂

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