Are you searching for healthy snack options during office hours or for your kids lunch boxes? looking for energy boosters for workouts? Healthy munching options for yourself or your family? Look no further as we have it all covered for you. Here are 5 recipes of nutritious healthy snacks that will keep you and your loved ones full for a longer period of time besides feeding you with a healthy dose of fiber and nutrition that you need for an active lifestyle. These nutritious healthy snacks are for all occasions and seasons.
Granola Bars are generally made from oats, honey and dry fruits. They are healthy and convenient snacks perfect for breakfast or as snacks for any occasion. Granola bars are packed with fibers and can be customized according to your own taste buds. This recipe can be altered in numerous ways to make the granola bar that you love the most!
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6 cups Instant Oats
1/2 teaspoon Baking salt
1/2 cup Brown sugar
1/2 cup Olive oil
3/4 cup Honey or to taste
1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
2-3 tablespoon Water
1 cup Toppings
1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder (optional)
10- 12 tablespoons Pumpkin seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon Flex seeds ground (optional)
- In a bowl mix together instant oats and baking salt.
- Coarsely grind brown sugar and add it to the oat mix.
- Add vanilla essence, olive oil, honey and water and mix well.
- Now your granola bar mixture is ready and you can unleash the chef in you to make unlimited varieties of granola bars.
- You can add chocolate chips and dried cranberries to the mixture to make chocolate chip granola bars which are always a kid favorite. Or you can put cinnamon powder and almonds to make cinnamon and almonds granola bars. Cashew nuts and pumpkin seeds can also be added to the mixture to make cashew nuts and pumpkin seeds granola bars or you can add peanuts & flex seeds to make peanut granola bars.
- Spread the final mixture on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and press firmly. Please remember that pressing the mixture firmly is a very important step so please don’t skip it.
- Finally, garnish with chocolate chips and nuts and press firmly so that they are well incorporated into the mixture.
- Now cut into bars and bake in preheated oven at 170C or 338F for 20- 25 minutes. This recipe yields around 16 bars.
These bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2-3 weeks. This recipe yields around 16 granola bars.
2. Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal cookies bring back so many childhood memories and are probably the first option that comes to your mind when you think of cookies that are healthy and packed with nutrition.
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1 1/4 cups quick oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup well chopped raw walnuts or pecans
- Firstly, mix together oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.
- Then take another bowl and whisk together butter, egg, vanilla extract and honey.
- Now pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture and stir till combined. The dough will be sticky. Fold in chocolate chips, raisins, and walnuts.
- Place in the refrigerator and let chill for at least 30 minutes. The more time you give it, the better.
- Remove from refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 10- 15 minutes.
- Line baking trays with parchment paper and preheat oven to 180C or 350F.
- Finally, scoop out dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and arrange on the baking tray leaving almost 1 inch space between each cookie.
Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden from edges. Cool completely before serving. This recipe yields around 24 oatmeal cookies.
3.Dry Fruit Balls
Dry fruits are known to be extremely nutritious but for those of you who are not very fond of eating nuts but don’t want to miss out on their health benefits then this recipe is perfect for you as you get the nutrition without letting your taste buds into the secret. These dry fruit balls are perfect snacks for your kids even if they are picky eaters.
1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped
1/4 cup dried apricot, chopped
1/4 cup dried fig, chopped
Honey as per taste
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup powdered almond
1/4 cup mini chocolate Chips (optional)
- To start, toast nuts in a skillet until crunchy and aromatic (approximately 2-3 minutes) and chop coarsely.
- Then, mince together dates, figs, apricots and toasted nuts in a food processor until finely minced.
- Now, add honey to the mixture and then shape into small balls.
- Finally, roll balls in powdered almond or desiccated coconut. Store in an air tight container and refrigerate. This recipe yields approximately 8-10 dry fruit balls.
4. Mini Walnut Tarts
For walnut lovers this recipe is a dream come true as you get to eat your favorite dry fruit minus the calories that come with most walnut tarts. It’s the healthiest walnut tart recipe that you will find.
1/2 cup oats
2 teaspoons clarified butter
1/6 cup honey
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
4-5 pitted chopped dates
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon clarified butter or shortening
A pinch of salt.
- For base, grind oats and almonds until crumbly. Add clarified butter and mix until combined.
- Scoop approximately a tablespoon of mix into each cupcake liner and press to form a base. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 10 minutes at 180C or 350F until light brown.
- Set aside to cool while you prepare the filling.
- In a medium bowl mix all the ingredients for the filling. Make sure all ingredients are coated properly with egg and honey.
- Scoop approximately 1 tablespoon of filling into each cupcake liner and bake for 12-15 minutes until brown. Delicious walnut tarts are ready. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate. This recipe yields approximately 6-8 walnut pies.
5. Almonds Coated in Dark Chocolate
Both dark chocolates and almonds make a rich, satisfying, filling snack packed with a high dose of antioxidants and magnesium. This is one healthy snack that you just can’t resist.
1 cup melted dark chocolate
- Toast almonds in a skillet for approximately 2-3 minutes until crunchy and aromatic.
- Melt dark chocolate on a double boiler.
Coat each almond and set aside till the chocolate sets. Store in an air tight container and refrigerate and enjoy delicious chocolate coated almonds.