With two kids around and the way we eat snacks are a must! It takes a lot less time for my body to process the salad I ate for lunch than a giant burrito stuffed with beans, rice, and a flour tortilla so we usually need an afternoon snack.
Other than that we try to limit snacks so the girls will be hungry for meals. I do, however, give in and let them have something small on our way back from their activities at the Y. Swimming is hard work and a little snack on the way home is at least somewhat warranted.
Our snacks are often fresh food like fruit or veggies. Honestly, because that is easiest. Since I’m making all our meals spending additional time to prep and cook snacks just doesn’t happen much. Even still, I do like to make things like homemade granola bars or healthy cookies to stash in the freezer for quick on the go snacks.
Here are some of the special snacks we had last week:
China doughnut holes (from the Oh She Glows cookbook)! These babies are packed with chia seeds and oat flour. They are super easy to make, I’m talking 5 minute prep time. I whipped them up before breakfast one morning when the family was craving doughnuts. They are sweetened with maple syrup and while they don’t taste exactly like doughnut holes they are delicious in their own right!
The girls and I stopped at a fresh berry stand one day and this glorious snack happened:
Here we have fresh local raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. As if that’s not amazing enough we added toasted walnuts, homemade chocolate sauce (literally just coconut oil, cocoa powder, and honey), and hemp hearts. Heavenly!
Lastly, for our trip to Spokane I made two sweet treats for post lunch or post dinner snacks.
I made trail mix cookies again and vegan, gluten-free brownies. The brownies are an extra special treat because they are sweetened with sugar instead of honey (I cut them into pretty small pieces to keep portions in check).
These brownies are so good, you’d never guess they were vegan or gluten-free. They are a bit crumbly but scooping brownie crumbles into your mouth after you’re done is really a bonus. They would be amazing crumbled over dairy-free ice cream!