What gives you the taste of homemade but not a ton of dirty? No bake recipes! They’re so easy and let’s face it; you need things a bit easier. No-bake recipes allow Mom to make a crowd-pleasing dish faster than she can change a diaper. Here are a couple of our favorites you can commit to memory and whip up in no time.
1. Oat balls
These no-bake treats are made with oats, peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter), coconut flakes, raisins (optional), a drizzle of honey and dark chocolate chips. Mix all ingredients, then form into bite-sized balls and cool in the fridge. Pack one to three balls for lunch, depending on age, for a sweet treat to round out their nutritious meal. Try out some more sweet but healthy no-bake date balls
2. Pizza Roll-Up
These are perfect for an afternoon snack
and a great way to get some extra bone-building calcium into their diet. On a medium sized whole-wheat tortilla wrap, spread a thin layer of pizza sauce over the top. Next top the pizza sauce with low-fat mozzarella cheese and layer some deli-style ham or turkey on top, along with some thinly sliced bell peppers (optional). Roll them up and pop a toothpick in the middle to keep them together.
If your kids are picky eaters, this could be a great place to sneak in some nutritional yeast which has a nutty, cheesy type flavor and can be an excellent source of B vitamins like niacin, folate and vitamin B12. Yep! I know it sounds out-there, but it does boost flavor and nutrition.
3. Protein-Packed Chia Seed Pudding
This fits the bill of both a sweet treat and a filling, protein-packed snack. Chia seeds provide muscle-building protein
, inflammatory fighting omega-3 fatty acids and gut-health-promoting fiber. With just five ingredients or less, you can make large batches of this dietitian-approved snack in under five minutes. In a large mason jar or large mixing bowl with lid, add in your liquid (cows milk, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc. – doesn’t matter the type) and liquid sweetener. Agave may work best in this recipe since it has a thinner consistency than honey, but you can also use honey to support the bee population. Then add your chia seeds
and either mix well with large spoon or cap the jar with the lid and shake well.
You want a 4: 1 ratio of the milk to chia seeds. After mixed, pop in the fridge overnight. When you serve, top it with your kid’s favorite berry and crushed nuts – like walnuts – to add more awesome omega-3!
4. Nut Butter – Apple – Yogurt Dip
As if nut butter couldn’t get any more delicious, pair it with the rich texture of Greek yogurt and the bar’s been raised! You’ll need a nut butter of your choice (almond, peanut butter, or sunflower butter are all good options), an apple diced into small cubes, some low-fat Greek yogurt and a sweetener like honey or agave. In a medium bowl, add in about of cup of low-fat Greek yogurt. Then stir in about four tablespoons of nut butter, two tablespoons agave or honey and about three-quarters cup of the small diced apple bits. Mix well and serve up with some flat-type pretzels or whole-grain graham crackers for dipping!
Check out these no-bake sweet potato bites
for more sweet and savory goodness!
5. Peanut Butter & Banana Smash
Elvis may have the claim-to-fame when it comes to the combo of peanut butter and banana on sandwich bread, but have you ever tried mashing these two together and topping it with ice cream?! One of our favorite combinations is a banana, mashed and mixed well with a heaping spoonful of peanut butter (or other nut butter of choice). Once blended to a creamy consistency, place in small bowl and add some crunchy granola, chopped walnuts or almonds and a few blueberries for extra antioxidants!
6. Apple-Decker Sandwich
Let’s give the kids something that will tantalize their taste buds and it adds nutritional value. Core then slice an apple width-wise, so they make big circles, preferably thick slices. Then spread some nut butter evenly over the first apple slice, sprinkle on some loose granola or shredded coconut, sliced almonds and drizzled honey. Repeat this layering, so you end up with a triple-decker apple sandwich. Yum!
These recipes are adjustable, so give them a whirl and see what ratios and ingredient substitutions work best for your family’s palate. With just a few minutes and a few simple ingredients, you can make some tasty, and even healthy, snacks
for your kids and family. Try these no-bake recipe ideas out this upcoming week!