I’ve always been a big snacker. When I’m at home, I keep zooming to and from the kitchen like a hungry Road Runner. I can get a little carried away, as I actually prefer snacks over main dishes – it can’t just be me, right? Whether you’re a big snacker or not, we all get a little peckish between meals, especially during the classic mid-afternoon energy slump. I hope these 3 quick and easy healthy snack ideas inspire you the next time you’re in the mood for something yummy. As an added bonus, these snack ideas are all vegan!
Easy + Healthy: Energy Bites
I loveee energy bites. A lot. I can’t seem to get enough! Besides being really delicious, I find making them to be very therapeutic. There’s something about rolling them between your palms and making them symmetrical that’s pretty relaxing. My favorite recipe for energy balls is the peanut butter cookie dough bites recipe from the Oh She Glows cookbook. I have been making them for so long now, and it’s still one of my go-to snacks.
Here’s the full Oh She Glows recipe, in my own words:
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites
from Oh She Glows
1 1/2 cups rolled oats + 1/2 cup almond meal + 1/4 tsp sea salt + 2 Tbsp dark vegan chocolate chips (I also like cacao nibs)
2 Tbsp coconut oil + 2 Tbsp peanut (or other nut) butter + 1/4 cup maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener) + 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Blend the rolled oats in a blender or food processor until a they form a fine flour. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine your wet ingredients and mix using a hand mixer. Add in your dry ingredients, minus the chocolate chips, and mix again with the hand mixer. Add a splash of plant-based milk if the mix is too dry.
Once the ingredients are combined, fold in your chocolate chips.
Roll into equal-sized balls (about a tablespoon each), place on some parchment paper, and freeze for 15 minutes before snacking on them.
You can make these on Sunday and keep them stored in the freezer to snack on throughout the week.
Thanks again to Angela Liddon for sharing this goodness with the world.
Just beware – these are very addictive! I always end up eating my way through the whole batch right when they’re ready to eat – which kind of defeats the whole purpose of eating everything in moderation and preparing a ready-to-go snack “for the whole week.” Nobody’s perfect, huh?
Easier + Healthier: Fruit + Nut Butter on Toast
This is a kind of no-brainer snack, and it’s something I have almost every day. The mix of fruit and nut butter (my go-to combo is banana and almond butter – yum) with the bread means you’re getting a well-rounded snack to satisfy your hunger.
You can mix up the nut butter – hazelnut, peanut, almond! – and fruit – berries, bananas! – to your liking. Just make sure the nut butter is pure (nothing else added), and opt for whole grain or rye bread. Good nutrition lies in the details.
Easiest + Healthiest: My Happy Monkey Smoothie
I shared this smoothie recipe on my Instagram a little while ago, but I thought I would share it on here, too. I’ve been making this smoothie so often lately – it makes a great snack or breakfast. It’s ridiculously simple, and really tasty. The only thing you have to do ahead of time is peel, chop, and freeze bananas for use throughout the week.
Happy Monkey Smoothie
1 banana, chopped and frozen
1 tsp cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
1 tsp almond butter
1 cup oat milk (or other plant-based milk)
Pop your ingredients in a blender.
Feel free to play with portion sizes based on your appetite. You can add in several bananas and double up on the milk and other ingredients if you are in the mood for a larger snack.
There you have it! 3 quick and easy healthy snack ideas. I hope you enjoy. I’d love to hear about your go-to snacks, so let me know what they are in the comments below!