We recently read a book purporting that the French don’t snack and to that we say, “good for them.” We most definitely do eat between meals, especially when it’s 4pm and we’re stuck at our desks, waiting out the last few hours of the work day. Rather than rely on gummy bears and other assorted, sugar-filled processed treats to survive, we suggest—if you similarly sneak treats during the day—that you whip up your own homemade snacks to pack for work. Here, six recipes that are easy to make, (relatively) healthy and delicious.
Chocolate Matcha Butter Cups
Okay, so these aren't exactly kale, but it is better to nosh on these chocolate treats than, say, actual peanut butter cups. Ingredients include matcha powder, dark chocolate, coconut butter, coconut oil, sea salt, cacao nibs and almond powder.
Recipe Author: Keepin It Kind
Healthy No-Bake Energy Bites
These easy-to-make snacks are impossibly addictive, but the good news is that they're also great for boosting your midday office energy levels, so you don't crash out at 4pm.
Recipe Author: The Zoe Report
Roasted Cinnamon Chickpeas
If you're the type of snacker who likes to pop handful after handful, this might be the snack recipe for you. You can make savory chickpeas, too, using curry or other flavors of your choosing. Here, the sweet, cinnamon version.
Author Recipe: Heartbeet Kitchen
Healthy Fig Newtons
Unlike some healthy recipes, this one requires only a few ingredients, all of which are available at any grocery store. If you like the sugar-filled store-bought variety, you will love this healthy take on the treat.
Recipe Author: Minimalist Baker
Homemade Goldfish Crackers
We know you're not five-years old, but if you're anything like us, you turn into a toddler sometime between 3pm and 5pm every day. Yes, you'd be better off eating carrot sticks with hummus, but sometimes you just want the comforts of a cracker. These homemade versions won't serve up your daily dose of veggies, but they're healthier than the store-bought version and just as munchable.
Recipe Author: Smitten Kitchen
Almond Butter Brown Rice Crispy Treats
These childhood throwbacks are a lot healthier than they look, as they're packed with omega-rich hemp seeds and almonds. We're considering bringing them for the next office birthday in lieu of cupcakes—fair warning, sugar addicts!
Recipe Author: Love And Lemons