Family Friendly Snack Recipes

All recipes courtesy Jessica Buschmann, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Oat Energy Balls

  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • 1½ cups instant or quick-cooking oats
  • ½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • ½ cup chopped, unsweetened dried fruit of your choice
  • ½ cup maple syrup, agave or honey
  • ½ cup natural nut butter of your choice (or sunflower butter if you have a nut allergy)
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • If desired for extra protein: Add ½ – 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • If desired for extra fiber and healthy fat: Add handful of chia or flax seeds 

Directions: Combine all the ingredients for this recipe in a large bowl (you may find that it’s easiest to mix these ingredients with your hands). Form into balls and refrigerate.

Adopted from: Bottom Line Health


Sports Drink

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • ¼ cup orange juice (not from concentrate)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ½ cups cold water

Directions:

1.)    In the bottom of the pitcher, dissolve the sugar and the water in the hot water.

2.)    Add the juice and remaining water; chill

3.)    Quench that thirst. Yields 1 quart


Make your own Trail Mix!

Recipe #1

  • 2 cups low fat granola
  • 2 cups dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup nut of choice
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

Recipe #2

  • 2 cups animal crackers
  • 1 cup dry-roasted peanuts, sliced almonds or pecans
  • 1 cup banana chips
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup sweetened or unsweetened coconut

Recipe #3

  • 1 cup banana chips
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 2 cups Cheerios
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips 

Also consider these other options:

  • Pretzels
  • Cheerios
  • Dried fruit (bananas, strawberries, pineapple, mangoes, apples)
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Yogurt-covered raisins
  • Raisins
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Marshmallows