We all want to eat and enjoy nutritious foods, but time can often be a limiting factor. With back-to-school season in full swing, preparation is key to maintaining a well-balanced routine. While healthy muffins and roasted vegetables can be great options, we have some ideas for days when you can’t even think about turning on the oven.
These no-bake snack recipes come together quickly and are healthy, minimal meal prep options to add to your family’s lunchboxes this school year.
Easy No-Bake Snack Ideas
1. Drizzled Fruit Kebabs
Trying to add more produce colours into their diets? Try serving snacks on a stick.
Fruit kebabs can be customised to your child’s favourite fruits but can also be an exciting way to try new fruits. Consider grapes, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, pineapple or cantaloupe and add some blocks of cheese in for more protein.
Alternatively, serve some veggies on a stick. Craving something a little sweeter? Drizzle on some melted dark chocolate – mixed in with our Vital Proteins® Collagen Peptides – for a burst of flavour.
2. Matcha Yoghurt Parfait
Looking for an easy morning fix? Make a breakfast parfait with a hint of matcha by layering fruit and yoghurt (with a scoop of our Vital Proteins® Matcha Collagen mixed in) in a bowl or mason jar and top with granola or nuts and seeds. To keep it seasonal, make it vibrant and rainbow-coloured in the summer, and add in layers of pumpkin puree in the autumn.
3. No-Bake Oat Bars
Sick of seeing all the hard-to-pronounce ingredients making up the bars on the grocery shelves? Create your own!
Combine oats, peanut butter and maple syrup or honey and press into a baking tin. Transfer the tin to the freezer until firm, and then cut into bars. Add in chocolate chips, dried fruit, pumpkin puree or cocoa powder to switch up the flavour.
4. Homemade Trail Mix
To make a homemade trail mix, choose your favourite nuts or seeds, cereals and dried fruits, and mix them in a large container for a grab-and-go option. Some easy combinations include peanuts, raisins, sunflower seeds and popcorn, or almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried mango and cereal. For added flavour, try roasting your nuts ahead of time.
5. Decadent Overnight Oats
Take some oats and mix them with your milk of choice, some chia seeds, yoghurt and fruit in a small mason jar or lunchbox. The oats will absorb the liquid and flavours overnight, making for a great on-the-go breakfast or lunch box item.
6. Sweet Energy Bites
There are endless combinations you can put together with just a few ingredients. A simple mixture of oats, honey, peanut butter, chia or flax seeds and raisins produces a tasty, no-bake energy bite that fits perfectly in a lunch box and doubles as an after-school snack.
Switch out the peanut butter for almond butter or sunflower seed butter, add chocolate chips or coconut flakes, or mix a scoop or sachet of Collagen Peptides in to switch things up!
Written by Sarah Schlichter