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No Oven, No Problem! Try These 4 Easy No-Bake Snacks

posted: 04/04/16
by: Blythe Copeland

When the kids are hungry and you don't have the time (or energy) to turn on the oven, whip up one of these quick snacks with simple pantry ingredients: chocolate chip and peanut butter oat bites, cold fruit or veggie "pizzas", spicy crackers, or frozen yogurt cupcakes. Each is a healthy snack just right for lunch boxes, a post-practice nosh, or a weekend movie morning.

1. Energy Bites

No-bake energy bites from Gimme Some Oven are a tasty blend of peanut butter, honey, oats, coconut, flaxseed, and chocolate chips, rolled up into bite-sized portions and refrigerated. Try the original recipe or adjust it to suit your taste, adding more or less of the ingredients; adding cocoa, nuts, or dried fruit; or give them a flavorful twist with Nutella and pumpkin pie versions.

2. Fruit pizza

The desert-ready fruit pizzas you see at the local bakery usually have an admittedly delicious pastry or cookie crust, but you can turn them into a healthier, faster snack by using a pita or tortilla as a base instead, like Two Healthy Kitchens did, or by following Pinch of Yum's recipe for a crust made from dates, almond butter, and pecans. Top with whipped topping or Greek yogurt and finish with your favorite sliced fruits -- try raspberries, kiwi, blueberries, or grapes. Pitas and tortillas also make a tasty base for veggie versions of this recipe: Just replace the yogurt or whipped topping with cream cheese, and use broccoli, carrots, snap peas, cucumbers, and tomatoes in place of the fruit.

3. Spicy Ranch Crackers

Crackers are already a simple, no-bake snack and a delicious vehicle for protein-packed toppings like peanut butter, cheese, or hummus. But you can turn your plain crackers into a zesty party snack or after school treat with just three ingredients, thanks to this Plain Chicken recipe: Mix a package of Ranch dressing spices and cayenne pepper with canola oil, and toss until the crackers are well-coated. Then watch your family eat them by the handful.

4. Double Berry Frozen Yogurt Cupcakes

Double berry frozen yogurt cupcakes from The Gunny Sack start with a simple base of granola mixed with peanut butter and honey and pressed into muffin tins. Then top each granola bar bottom with a scoop of your favorite yogurt and top with berries. The pretty -- and pretty delicious -- finishing touch is homemade berry whipped cream, but you can use store bought (or skip it entirely) if you're short on time.