Homemade healthy snacks for on the go

    Gone are the days of you leaving your house for ‘a few hours’ only to find yourself starving and with nothing to eat at 5 pm. Sure, you can pick up a bag of chips from the store, but you’ll likely be feeling pretty crabby and unsatisfied an hour later. Luckily, you can prepare ahead of time by making a few transportable and healthy treats that will make a hectic day on the go a lot more manageable. These three recipes are different takes on a classic energy bite. There’s a chocolate chip cookie dough flavor with a cardamom twist, a chocolate date flavor, and an oatmeal chocolate chip flavor — so choose your flavor of choice!

    You’ll notice that two of the three recipes call for the addition of protein powder. If you don’t have any on hand, don’t sweat it! The protein powder is just there to up the protein intake, but it won’t affect the final outcome of the cookie dough bites. 

    Next time you’re headed out of the house, just pack a few of these energy bites into a bag and store them in a small day trip cooler. As long as there is an ice pack with them they will be cold enough to enjoy throughout the day!

    Cardamom Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

    Photo: Jenny Lieberman

    Cardamom is a great way to get a more intense flavor into your baked goods. The cardamom and molasses give these cookie dough bites a slight gingerbread taste while maintaining their classic cookie dough identity with the chocolate chips. These are packed with flax seeds, collagen, walnut butter, and lightly sweetened with molasses and maple syrup. 

    *This recipe makes about 10-12 tablespoon-sized bites.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup oat flour 
    • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal 
    • 2  scoops of unflavored protein powder (optional)
    • 1/4 tsp salt 
    • 1/4 tsp cardamom 
    • 1/4 cup nut butter of choice 
    • 1 1/2 tbsp non-dairy milk 
    • 1/2 tbsp vanilla 
    • 2 tbsp molasses or maple syrup
    • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips 

    Directions: 

    1. Mix together the oat flour, flaxseed meal, protein powder, salt and cardamom in one bowl.
    2. Mix together the nut butter, non-dairy milk, vanilla, and maple syrup in a separate bowl.
    3. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix until just combined. You should get a dough-like consistency that is slightly firm. Fold in the chocolate chips. 
    4. Use a tablespoon to form dough into small dough bites. Let them harden in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. 

    Notes: store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks

    Photo: Jenny Lieberman

    Chocolate Date Bliss Bites

    Who doesn’t love a no added sugar energy bite? Filled with all of the chocolate flavor you want and none of the ingredients you don’t, these chocolate date bites get their sweetness naturally from dates. They aren’t overly sweet, so they do the job when those dark chocolate cravings hit.

    Ingredients:

    • 8 Medjool dates
    • 2 tbsp reserved date liquid
    • ¼ cup oat flour 
    • ¼ cup coconut flour 
    • ¼ tsp salt 
    • ⅓ cup plus 1 tbsp cocoa powder
    • ½ tsp ground coffee (optional) 
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil
    • 1 tbsp reserved date liquid
    • Coconut flakes (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Start off by removing the pits from your dates. Place the dates in a bowl with enough boiling water to cover them, and let sit for fifteen minutes. Remove the dates and reserve the date liquid. 
    2. To a blender add the dates and 2 tbsp of the reserved date liquid. Blend until you get a thick paste. If you find that the mixture still needs more liquid, add an additional tablespoon or two of water.
    3. In a separate bowl, mix together the oat flour, coconut flour, cocoa powder, salt, and ground coffee. Add the dry mixture to the date mixture to fold in the dry ingredients.
    4. Add the vanilla, coconut oil, and reserved date liquid to the mixture and mix to combine, You should end up with a thick dough-like mixture. If the mixture is too wet, add another tablespoon or two of oat flour. 
    5. Form into 10 bite-sized balls and roll each ball in coconut flakes (optional).

    Notes: store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks

    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

    Photo: Jenny Lieberman

    Oats and chocolate are great on their own but pair them together for the ultimate combination.  Both ingredients do their part in providing texture and structure to these cookie dough bites. Not only do you get some added texture from the chocolate chips, but the oats also provide a little more structure to an otherwise dull and mushy dough. 

    Ingredients: 

    • ½ cup oats* 
    • ½ cup oat flour 
    • 2 tbsp flaxseed meal 
    • 2 scoops of unflavored protein powder (optional)
    • ½ tsp cinnamon
    • Pinch of salt 
    • ⅓ cup nut butter
    • 2 tbsp non-dairy milk 
    • 3 tbsp maple syrup
    • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
    • ¼ cup chocolate chips

    *quick-cooking or old fashioned oats work for this recipe

    Directions:

    1. Combine the oat flour, oats, flaxseed meal, protein powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.

    2. Add in the nut butter, maple syrup, non-dairy milk, and vanilla extract. Use a spatula to mix everything together. Once you get a dough-like consistency, fold in your chocolate chips.

    3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form the dough into 1-2 tbsp golf ball circles and place on the baking sheet. Allow the oatmeal bites to set in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.

    Notes: store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks

    Jenny Lieberman is a recipe developer, certified group fitness instructor, and recent high school graduate from Boca Raton, FL. She loves all things health and wellness, so you will probably find her looking up the newest food and fitness trends. She is currently on a gap year program at Midreshet Torah v’Avodah (MTVA) in Jerusalem, Israel. Jenny will be attending the University of Maryland, College Park, starting Fall 2021. You can follow Jenny on her Instagram healthy food account (@toomuchonmyplate_) to see more of her recipes!