Healthy Snack Recipes

Satisfy after-school and after-work munchies with one of these healthy snacks. From sweet to salty to savory, we've got all your cravings covered.

Snack Smarter

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Healthy Ways to Snack Smarter

Eating healthier doesn't mean you have to give up snacking. In fact, snacking can be an excellent way to curb cravings and keep you satisfied between meals, as long as you snack smart. These lighter, healthier options are the perfect way to enjoy your favorite types of treats without blowing your calorie budget.

First up, Popcorn Balls!

This sweet and salty sphere is sure to please every age in your house. You can easily leave the peanuts out if allergies demand.

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Happy-Hour Hummus

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Happy-Hour Hummus

It's a quick snack to make before dinner. Throw all the ingredients into a food processor, give it a whirl, and presto–you've bought yourself an hour to make a meal. Healthy dippers include baby carrots, radishes, jicama, and sugar snap peas.

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Honey-Glazed Almonds

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Honey-Glazed Almonds

Spiced nuts are usually baked; this stovetop version speeds up the process. The smoky-spicy snack will store well in an airtight container for several days.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

This is a salty, sweet pick-up dessert that works as well for a snack as it does for a party.

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Chewy Caramel Apple Cookies

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Chewy Caramel Apple Cookies

These chewy cookies are actually gluten-free, but you can't even taste the difference!

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Hot-Pink Smoothies

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Hot-Pink Smoothies

Smoothies are a great opportunity for kids to add their own personality and get creative. The yogurt adds a dose of calcium. Be sure to use frozen fruit—it eliminates the need for ice.

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Orange-Hazelnut Snack Muffins

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Orange-Hazelnut Snack Muffins

Hazelnut flour (often called meal) is full of heart-healthy fats, fiber, and protein.

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Roasted Sweet Onion Dip

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Roasted Sweet Onion Dip

Serve this dip with gluten-free rice crackers or mixed fresh vegetables. Making the recipe a day ahead allows the flavors to meld.

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Toasted Barley and Berry Granola

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Toasted Barley and Berry Granola

Though rolled barley flakes look nearly identical to rolled oats, they pack more fiber. Look for them in whole-foods shops or supermarket bulk food bins. Serve over plain low-fat yogurt.

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Chocolate-Almond Pretzels

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Chocolate-Almond Pretzels

This recipe calls for gluten-free ingredients, but you can just as easily use other pretzels or chocolate if gluten isn't a concern.

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Baked Mozzarella Bites

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Baked Mozzarella Bites

Serve this quick after-school snack to your kids as an alternative to traditional fried cheesesticks.

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Baked Pita Chips

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Baked Pita Chips

These crispy chips are a great choice for after-school tummy satisfaction.

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Easy Guacamole

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Easy Guacamole

The food processor makes quick work of this easy guacamole that's rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. We like the heat from the jalapeño seeds, but you can seed the pepper for a milder guac. Serve with tortilla chips or crudités.

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Butterscotch Pudding

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Butterscotch Pudding

Treat yourself to a snack with this rich, super creamy butterscotch pudding.

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Peach-Mango Smoothie

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Peach-Mango Smoothie

You're only 2 minutes and 5 ingredients away from enjoying this fruit-packed, energy-boosting smoothie.

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Peanut Butter-Banana Spirals

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Peanut Butter-Banana Spirals

Peanut butter is the star in this recipe, supported by banana, yogurt, and, for crunch, wheat germ.

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Coconut-Date Truffle Bites

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Coconut-Date Truffle Bites

Pop a couple of these chocolatey bites in your mouth for a sweet and satisfying afternoon pick-me-up.

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Roasted Garlic, Poblano, and Red Pepper Guacamole

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Roasted Garlic, Poblano, and Red Pepper Guacamole

You can use this guacamole liven up a turkey sandwich or as a condiment in a vegetable wrap. If time is tight, simply serve it with store-bought baked tortilla chips. When storing, press plastic wrap against the surface to help keep it from oxidizing and turning brown.

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Trail Mix

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Trail Mix

The trick to getting kids to eat trail mix: Add just a little bit of the sweet stuff to the nutritious stuff so it tastes like a treat. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with magnesium and zinc, and the cranberries are chock-full of vitamin C and fiber.

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Pistachio-Chai Muffins

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Pistachio-Chai Muffins

These healthy muffins get their unique flavor from chai tea blend and roasted chopped pistachios.

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Granola with Honey-Scented Yogurt and Baked Figs

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Granola with Honey-Scented Yogurt and Baked Figs

The granola itself is a star player, but the yogurt and figs take it to a whole new level of delicious.

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Fudgy Oatmeal Bars

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Fudgy Oatmeal Bars

Satisfy the whole family's chocolate cravings with these delicous fudgy oatmeal bars.

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Vanilla Honey-Nut Smoothie

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Vanilla Honey-Nut Smoothie

Start with creamy frozen yogurt and add peanut butter, milk, and honey for a nutty, sweet treat. Silken tofu and ground flaxseed help this smoothie stick with you throughout an afternoon of running errands.

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Parmesan-Rosemary Flatbread Crackers

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Parmesan-Rosemary Flatbread Crackers

These sweetly-salty crackers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Nutty Whole-Grain Granola

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Nutty Whole-Grain Granola

This granola is fantastic on its own, but also lends that perfect bite to our Quinoa-Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Cumin Chips

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Cumin Chips

If you can find blue corn tortillas, they'll add a pop of color. Store in an airtight container.

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Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

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Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Our readers rave about these classic oatmeal cookies. This version is lightened, but you'd never know it.

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Blueberry-Peach Ice Pops

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Blueberry-Peach Ice Pops

An icy-fruity blueberry layer sandwiches creamy summer peach mousse for a stunning and delicious treat that children and adults will love.

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Cucumber, Apple, and Mint Cooler

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Cucumber, Apple, and Mint Cooler

Each serving of this smoothie offers 1/2 cup of vegetables, plus a little fruit.

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Fudgy Brownies

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Fudgy Brownies

These sweet, chewy brownies get their rich flavor from both cocoa and dark chocolate, but they're lower in fat than traditional brownies because the recipe calls for low-fat milk, fewer eggs, and less sugar and butter.

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Spicy Maple-Cashew Popcorn

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Spicy Maple-Cashew Popcorn

For a more kid-friendly version, omit the ground red pepper. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

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Quinoa-Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Quinoa-Granola Chocolate Chip Cookies

Use an already-made batch of our Nutty Whole-Grain Granola to whip up these scrumptious cookies.

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Creamy Spinach and Feta Dip

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Creamy Spinach and Feta Dip

Bright and tangy nonfat Greek yogurt helps save 100 calories and 3g sat fat.

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Chewy Oat Squares

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Chewy Oat Squares

These hearty squares are simple to make and wonderfully portable—they are perfect for packing in lunch boxes or for snacking in the car.

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Spicy Almond-Pumpkinseed Snack Mix

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Spicy Almond-Pumpkinseed Snack Mix

This snack mix is a great choice for an office pick-me-up. It stores well for up to a week in an airtight container.

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Mango-Lime Sorbet

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Mango-Lime Sorbet

Depending on how sweet your mangoes are, you can add more or less lime and more or less simple syrup. To make simple syrup, combine equal parts water and granulated sugar in a saucepan; stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool before using.

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Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

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Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Make the chips in advance, cool completely, and store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

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Salty-Sweet Pine Nut Bars

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Salty-Sweet Pine Nut Bars

These bars are sweet, salty, and nutty—the perfect craving buster. Pine nuts can be expensive; pecans are a less pricey but equally delicious alternative.

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Monkey Bars

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Monkey Bars

Monkey bars are moist snacking cakes that might remind you of banana bread.

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Mixed Berries with Orange Mascarpone Cream

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Mixed Berries with Orange Mascarpone Cream

Summertime means berries and stone fruits. Take advantage of the abundance and low prices of the season, and serve them for a quick and easy dessert. Any combination of berries will work; you can even add a sliced nectarine or two.

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Maple-Chile Popcorn

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Maple-Chile Popcorn

A heatproof spatula works best to combine and spread the ingredients into the pan. Kids may prefer this without the red pepper. Store in an airtight container for up to a week at room temperature.

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Kale Chips

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Kale Chips

These chips are crispy, crunchy, salty, and so easy to make. Opt for them instead of potato chips next time you're craving a salty snack. For a different flavor, try sprinkling the kale with grated Parmesan, red pepper flakes, or sweet paprika before baking.

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Creamiest Chocolate Pudding

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Creamiest Chocolate Pudding

This recipe earned our Test Kitchen's highest rating. A combination of cocoa powder and dark chocolate offers acidity and floral notes. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator up to 5 days. For a pretty presentation, dip mint sprigs in water and gently dredge in sugar; let dry on a wire rack.

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Tomato Turnovers

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Tomato Turnovers

These tomato turnovers impress, whether served as a snack or a party appetizer.

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Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Dip

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Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Dip

Use a mandoline to cut the potato for the best results; hand-cutting is less likely to produce sufficiently thin and uniform slices. If you have any leftover chips, store them in an airtight container for up to a week. You'll need to bake them for 2 minutes at 450° to recrisp before eating.

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Peanut-Almond Snack Bars

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Peanut-Almond Snack Bars

Featuring pretzels, marshmallows, peanut butter, almonds, and even a little hint of chocolate, is there any snack attack this bar can't beat?

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Almond Bread

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Almond Bread

A package of almond paste— which you'll find on the baking aisle— makes this loaf incredibly moist and dense, almost like a pound cake.

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Berry and Banana Smoothies

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Berry and Banana Smoothies

Pop the sliced peeled banana in the freezer the night before so the next morning's prep is quick and easy.

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Tuscan Lemon Muffins

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Tuscan Lemon Muffins

Enjoy these lemony treats for a sweet snack. Ricotta cheese ensures a light and fluffy texture.

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Banana Split Sundaes

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Banana Split Sundaes

Believe it or not, banana splits are a great way for children to have a well-balanced sweet treat. The secret? Go heavy on the fruit!

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Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

The mashed ripe banana adds just the right amount of sweetness, allowing you to use less sugar and butter than you might normally use.

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Honey-Roasted Nuts and Fruit

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Honey-Roasted Nuts and Fruit

Use any variety of mixed nuts or seeds you like in this trail mix. Dried fruit is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and the nuts add healthy fats and protein, which makes this an excellent on-the-go snack.

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Avocado Ice Pops

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Avocado Ice Pops

Avocados are a fruit and creamy-rich–perfect for freezing on a stick.

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Zucchini Mini Muffins

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Zucchini Mini Muffins

These work as a tasty snack, or even for breakfast! For equal portions, use a small ice-cream scoop to spoon the batter into the muffin cups.

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Cinnamon-Sugar Popcorn

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Cinnamon-Sugar Popcorn

Look for air-popped popcorn with no added ingredients, or pop your own. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture on top for a yummy, family-friendly treat.

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Cheddar-Parmesan Biscotti

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Cheddar-Parmesan Biscotti

Keep a stash of these savory biscotti in your desk drawer for a quick snack. They'd also be good with soup or chili. They'll keep for up to a week stored in an airtight container.

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Black Bean Hummus

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Black Bean Hummus

This Middle Eastern dip is made with black beans instead of the traditional chickpeas. And for a bit of extra flavor, stir in some jalapeño pepper and lime juice.

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Gluten-Free S'more Bars

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Gluten-Free S'more Bars

For those with gluten intolerance, it's important to create a few desserts that taste as good as the real thing. This one sure does. Try Cup4Cup flour and S'moreables gluten-free graham crackers for the best results.

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Apple-Toffee Hand Pies

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Apple-Toffee Hand Pies

Look for toffee chips near the chocolate chips on the baking aisle. Be sure to chill the butter beforehand to make it easier to cut into small cubes.

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Chewy Coconut Granola Bars

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Chewy Coconut Granola Bars

Super-easy to make, these are perfect for breakfast, the car, or a snack.

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Sweet Chipotle Snack Mix

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Sweet Chipotle Snack Mix

Have this addictive mix on hand for nibbling all week long. Ground chipotle pepper and chili spices combine with sugar to coat this three-part combo of pepitas (pumpkinseeds), almonds, and cashews. You can even make it ahead of time to bring with you to work.

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Peppery Pepita Brittle

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Peppery Pepita Brittle

Boost brittle to a whole new level with this mildly spicy treat.

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Classic Banana Bread

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Classic Banana Bread

We love this bread's moist texture and simple flavor. Banana bread should form a crack down the center as it bakes—a sign the baking soda is doing its job.

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Chocolate-Butterscotch-Nut Clusters

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Chocolate-Butterscotch-Nut Clusters

For those with a serious sweet tooth, one or two of these tasty treats will do the trick.

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Muffins

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Pumpkin-Cranberry Muffins

Canned pumpkin offers the same health benefits as fresh but is more convenient. It contributes both color and moistness to these fruit-filled muffins.

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Blueberry-Passion Fruit Smoothie

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Blueberry-Passion Fruit Smoothie

With plenty of fruit, fiber, and protein, this quick shake is a sweet snack you can feel good about. You can also enjoy a larger serving as a healthful breakfast. Look for canned passion fruit nectar with other bottled and canned juices or in the Latin food section of your grocery store. If you can't find it, substitute pineapple juice.

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Walnut Coffee Cake

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Walnut Coffee Cake

Great for a midmorning pick-me-up, this classic cake has a sweet streak of brown sugar and warm cinnamon with the nutty crunch of walnuts inside. Chop the walnuts to the size of small peas to ensure they are evenly distributed in the cake. Substitute pecans for walnuts, if desired.

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Chili-Spiced Almonds

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Chili-Spiced Almonds

These flavorful nuts make a convenient, portable snack. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week.

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Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

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Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

Just enough butter for caramel goodness and peanut butter for heart-healthy richness.

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Banana Snacking Cake

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Banana Snacking Cake

This moist cake is a perfectly sweet snack that's sure to please every member of your family.

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Sweet and Spicy Nut and Pretzel Mix

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Sweet and Spicy Nut and Pretzel Mix

Don't forget to set a timer to remind you of the nuts toasting in the oven.

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Sweet and Spicy Pumpkinseeds

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Sweet and Spicy Pumpkinseeds

For even more kick, add an extra 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper.

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Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Smoothies

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Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Smoothies

The classic combination of peanut butter, banana, and chocolate is an easy sell with most kids. Parents will love that these smoothies are full of potassium, fiber, and protein.

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Rosemary Roasted Almonds

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Rosemary Roasted Almonds

Fresh rosemary gives wonderful fragrance and flavor to this roasted almond recipe, and chili powder provides just the right amount of spiciness. Serve at a party or as an everyday snack.

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Kitchen Sink Oatmeal Cookies

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Kitchen Sink Oatmeal Cookies

As the name suggests, you can put just about anything in these cookies. Chocolate chips and walnuts are definitely some ingredients that you won’t want to leave out.

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Banana Fluffer Nutters

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Banana Fluffer Nutters

Make a peanut butter and marshmallow creme sandwich between two slices of a banana for a lightly sweetened late-night treat.

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Gingery Lemon Curd Sundae

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Gingery Lemon Curd Sundae

Make the smart choice and switch from traditional ice cream to nonfat frozen Greek yogurt. By making the swap, you save more than enough calories to add toppings on your FroYo, such as prepared lemon curd and gingersnaps.

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Edamame Crunch

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Edamame Crunch

Boiled edamame sprinkled with sesame seeds and a dash of salt packs in 8g of protein in a half cup serving. Try this staff favorite sautéed or roasted, too.

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Smashed Avocado on Toast

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Smashed Avocado on Toast

A smashed avocado on a piece of whole-wheat toast is a great snack before a run or workout. With the perfect combination of healthy fats and carbohydrates, this snack will keep your body energized without weighing you down.

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