Saturday, September 24, 2011

Packable Snacks

I LOVE packing lunches! And I love making healthy snacks over the weekend so that I can add them to my lunches or snack on them throughout the week. Also, I make a lot make-ahead dinners (which I'll post on later) to prepare for the week. With school, homework, and cross country every day it's hard to find time to do my favorite thing--cooking! So I make things ahead of time so that I can enjoy them all week and I don't fall into what my mom calls "cooking withdrawal."

Here are two make-ahead recipes that you can easily separate into individual servings to get ahead on packing for the week.

Edamame Hummus
1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups frozen shelled edamame, thawed
2 tablespoons tahini
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
water or lemon juice, as needed

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until creamy. Add extra lemon juice or water until the hummus reaches the consistency you want.

Oatmeal Snack Bars
1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
3/4 cup warm water
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup sucanat
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1 cup puffed brown rice cereal
2 tablespoons almond butter
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup honey

1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Mix the flaxzeed meal and warm water together in a medium bowl and set aside to thicken while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
3. Mix together the oats, flours, cinnamon, sucanat, raisins, almonds, and cereal in a large bowl.
4. Whisk the almond butter, applesauce, and honey into the flax mixture.
5. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring to combine.
6. Spread the batter into an 8x8 square pan lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 25 minutes, or until browned and firm.

You can wrap these individually in plastic wrap to save for snacks during the week.

Or you can be eco-friendly and pack them in little reusable containers.

And then you can take embarrasing pictures of yourself depleting the stash of bars for this week...or not...

By the way, if you have any questions, comments, or requests, please leave a comment below!

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