Confession: I dream about snacks. All the time. Is this a curse? I say no, it’s a gift. Sweet, salty, crunchy or smooth, I like to tell myself that I’ve mastered to art of crafting snacks. But, when it comes to concocting a new recipe, I do have a few requirements. They must be exceptionally easy, at least a little nutritious and 100% delicious. So, I wanted to share 10 of my most awesome snack hacks perfect for after-school noshing with the kids. Try them out, and I guarantee you will be dreaming about snacks too.

1. Justin’s snack packs

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recipe: peel, dip, devour! throw one in your lunch box or keep on hand for a delicious after school pick-me-up!

benefits: gluten free, portion controlled, 3-5 grams protein, vegan, kosher

[available exclusively at Target™ in 3 delicious flavors.]

2. chocolate hazelnut banana “nice” cream

Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Nice Cream

recipe: in a food processor, blend together 2 frozen bananas, 2 tablespoons almond milk and 3 tablespoons Justin’s® chocolate hazelnut butter until creamy and smooth. enjoy! [serves 2]

benefits: low sugar, high in potassium, vegan, gluten free

3. maple almond butter yogurt parfaits

Almond Butter Yogurt Parfait

recipe: layer plain greek yogurt, gluten-free granola, berries, bananas and Justin’s® maple almond butter for a delicious snack packed with protein.

benefits: high protein, gluten free

4. peanut butter strawberry graham stackers

PB & Strawberry Graham Stackers

recipe: spread graham crackers with Justin’s® peanut butter and top with sliced strawberries for a fun twist on a pb&j.

5. peanut butter apple sandwiches

PB Apple Sandwiches

recipe: slice an apple horizontally into circles, remove core with a small cookie cutter and fill with Justin’s® peanut butter. stack and enjoy!

benefits: gluten free, low sugar

6. 3-ingredient peanut butter banana oatmeal cookies

3 Ingredient, No Sugar PB Banana Oatmeal Cookies

recipe: mash together 2 ripe bananas with 1 cup gluten-free oats. drop tablespoon size balls of dough on a baking sheet and bake @350 for 12-15 minutes. drizzle warm cookies with melted Justin’s® peanut butter. devour.

benefits: low sugar, gluten free

7. vanilla almond butter cookie dough dip

Vanilla Almond Butter Cookie Dough Dip

ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Justin’s® vanilla almond butter
  • 1.5 cups garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1/4 cup organic stevia (or other sweetener)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of baking powder
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

recipe: in the bowl of a food processor, combine all ingredients except chocolate chips. blend until smooth and fully combined. stir in chocolate chips. eat raw or use as a dip for graham crackers, pretzels, apples etc.

benefits: low sugar, high protein, gluten free

8. chocolate hazelnut energy bites

Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Snacks

recipe: melt ½ cup Justin’s® chocolate hazelnut butter and 1 tablespoon coconut oil in microwave (about 20 seconds) to soften. mix in ½ cup gluten free oats, ¼ cup shredded coconut and 1 teaspoon honey. shape into 1 inch balls and refrigerate.

benefits: low sugar, high protein, gluten free

9. loaded nut butter apple nachos

Apple Nachos

ingredients:

  • sliced apples
  • coconut, chocolate chips, chopped nuts
  • Justin’s® nut butter

recipe: layer sliced apples with toppings of choice and drizzle with your favorite Justin’s® nut butter.

benefits: gluten free, vegan

10. mini peanut butter cup stuffed brownie bites

Mini PB Cup Stuffed Brownie Bites

recipe: stuff your favorite brownie bites with Justin’s® mini peanut butter cups and drizzle with extra peanut butter for the cutest little treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.