Busy Schedule Snack Ideas

Busy Schedule Snack Ideas

Create our simple make-ahead snacks for the next time you’re in a time crunch.



By: Helen Jane Hearn

It’s always a good idea to have snacks on the ready, especially if you’re tending to a busy schedule. Instead of resorting to store-bought snacks, plan ahead. These snacks can take a little longer to prepare, but the key is to make them in bulk so they’re ready to go for emergency snacking.

Make-Ahead Snacks
Use our recipes for simple snacks to make now and enjoy later.

Homemade Granola Recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes
Bake time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4-6
Difficulty: Easy
Cost: $

Ingredients
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup almonds, smashed
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup coconut flakes (optional)
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup dried fruit

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F, and then cover a baking sheet in parchment paper and set aside
  2. In a large bowl, add oatmeal, almonds, salt and coconut flakes
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, mix canola oil, honey and vanilla until they are well blended
  4. Combine the oatmeal and honey mixtures in the large bowl until it’s coated and spread onto the covered baking sheet
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown, and then mix in a cup of dried fruit and let cool before eating
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Hard-Boiled Eggs
Put 6 eggs into a saucepan, and then cover by an extra inch of water. Bring it to a boil and cook for five minutes. Turn off the heat and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 15 minutes. Put eggs in separate bowl (to not confuse them with raw eggs) and store in the fridge. Hold them for up to a week, and peel and eat them whenever you need a snack!

Bean Burritos
All you need is a flour tortilla, shredded cheese and black beans. Wrap up the fillings in the tortilla and freeze. When you’re ready to eat, microwave for one minute for an economical and delicious after-school (or after-work) treat.

Quick-Prep
Don’t have time to make ahead? Whip up these simple treats in five minutes or less.

The Ultimate Peanut Butter Sandwich
Peanut butter is a savory treat that lends itself to on-the-go snacking. Invest in quality peanut butter, fresh baked whole grain bread, local jam, chocolate hazelnut spread, marshmallow spread or even pickles to combine for a very memorable homemade treat.

Fresh Fruit
From apples and peaches to grapes, strawberries and bananas, fruit is an excellent go-to quick snack for a busy family. A quick tip: wash your fruit as you put it away in the fridge or the fruit bowl. Then you can just grab and go later in the week!

Ants on a Log
Whip up this quick, classic and wholesome snack in a matter of minutes. Go the traditional route of creamy peanut butter and tasty raisins, or jazz things up with:

  • Cream cheese and sun-dried tomatoes
  • Almond butter and dried cherries
  • Hummus and black olive slices

Popcorn
Put 1/4 cup of loose, plain popcorn kernels in a plain paper bag in the microwave on the “popcorn” setting (about three minutes). Once it’s popped, add some olive oil and salt for a treat that the whole family loves.

What is your go-to snack?



Napa Valley-based Helen has written about Internet culture and home entertaining at helenjane.com since 1998. She is a certified wine specialist and founder of Cheesewhizzes, a nationwide cheese-tasting club. She also captains her bocce team, Joanie Loves Bocce.

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