4 Filling, Healthy Snack Bites to Keep at Your Desk
With these delicious and nutritious munchies from The First Mess Cookbook
around, you'll be counting the minutes till snacktime.
Your New Favorite Granola Bars
As you'd expect from a health-food blogger
and cookbook author, Laura Wright has made her share of homemade granola bars over the years; the ideal ones for her are at once chewy, crisp and just sticky enough. These sesame-flecked bars are the only ones she makes now: They meet her criteria and
are perfectly savory and sweet, thanks to sea salt, three kinds of seeds, cacao nibs, semi-sweet chocolate chips and tahini, the sesame paste that's often used to make hummus. (And, if you don't care for or don't have tahini, she says you can swap in almond butter with equally tasty results.)
Get the recipe: Seedy Sesame Granola Bars with Chocolate
Grown-Up Cheesy Crackers
These crisp and golden crackers may remind you of the goldfish-shaped bites kids love, but consider these the good-for-you version. Made with high-protein chickpea flour
and a range of seeds
, from sesame to sunflower to hemp, the subtly cheese-flavored crackers are so tasty, Wright mostly snacks on them plain, though they're also delicious with any dip or spread.
Get the recipe: Sunshine Everything Crackers
Nonwimpy Kale Chips
Think you don't like kale chips? Maybe that's because the ones you've tried haven't been crunchy enough. Wright has a trick for retaining that crispness: She dresses hers up with a layer of chia, hemp and sesame seeds. The coating helps the chips stay extra crunchy, and adds some toasty flavor, too. And she suggests using lacinato or other flat kale, because those varieties dry out more easily and therefore crisp much faster.
Get the recipe: Superseeded Kale Crisps
A Breakfast Food with a Snacky Twist
It can be tricky (or downright messy) to snack on granola without a spoon; all those healthful bits of oats, nuts and seeds tend to fall everywhere. The secret is to make granola clusters, which you can easily grab a handful of and munch on without leaving a pile of crumbs on your keyboard. Wright's recipe explains how. The combo of liquid and dry sweetener, along with some ground flax results in big, crunchy shards. And, packing the mixture down tightly helps to form clusters, then you bake in the oven, undisturbed, until golden brown.
Get the recipe: Mega-Clump Granola