Healthy No Bake Snacks
- March 29, 2021
- Last Updated: March 14, 2023
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A delicious round-up of healthy no bake snacks made without an oven, ready in minutes for when those cravings hit!
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Do you struggle to come up with super simple, quick, easy to make snacks without cooking?
We love snacks and we eat all kinds of snacks, but when time is short, my brain forgets about the wonderfully easy no bake healthy snacks.
These work well for nearly every population! Consider healthy snacks for athletes, go-to options for busy professionals, a healthy toddler snack and even as fuel for non refrigerated healthy road trip snacks.
You don’t need an oven, many are ready in minutes, and they are tasty for kids and adults alike.
What more could you want for no bake snack ideas? Many of these also double as a way to meal prep oats, too!
Part of parenthood (and really, any busy adult) is simplification.
As I’ve aged, I’ve realized I pay more for and put more value on convenience.
So many of these are great examples of healthy snacks while breastfeeding and nourishing postpartum snacks.
You can have most of these easy to make snacks without cooking pretty instantaneously with minimal effort. Many of these come in handy as college meal prep recipes!
You can even make these in bulk – I always make extra healthy snacks to freeze when I have a lot of energy so my future self (with not a lot of energy) can reap the benefits.
In fact, many of my favorite energy bites are healthy snacks with oatmeal and peanut butter – a great combination of complex carbs, healthy fats, protein and fiber to feel full and satisfied.
Making freezable snacks also comes in handy for pregnancy and new parenthood, traveling, post workout snacks and more.
What Are Healthy No Bake Snacks?
- Firstly, these no bake snack recipes are homemade with recipes you can pronounce and find easily (if you use thrive market, you can order pretty much all my staples to have directly shipped to you).
- Secondly, no preservatives are necessary here. What you see is what you get! Once you make them, they make for easy fridge snacks to grab and go. Just like my favorite homemade running snacks.
- The majority of these no cook snacks have fruits and vegetables included in them which means even when you’re snacking, you’re contributing towards your 5 a day!
Snacks are actually a great way to add MORE fruits and vegetables to your diet. I’m pretty against the idea of restriction – as you may know.
But, the idea of easy to make snacks without cooking pretty appealing for busy people!
Better yet – many of these are great ways to introduce kids to more fruits/veggies or get them in the kitchen. No bake healthy snacks for kids for the win (More fun kid friendly muffins here).
It can be as easy as letting them help cut carrots and cucumbers into slices for a platter, and serve with ranch dipping sauce or hummus.
We love these kids’ knives for such purposes.
A lot of these healthy snack no bake recipes are also adaptable and can be made gluten-free, dairy-free, or completely vegan. Protein balls without dates can be quick and easy (mainly since some whole dates require soaking overnight or for a few hours).
This makes it easier for you to prep something that could be suitable for the whole family.
For example, vegan energy bites are very adaptable. If you don’t need them to be vegan, use honey. Otherwise, stick with maple syrup.
For those with peanut allergies, you can make protein balls without peanut butter – just swap in sunflower butter or even tahini in some cases. My favorite nut free protein balls are these pomegranate energy bites!
Packing No Bake Snacks
The added joy of these no bake snack recipes is that they can be made quickly and easily. There’s no baking involved (the clue’s in the name!) which means you really can make these in minutes.
If you decide to do a last minute workout or have a long car journey comingsat up (road trip snacks!), you can whip these together and have them ready in no time for on the go.
Many of these no bake energy bites are small and easily replicated, so you can split them up into smaller containers to transport them wherever you may be off to.
Or, make this healthy homemade trail mix recipe and put it in a stasher for road trips, and grab and go options.
We also like to have them as a dessert after a meal (see the vegan chocolate pudding recipe) or even pair them with meals depending on what we’re having.
The possibilities for when to have these amazingly yummy no bake snacks are endless!
Preparation Tips For No Bake Snack Recipes
Conveniently, a lot of these recipes include very similar ingredients. This makes meal/snack prep a lot easier because you don’t have a shopping list as long as your arm to make something that is meant to be quick & easy!
Keep a good stock of the following ingredients in your pantry (here’s a list of my essential pantry staples) that you can use regularly & that have a long use-by date;
- Oats (love these sprouted oats for more nutrition)
- Peanut Butter (there are SO many healthy snacks with peanut butter, and I even prefer to make my own!)
- Cinnamon, Nutmeg & Pumpkin Spice
- Cocoa powder
- Dates & Raisins
- Coconut sugar or brown sugar (I recommend this coconut sugar from Thrive Market)
I also like a good chocolate protein powder to add protein to several of my favorite raw energy balls.
Easy to Make Snacks without Cooking
These healthy no bake snacks make for some of the best easy to make snacks without cooking to simplify healthy eating in a busy lifestyle.
No Bake Peanut Butter Cherry Trail Mix Bites are the perfect pre-run or on-the-go snack! Full of flavor, fiber and a hint of sweetness, they are kid friendly, gluten free and vegan.
These lemon protein balls are the perfect, refreshing snack. Made with lemon zest, chia seeds, a blend of coconut flour and oat flour, these lemon coconut protein balls are satisfying and energizing.
Carrot Oatmeal Raisin Bars are a delicious carrot cake bars recipe made with a raisin and date puree, shredded carrots, peanut butter and oats. They make for a family friendly snack any time of year!
Pumpkin no bake cookies are quick, easy and delicious, made with only 8 ingredients and can be vegan, dairy and gluten free!
These no bake 5 ingredient peanut butter energy bites are a great on-the-go snack. Made with oats, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, coconut and some spices, these sweet potato bites are everything you'd want in a healthy portable snack.
These chocolate almond balls are easy, incredibly delicious and make for a great snack on the go. A touch of collagen makes these collagen bites a high-protein snack to hold you over.
Frozen cookie dough bites made with sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans, peanut butter and maple syrup are the best homemade cookie dough bites. Just take them out of the freezer and enjoy these no bake cookie dough bites frozen!
Sweet Potato Vegan Edible Cookie Dough is the perfect appetizer for your sweet tooth. This vegan cookie dough recipe is made with natural ingredients and goes perfectly with fruit, chocolate and graham crackers, making it one of the best healthy vegan desserts!
These vegan trail mix bars are great for athletes on the go, as a pre or post workout snack. Made with oats, maple syrup, peanut butter and nuts, raisins, and hemp seeds, these wholesome vegan trail mix bars are easy make ahead snacks!
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Balls are a healthy snack or dessert option. Made with coconut flour, oats, chocolate and peanut butter, these chocolate coconut balls are gluten-free, full of fiber, protein and flavor.
Chocolate Pomegranate Energy Balls are the perfect high-fiber on-the-go snack, naturally sweetened with dates. Not only are they full of antioxidants, but these nut free protein balls are gluten-free and can be made vegan.
Here's how to make the easiest and best homemade trail mix. This diy trail mix is super simple, delicious and a great portable snack option!
Cherry Chocolate Coconut Milk Chia Pudding is a great way to use those summer cherries. Great as a breakfast, snack or dessert, this coconut chia seed pudding recipe with cherries and chocolate is an easy vegan dessert. Add whipped cream if you'd like!
This Peanut Butter Coffee Smoothie is an easy, delicious coffee protein smoothie with a kick of caffeine. Enjoy it with breakfast or as an energizing snack!
Banana chia pudding is like a healthy banana pudding in a glass, filled with nourishing ingredients like bananas, chia seeds, milk and shredded coconut.
Chocolate Coconut Cream Pudding is a creamy, decadent, dairy free pudding treat to quench your sweet tooth with only 3 ingredients!
Cinnamon peanut butter is a creamy, tasty peanut butter made in your own kitchen with only natural ingredients! If you've never tried peanut butter and cinnamon together, you're in for a real treat!
What are your favorite kid friendly no bake snacks?
Salted Cinnamon Peanut Butter might be the best idea I’ve ever heard!