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Snack Hacks

From after school to quick weekend bites, here are some of our favorite nutritious, delicious family-friendly recipes using Nature’s Bakery bars.

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Sweet 'N Salty Snack Mix

Sweet + Salty = best combo! Try this delicious snack mix for your next gathering (or save it for yourself, we won’t judge!)

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cereal of choice
  • 1 cup of corn puffs
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 2 cups of popcorn
  • 1 cup of pretzels
  • 1 Nature's Bakery Brownie Bar (cut into smaller pieces)
  • 1/3 cup melted dark chocolate

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and drizzle the melted dark chocolate on top. Enjoy!
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Double Chocolate Baked Oats

Double Chocolate Baked Oats Baked Oats are ALL the rage right now, and we understand why! Simple, delicious, plant based, and warm. This recipe will be on repeat for the foreseeable future.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup banana
  • 1 tbsp dark cacao powder
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp of ground flax with 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of oat milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • Mini dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Baked-Ins Chocolate Oat Bar

Directions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients together in a high-powered blender except for the baked ins bar and chocolate chips.
  2. Pour into 2 mini ramekins and top with mini chocolate chips and cut up baked ins chocolate oat bar.
  3. Bake in the oven for approximately 15 mins.
  4. Pour additional oat milk on top (optional).
  5. Drizzle with mini dark chocoalate chips and enjoy!
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Fruit & Fig Bar Skewers

Skewers, but make 'em plant based! Chilled fruit & Fig Bar skewers are the perfect anytime snackS for a refreshing, lite bite. Pack them up or make them at home for afterschool or weekend snacks. Bonus: Use mini cookie cutters to make fun shapes that every kid & kid at heart will love.

Recipe By: @food.kids.love

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Brownie Fudge Pops

These chocolate-y plant based, dairy free Brownie Fudge Pops snack hack is fun to make and even more fun to eat!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of chocolate oat milk
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 Double Chocolate Brownie.

Directions:

  1. In a high powered blender, blend the banana, hemp hearts and chocolate oat milk until smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle mold of choice.
  3. lace in freezer.
  4. In the meantime, finely chop the Brownie bar and combine.
  5. Freeze ice pop mixture for 2 hours and then pull out to add the brownie crumbs on top.
  6. Stick a popsicle stick in the middle and freeze overnight or until fully frozen.

Quick Tip: Skip the peanuts for a nut free version!

Recipe By: @food.kids.love

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Dairy Free Frozen Yogurt & Fudge Pops

These frozen yogurt & fudge pop creations (using our Fig Bars & Double Chocolate Brownies) are plant based, dairy free, nut free and delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • Nature's Bakery Fig Bars & Brownies
  • lollipop sticks
  • 1 cup dairy free yogurt
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp sunflower oil and dye free sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Combine sunflower oil and chocolate chips, melt chocolate (microwave or stove top!).
  2. Stir yogurt and maple syrup in another bowl, then insert lollipop sticks into the Brownies.
  3. Dip into melted chocolate until fully coated and place on a parchment lined tray.
  4. Add sprinkles on top and repeat with yogurt & Fig Bars.
  5. Freeze for at least 5 hours, remove & enjoy!

Recipe By: @food.kids.love

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Dairy Free Nice Cream Sandwiches

Let’s chill and make some Vanilla Nice Cream Sandwiches using our Baked-Ins!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite Baked-Ins Bars
  • 4 Frozen Ripe Bananas
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tbsp Unsweetened Oat Milk.

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Spread mixture onto a sheet pan and freeze for a few hours.
  3. Once ready, cut into rectangle slices to fit a Baked-Ins bar.
  4. Place on top of one bar and sandwich together with another bar. Enjoy!

Quick Tip: Skip the peanuts for a nut free version!

Recipe By: @food.kids.love

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Star-berry Fig Bars & Brownies

Aim for the stars and try this dazzling Snack Hack by @food.kids.love! So fun and easy to do with the entire family. Simply use a mini star fruit cutter to cut shapes out of your favorite Fig Bars and Brownies. Using a kid-friendly knife, slice fresh strawberries lengthwise and use the same fruit cutter to cut star strawberry shapes. Place the strawberry stars into the bars and voila: Star-berry Fig Bars and Brownies!

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Star-berry Fig Bars & Brownies

We all scream for NICE cream! Gather the fam to make this easy and tasty dairy-free treat by @food.kids.love! In a food processor, combine 1 cup of frozen banana, 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries, 1 tbsp of unsweetened oat milk, and 1/4 tsp vanilla extract. Blend until smooth. Scoop into an ice cream container or loaf pan. Crumble a Strawberry Oatmeal Crumble bar into the mixture. Fold in gently. Cover and freeze for a few hours. When you’re ready to eat it, let it thaw for at least 15 minutes before scooping. Top with more of the crumbled bar and dye-free sprinkles to make it extra special!

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Fruit & Flower Power Fig Bars

Get those creative juices flowering and put together these fun and easy vegan cream cheese Fig Bar flowers with the kiddos. Combine 1/2 cup of vegan cream cheese, 1-2 tsp of maple syrup and 1/4 tsp of vanilla together in one bowl. Separate the cream cheese mixture into 3 separate bowls. In a food processor, grind up 1 tbsp each of freeze-dried ground strawberry, blueberry and mango separately. Add each flavor to the 3 separate bowls of cream cheese frosting and mix well. Put into a piping bag or Ziplock bag with a piping tip and pipe frosting onto a Fig Bar. Arrange as desired, and get creative with additional fruit or veggies (@food.kids.love added a tangerine, celery stalks, and crumbled Double Chocolate Brownies)!

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Here Today, Gone To-mah-to

This snack is the savory-sweet hack you didn’t know you needed! Gather four packages of Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars (two bars in each wrapper=eight bars total) and cut each Fig Bar in half. Chop 1 tablespoon sun-dried tomatoes in oil and put aside. Combine ¼ cup herbed cream cheese (such as Boursin) and ¼ cup cream cheese--both at room temperature--and mix in a small bowl until well combined. Tip: use vegan cheeses for a plant-based, dairy-free version. Dollop about ½ teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture on top of each fig bar piece and add a small piece of sun-dried tomato. Finish with a fresh oregano leaf and enjoy!

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I Heart You Berry Much Brownie Bars

Our hearts are full (and our stomachs too) thanks to this berry good take on our Double Chocolate Brownies. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut shapes out of the brownies. Create sandwich ends by slicing the hearts in half horizontally. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together 8-ounces cream cheese (tip: use non-dairy cream cheese for a vegan-friendly version!), 3 tablespoons of your favorite berry jam, and a pinch of kosher salt. Spread the filling on one half of the brownie heart and sandwich together using the top half. Top with a dollop of the creamy berry jam filling and garnish with your choice of fruit (we used berries and pomegranates for ours). Share with a loved one and enjoy.

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Fig Bar Crouton Crunchies

Our Fig Bars get a savory makeover in this simple hack that will up your salad game! Start by pre-heating the oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of olive oil, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and ¼ teaspoon dried thyme. Using five packages (two Fig Bars in each package=ten Fig Bars total) of your favorite Fig Bar flavor, cut each piece of Fig Bar into 6 cubes and add to the oil mixture. Combine, making sure that the Fig Bar pieces are evenly coated with the oil mixture. Spread on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until croutons are golden brown. Allow to cool, then enjoy as a topping on your salad, soup, or as a quick snack to munch on!

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Berry Chilly FroYo Pies

Who woulda thought? Our Oatmeal Crumble Bars make the perfect pie to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Start by making the crust: Add Oatmeal Crumble Bars along with a touch of coconut oil into a food processor. Blend then press the ground bars into a silicone cupcake mold. Time for the frozen filling: Puree fresh raspberries and plain Greek yogurt. The finale (sauce): Add cornstarch and a pinch of sugar to a saucepan. Stir well over medium heat then add in pureed raspberries. Cool, and join filling then sauce onto the crust. Freeze for two hours then, boom! Store ‘em in freezer bags, and you got yourself the perfect, satisfyingly sweet treat the whole family will love.