From after school to quick weekend bites, here are some of our favorite nutritious, delicious family-friendly recipes using Nature’s Bakery bars.
Vegan Pumpkin Cookies with Fig Bar Crumble
Attention pumpkin (and dessert!) enthusiasts: One of our favorite bakers @DashBakesTheGreats made the perfect vegan cookie recipe featuring our Pumpkin Spice Fig Bars! They’re so fun to bake and even more fun to eat. Enjoy!
Pumpkin Cookie Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup white sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree, 1/2 Cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees, makes 20 cookies. 1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. 2. Add the pumpkin puree, oil and vanilla extract. 3. Mix with a hand or stand mixer on medium to low speed for 2-3 minutes or until the batter is blended and all ingredients are well incorporated. 4. Scoop batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet - spaced 3 inches apart in large scoops (about 3 tablespoon's worth per scoop). 5. Bake for 14-15 minutes or until the tops spring back lightly. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the tray for 10 minutes before removing. While the cookies are frosting, make your Nature's Bakery crumble and frosting.
Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 1/2 cup softened vegan cream cheese, 1/2 cup softened vegan butter, 1 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1-2 tablespoons almond milk (or your favorite nut-free alternative).
Instructions: Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix with a stand or hand mixer on medium to high speed for approximately 5 minutes or until frosting is creamy and well blended. If it's too soft, add a bit more powdered sugar. If it's too stiff add more almond milk.
Cookie Assembly: When the cookies are cooled, spread the frosting over the cookies and sprinkle the Pumpkin Spice Crumble on top. Happy snacking!
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. @food.kids.love
Fig Bar & Brownie S'mores
Yep, you heard that right! Whether you're at home or around a camp fire, our soft-baked remix takes this classic treat to a whole(some) new level. No campfire? No problem! Here's our favorite way to make indoor s’mores: Slice our Fig Bars and Double Chocolate Brownies so you have top and bottom halves. Place the top halves face down on a baking sheet with vegan marshmallows on each piece. Broil for 1-2 minutes (monitor so they don't burn!). Once the marshmallows are golden, remove the baking sheet and add a piece of chocolate to your other soft baked halves, put them together—and enjoy!! Quick Tip: Cut them in half to make 'em bite-sized or perfectly portioned for kiddos.
Peach Apricot Fig Bar Granola
This easy, breezy DIY granola is perfectly peachy from AM to PM. Make it, store it, enjoy it! Here’s what you’ll need: 1 cup of rolled oat, 1 cup of brown rice crisps, 1/4 cup of hemp hearts, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon, 1/4 cup of chopped dried apricot, 1 Peach Apricot Fig Bar cut up into small pieces and 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Here’s how you make it!: Combine all ingredients below except for the dried apricot and Fig Bar then mix well. Pour onto a sheet pan with parchment paper. Bake in the oven at 350F for 15 minutes. Remove the pan and add the dried apricots. Toss well. Bake for another 15 minutes. At the end, add the cut up Fig Bars and store in a glass tight jar to keep it fresh. Enjoy alone, with fruit or over non-dairy yogurt for a delicious summertime snack! Recipe by @food.kids.love
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: 1 1/2 cups of chocolate oat milk, 1 banana, 2 tbsp hemp hearts, 1 Double Chocolate Brownie. Optional: Skip the peanuts for a nut free version! Directions: In a high powered blender, blend the banana, hemp hearts and chocolate oat milk until smooth. Pour into popsicle mold of choice. Place in freezer. In the meantime, finely chop the Brownie bar and combine. Freeze ice pop mixture for 2 hours and then pull out to add the brownie crumbs on top. Stick a popsicle stick in the middle and freeze overnight or until fully frozen. Enjoy! Recipe by @food.kids.love
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 need: 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. Here’s how you make ‘em: Combine sunflower oil and chocolate chips, melt chocolate (microwave or stove top!). Stir yogurt and maple syrup in another bowl, then insert lollipop sticks into the Brownies. Dip into melted chocolate until fully coated and place on a parchment lined tray. Add sprinkles on top and repeat with yogurt & Fig Bars. Freeze for at least 5 hours, remove & enjoy! Recipe by @food.kids.love
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: Your favorite Baked-Ins Bars, 4 Frozen Ripe Bananas, 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract and 1 tbsp Unsweetened Oat Milk. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Spread mixture onto a sheet pan and freeze for a few hours. Once ready, cut into rectangle slices to fit a Baked-Ins bar. Place on top of one bar and sandwich together with another bar. Enjoy! Recipe by @food.kids.love
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!
Berry-tastic Oatmeal Crumble Nice Cream
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!
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)!