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Friday Five – Snacks From Scratch

Join us each Friday when we share 5 of our favorite tips, hacks, ideas, or must-haves! Check out our homemade snacks from scratch in this week’s edition!

Instead of heading to the grocery store when snacks run low, use this opportunity of being at home to make your own snacks from scratch. Round up the kids, grab what you have from the pantry and make them your own. All of these snacks can be modified to fit your family’s taste buds. Here are five solid snacks from scratch that have helped get us through this quarantine and curb our sweet tooth.

Monster No-Bake Energy Balls…

These will not disappoint. Even the pickiest critics will be asking for more. The best part, they’re easy to grab-n-go. These can be easily customized to fit your family’s favorite flavors or even just what you have in your pantry. Try one of our favorite varieties like peanut butter chocolate chip, blueberry muffin and the kid’s favorite, monster cookie! Find the recipe at Bless This Mess.

Frozen Chocolate Dipped Banana Bites…

To give yourself five when you’re little monkeys are driving you bananas. These frozen bites are the perfect mid-morning snack! Bonus, if you have any left-over chocolate you can always find things to dip in it; raspberries, strawberries, pretzel crisps, potato chips (yes, this might have happened to us)! Be sure to check out these goodies at Hip2Save.

Strawberry Dole Whip…

A new twist on a classic Disney dole whip, and it’s healthier too! You’ll want to eat this frozen treat fast, but don’t go too fast…brain freeze! Bring out a blender, grab a spoon and head on over to Dashing Dish for the easy recipe.

Apple Slice Cookies…

A little slice of apple heaven. I mean, seriously…can apples be any better. You can dress up each slice with your favorite topping or mix and match some toppings…or if you’re like us, thrown ’em all on there! So, to find more apple slice inspiration visit One Smith Day.

Homemade Granola…

You’ll never go back to store bought again. You can add it to yogurt, eat it as a cereal, top off your favorite ice cream or eat it straight off the pan. Here is our favorite recipe from one of our besties.

Heather’s Famous Granola

Here's a tasty granola recipe to start your day off right. Mix up the flavor profile by adding additional toppings like dried fruit or chocolate chips after it has cooled.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: Breakfast, Granola, Snacks
Servings: 20
Calories: 269kcal


  • 3 cups dried oatmeal
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup raw coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower kernels
  • 1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together.
  • Add maple syrup and olive oil.
  • Mix well.
  • Bake at 325 for approximately 25 minutes. Mixing halfway through.
  • Let cool for 1 hour.
  • Store in sealed container.

Be sure to check out more of our favorites on our Friday Five bi-weekly posts.

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