When you think about your favorite nutrition and snack bars you probably think go-to bites come afternoon. (A little bit boring, right?) But before you banish your favorite granola bars to your desk drawer, know this: These tasty, nutritious snacks can be used in a whole new—and way more exciting—way after you leave the office.
In fact, you can serve them up to make your favorite eats (yep, we mean dessert!) healthier and tastier. The good news? The recipes are super simple. Here, we collected five ideas for transforming your afternoon slump snack into your new favorite post-meal pleasures. Check out the easy ways to make each, and what you'll need, below.
Larabar Coconut Cream Pie Bar Kebobs with Mixed Berries and Mint
3 Coconut Cream Pie LÄRABAR bars, diced
5 strawberries, diced to size of smaller berries
15 mint leaves, plus extra for optional garnish
15 toothpicks or small skewers
Skewer bite-sized ingredients onto toothpicks, arranging as you see fit. Garnish plate with mint leaves, if using, and serve immediately.
South Beach Diet Holiday Apple Crisp
1/4 cup dried, unsweetened cherries
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup butter flavored vegetable oil spread
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup sugar substitute
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
9 medium Granny Smith apples, sliced
juice of 1 medium lemon
1 South Beach Diet Jumpstarts Carb Control Toffee Nut Snack Bar
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9" by 13" baking dish with cooking spray. Place cherries and 1/2 cup water in a bowl and soak cherries until ready to use.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine oats, vegetable oil spread, 1/4 cup of the flour, 1/4 cup of the sugar substitute, and 1 tablespoon of the cinnamon; stir until mixture is crumbly.
In a large bowl, toss apples and lemon juice. Add remaining flour, sugar substitute, and cinnamon; stir to combine.
Place apples in baking dish. Pour cherries and soaking water over apple mixture; toss gently to combine. Sprinkle oat topping evenly over fruit. Bake until apples are tender, about 40 minutes. Crumble a South Beach Diet Jumpstarts Carb Control Toffee Nut Snack Bar over the top. Serve warm.
Reprinted with permission from The South Beach Diet Parties & Holidays Cookbook.
Corazonas Heart-Healthy “Ice Cream” Sandwich
4 Corazonas Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Squares
1 medium banana, peeled, sliced into coins, and frozen solid
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips (optional)
Blend the frozen banana coins in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add the peanut butter and honey and mix thoroughly. Transfer to a large bowl.
Create two sandwiches using the Corazonas squares as the cookies and the blended banana as the filling, topping with dark chocolate chips as desired.
KIND Peanut Butter & Jelly Greek Yogurt “Cheesecake” Bites
5 KIND Healthy Grains Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Bars
1 cup KIND Healthy Grains Raspberry Clusters with Chia Seeds
½ cup 2% Greek yogurt
½ cup fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup fresh raspberries
In a medium bowl, mix together the two half cups of Greek yogurt. Add in KIND Raspberry Clusters and mix until fully incorporated into yogurt. Let mixture sit overnight to soften. Cut each of the KIND Healthy Grains bars into four even squares. Place about 2 teaspoons of the mixture on top of each square, and top each with a fresh raspberry. Serve immediately.