Don’t reach for a store-bought snack the next time you need an afternoon pick-me-up. Instead, add a few healthy ingredients to your slow cooker, and sit back and relax while it cooks you nutritious granola bars, cookies, and trail mix. Healthy snacking is made easy thanks to these five slow cooker recipes!
1. Crock Pot Personalized Baked Oatmeal Bars
Sugar-Free Mom’s “Crock Pot Baked Oatmeal Bars are the best idea for a busy family. Personalize with different toppings and in the morning wrap them, grab them, and go!” This satisfying snack is as easy as it gets. Once you mix the ingredients together, line your crockpot with parchment paper, spread your batter on top, and sprinkle with your favorite toppings. Cook the bars overnight or while you’re at work, and you’ll have a delicious treat that’s perfect for kids and adults alike. If you prefer denser granola bars, use one egg instead of two and remove ½ cup of milk. At 168 calories per servings, this snack is just what you need to stave off mid-morning hunger!
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2. Slow Cooker Honey Nut Granola
Granola is an unbelievably versatile snack that tastes great by itself, in yogurt, or paired with dried fruit and nuts. When you’re preparing this gluten-free recipe, NeighborFood recommends “pulverizing half of the nuts into tiny bits, which gives the oats extra crunch and flavor. I give the rest of the almonds a short chop in a food processor so some are whole and others are in small to medium chunks.” To ensure your oats get evenly golden and perfectly crisp, place the slow cooker’s lid on slightly crooked so the steam can escape. Healthy and sweet find the perfect balance in this recipe, which was adapted from Dine & Dish.
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3. Crockpot Trail Mix
When hunger strikes, fuel up with Stacy Makes Cents’ Crockpot Trail Mix. “They. Are. Stinking. Awesome!!! They are candy without the junk – no food colorings or GMOs or corn syrup.” Nuts, coconut chips, and raisins make this a healthy snack choice, while chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla ensure your trail mix is filled with sweet flavors. Once you decide which nuts you’d like to use — almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, and peanuts will all work well — place them in the slow cooker with the remaining ingredients, excluding the chocolate and raisins, for one hour. Then patiently wait for your trail mix to cool, add your chocolate pieces and raisins, and enjoy!
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4. Slow Cooker Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Lauren Kelly Nutrition’s Slow Cooker Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies have all of the qualities you need in a healthy snack. “The consistency was perfect and all the ingredients are healthy. What’s not to love?” Coconut oil, oats, and ground flax provide a nutritious base for the cookies, while chocolate chips give them a satisfying burst of sweetness. Before placing your combined ingredients in the slow cooker, make sure you lay a piece of parchment down to prevent it from sticking. After 2½ to 3 hours, remove the parchment paper, allow the cookie dough to cool, and then cut into bars. This recipe, which is is gluten- and sugar-free, was adapted from Food.com.
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5. Slow Cooker Cinnamon and Honey Nuts
Appease your diet and tastebuds by preparing Skinny Ms.’s Slow Cooker Cinnamon and Honey Nuts. “These fragrant nuts are easy to make and quite healthy, so you can indulge in a sweet treat every now and then. Nuts are one of the healthiest foods available. They are packed with healthy fats and provide a satisfying crunch that makes a great alternative to potato chips or party snacks.” Not only does this recipe produce a great-tasting snack, but it’s also extraordinarily easy to make. Combine the nuts and cinnamon, toss them with honey, place in the slow cooker, and let your crockpot take it from there.
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