Working from home has is own set of advantages and challenges—but one major bonus is that healthy plant-based snacks aren’t limited to what the cafe sells or what you’ve managed to pack into your lunchbox. Now you can enjoy work-from-home snacks including nice cream, homemade hummus, fries, oatmeal, waffles, baked tortilla chips, and more. Heck, you could even make a chocolate dipping sauce for bananas or other fresh fruit!
Every household needs a go-to oatmeal cookie recipe, and this one is worthy of that title. Family-friendly and simple to make, these nourishing cookies will satisfy any daytime munch emergency. Added bonus: They take just 15 minutes to make, so you can throw them in the oven and enjoy the aromas permeating the house while you work.
For a quick, hearty meal that also has that fresh feeling, blend cannellini beans with fresh basil, scallions, garlic, and lemon juice; then spread the luscious mixture on a slice of whole grain bread and top with cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and beans. Added bonus: It’s ready in just 20 minutes!
These supremely munchable Cinnamon Apple Quesadillas satisfy any apple pie craving and are much simpler to make. Slather corn tortillas with hummus and top with a spoonful of stewed cinnamon-infused apple. Pop another tortilla on top, then give them a few minutes in the pan to crisp, and they’re ready to go.
Revolutionize your hummus repertoire with this 10-minute chocolate hummus dip. Chickpeas provide the usual creamy base, but instead of savory flavorings such as tahini and garlic, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and peanut butter are added to give a sweet chocolate flavor. Notes a reviewer: “I was blown away by how good this is. I like hummus but this takes the cake. I will keep a small jar in the fridge for when I feel like something sweet and nutritious.”
These seasoned tortilla chips have no artificial ingredients and are oven-baked, not fried. The 15-minutes prep and the hour baking time is a small price to pay for these healthy, seriously addictive tortilla chips.
Taking a break is never as good as taking a break with banana bread! These moist and toothsome mini loaves are naturally sweetened with dates, banana, and applesauce. Added bonus: It only takes 20 minutes to get them in the oven.
Savor the earthy notes of fall with this autumnal salsa packed with seasonal fruit such as apples, pear, pomegranate and orange. For dippers, whip up a tray load of lightly sweetened, cinnamon-cayenne scented tortilla chips. Gluten-free and absolutely delicious, this festive snack is also perfect for movie night or when friends visit.
For a light meal or snack try toasted bread topped with Cannellini Bean Sauce, boiled kale, tomatoes, and balsamic dressing. If you have hummus in the fridge, you can use that instead of making a whole new bean spread.
Keep a supply of these oil-free crackers in the tin for an instant snack to munch on while you work, or over a tea break. With a subtle “cheesy” flavor, they’re like healthy Cheez-It crackers! Enjoy them plain, dipped into hummus, or into another tasty dip, like Chef Darshana’s fabulous Chipotle Black Bean Dip.
Keep frozen bananas on hand and you can make “nice cream” (plant-based ice-cream made with frozen bananas) any time, almost instantly. In this recipe, cacao powder (or carob) is added for a rich chocolate flavor.
These homemade apple chips take a couple of hours to bake, so throw them in the oven and enjoy the apple-cinnamon aroma wafting through the house while you work. Make plenty and store in an airtight container.
This scrumptious oatmeal bar is full of starch to give you lasting energy and unrefined sugars for a healthy sweetness. If you don’t have apple juice, use water instead. This wholesome recipe is robust and can handle substitutions.
This article was originally published on March 18, 2020, and has been updated.
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Lisa Esile, MS
Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.