Walking through the grocery store has become quite daunting for a lot of “zero-wasters”. It is difficult to avoid the packaging when you are purchasing snacks for work, school, or night-time cravings. Here are a couple of my go-to package-free recipes that can be packed in lunches, enjoyed on the couch, or eaten on the go!
Raw Granola Bar
1 cup oats
½ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup almonds
¼ cup dark chocolate
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup natural smooth peanut butter
2 tbsp. maple syrup
- Chop all seeds, nuts, chocolate, berries and dates. Add all ingredients into a medium sized bowl. Combine until well mixed. Optional: use a food processor to blend the ingredients together (bars will keep the shape better if you use a food processor).
- Press the mixture firmly into a pan that allows the bars to be at least half an inch thick. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
- Cut the bars into rectangles, store in the fridge and enjoy!
Chocolate Banana “Ice Cream”
6 frozen bananas
1 tbsp. cacao or cocoa powder
¼ cup dark chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp. peanut butter (optional)
½ cup plant based milk (I used oat milk)
- Add 3 frozen bananas into a blender with ¼ cup of plant milk. Blend until smooth and pour into a container for freezing.
- Drizzle 1 tbsp. of peanut butter and sprinkle half of the chocolate.
- Add 3 frozen bananas, ¼ cup of plant milk, and 1 tbsp. of cacao/cocoa powder into a blender. Blend until smooth and pour over first mixture.
- Mix lightly to blend the colours and flavours.
- Freeze overnight and enjoy the next day.
Tip: If you use cacao powder, add 1 tsp. of maple syrup into that mixture.
Sweet and Salty Popcorn
½ cup popcorn kernels
1 tbsp. coconut oil
¼ tsp. sea salt
¼ maple syrup
¼ brown sugar
- Combine maple syrup and brown sugar in a small bowl.
- Heat a large saucepan on medium heat. Melt coconut oil and add popcorn kernels. Cover and allow to pop, shake occasionally with the lid on.
- Remove popcorn from heat once all the kernels have popped and pour into a large bowl.
- Drizzle sugar and syrup mixture over the popcorn. Mix well, top with sea salt, and enjoy!
What are your favourite zero-waste snacks?