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Snacks for the Barn: These Aren’t Your Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookie Recipes

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Having a snack on hand is easy. Having a snack on hand that’s healthy, packed with protein, and can sit in a barn all day isn’t. Sure, granola bars, protein bars, and trail mix are great but get old after awhile. Armed with a food processor and a few ingredients, it’s easy to make healthy snacks that are high in protein. Not only are they healthy, but they’re designed to be kid-friendly, so they’ll satisfy your sweet tooth.

For fall-flavor lovers, there are a few great options to try out. Pumpkin lovers will want to always have some No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Energy Bites in their bag. This recipe is gluten-free and heart-healthy – meaning it’s packed with protein and healthy fats. Or try an Apple Cinnamon Cookie Energy Bite recipe to fully take advantage of fall harvest time. They’re horse-friendly, too.

Have a chocolate craving? Try this Dark Chocolate Coconut Protein Ball recipe that’s both gluten free and paleo friendly. The coconut is optional and almond butter can easily be swapped out for peanut butter. Plus, there’s even a low-calorie version for those looking for snacks under 100 calories.

To get your antioxidant fix, add cranberries or blueberries to an oatmeal or protein ball recipe. This Blueberry Coconut Granola Bite recipe calls for refrigeration time only to help set the bites – a great option for those looking to make a snack and leave at your desk, or in your trunk or locker.

The best thing about these recipes, besides being easy to make, is that they can be easily modified to fit diet or allergy restrictions. So sweet or salty, fruit or chocolate, they’re the perfect guilt-free snack for long work days.

Nicole is a writer for Heels Down Media. If she's not writing or editing, she's either running, doing yoga, or at the barn working on becoming a better, stronger dressage rider.

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