Back to School - SNACKS

Fueling our kids with powerful foods can help improve their learning behavior, aptitude, and attendance. There are plenty of studies out there correlating a kids nutrition with their brain function - which we all know plays apart not only in how they learn and retain information, but more importantly it's major role in a kids mental wellbeing.

I don't know about you, but life can be busy and feel like I'm constantly on-the-go. These nutrient-packed power bites are great for practice days, working out, or when you just need a little extra boost. They are made with doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil which is known to help keep the body full of energy.

1 cup finely shredded coconut, divided
1 cup almond butter
1 cup dried cranberries
½ cup raw honey
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chia seeds
3 drops Wild Orange oil
  1. Place all ingredients into mixer, reserving just a half cup of the shredded coconut in a bowl to the side.
  2. Add essential oil.
  3. Mix until well combined.
  4. Roll into balls and coat in the other half cup of shredded coconut.
  5. Store in the refrigerator.

Who doesn't love a flavored popcorn with immune-boosting benefits? This is a great alternative to caramel corn and/or perfect as we head into fall/winter. This delicious popcorn is made with the doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend and Cinnamon Bark essential oils. 

1 cup popcorn kernels
¼ cup unrefined coconut oil
¼ cup pure maple syrup
5–6 drops of doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend
2–3 drops of Cinnamon Bark oil
Ground cinnamon to taste
  1. Air-pop popcorn and place in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Melt coconut oil. Stir in maple syrup and essential oils.
  3. Pour mixture over popcorn, pausing to toss and mix.
  4. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and salt. Mix thoroughly and enjoy.

Tip: If melting coconut oil on the stove top, be sure to remove from heat before adding essential oils. 

I love a good granola bar! Even though things are getting better and you can find some decent store bought granola, nothing is better than homemade granola. Use this recipe as a guide, but I encourage you to play around and add the things that your family likes. This granola is made with doTERRA Tangerine essential oil, which is the oil of cheer and creativity - so there's that! 

2 ½ cups quick oats
½ cup Rice Crispies
½ cup of mini semisweet chocolate chips
¼ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ cup coconut
⅛ cup flax seed
⅛ cup sesame seed
⅛ cup chia seed
⅓ cup coconut oil
¼ cup honey
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 drops Tangerine oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together. Set aside.
  3. Mix all wet ingredients together. Melt in a sauce pan over medium heat.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix uniformly.
  5. Allow wet ingredients to absorb into dry ingredients.
    Tip: If mixture is too dry, add more coconut oil or honey; if too wet, add more oatmeal.
    Line cake pan with parchment paper. Pour in mixture and pat down.
  6. Bake for 12–15 minutes or until lightly brown.

An alternative to the Wild Orange Power Bites, these delicious-n-easy to make energy bites are the perfect snack for fueling the body when you know a lot of energy will be expelled - PE, going for hike, a big game, or even a big test. 

1 cup raw cashews
½ cup strawberries, chopped
¼ cup coconut butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla
1–2 drops Cinnamon Bark oil
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of sea salt
1 package chia seeds or coconut flakes (optional)

  1. Wash and chop strawberries. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, pulse raw cashews until they form a crumbled texture. 
  3. Add in chopped strawberries and coconut butter. Pulse mixture. 
  4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until they form into a batter. Place batter in fridge for 30 minutes or until firm. 
  5. Remove the batter from the fridge and roll batter into medium balls. Roll balls in chia seeds or coconut flakes, coating the outside. 
  6. Store energy bites in the fridge to keep fresh. Consume within two weeks. 

Have you tried these yet? I'll be honest, I was a little skeptical when I first heard of them, but black bean brownies are a delicious and nutritious twist to a traditional chocolate brownie. You might be nervous about baking with black beans, but don't be! They have a very mild flavor and packed full of protein, which is excellent for our fueling your kids (and you!). 
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 large eggs
¼ cup cocoa powder
⅔ cup honey
⅓ cup coconut oil
½ teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
2–4 drops Peppermint oil
¾ cup chocolate chips, divided
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Place all ingredients, except for chocolate chips, in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour batter into large bowl and stir in ½ cup chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into greased 8x8-inch pan and top with ¼ cup chocolate chips.
  5. Bake 30–35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Tip: If Peppermint isn't "your thing" you can also boost the flavor of your brownie with other essential oils, like Wild Orange, Cinnamon, or even Lavender. 

You don't have to be a kid or going to school to enjoy a good snack, so hopefully you'll fuel your body and enjoy these too! 


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