15 On-the-Go Snacks for a Quick Energy Boost Any Time of Day

Citrus-Topped Double Blueberry Muffins
Photo: Andy Lyons

If you're anything like us, you sometimes need to grab a snack between meals to give your day a boost. All of these recipes are perfect healthy snacks on the go. Whether you're in a rush and your stomach is growling or you just want to plan out your midafternoon snack break in advance, these easy take-along snacks will help hold you over until your next meal.

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Blueberry Cereal Bars

Blueberry Cereal Bars
Jacob Fox

Making your own cereal bars may seem intimidating, but you need only a few ingredients and 15 minutes of prep to whip up a batch of better-than-store-bought bars. Trust us; this is an on-the-go snack worth having on hand when your stomach starts rumbling.

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No-Bake Energy Bites

No-Bake Energy Bites on white background
Blaine Moats

Need a quick boost of energy? Pop one of these bite-size snacks loaded with healthy ingredients such as rolled oats, flaxseed, sunflower or almond butter, chia seeds, and shredded coconut. It's an excellent snack to have at home (they last up to a week in the fridge!) that will keep you fuller for longer.

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Paleo Rosemary Roasted Nuts

Paleo Rosemary Roasted Nuts
Karla Conrad

Chock-full of healthy fats, fiber, protein, and even anti-inflammatory properties, nuts such as pecans and walnuts are a perfect on-the-go snack. This Paleo-friendly snack recipe seasons the toasty nut mix with rosemary, olive oil, honey, salt, and a bit of cayenne for heat.

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Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

Fudgy Black Bean Brownies cut into circles on white plates
Brie Passano

Not every on-the-go snack has to be totally healthy, but the blend of black beans and applesauce in these chocolaty brownies helps satisfy your sweet tooth cravings without a dreaded sugar crash. If you're worried about baking treats with canned beans, we promise it just adds moisture and beneficial fiber rather than taste. Make sure the can is marked "no sodium added."

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Peppered Kale Chips

Peppered Kale Chips
Andy Lyons

Snacking on crispy, crunchy kale chips is an excellent way to keep your hunger at bay and is also great for sneaking a serving of veggies into your afternoon. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, this is one low-carb snack you can feel good about grabbing when you're on the go.

Buy It: Wilton Baking Sheet Set ($13, Walmart)

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Root Veggie Chips with Sea Salt

Root Veggie Chips with Sea Salt
Karla Conrad

You could reach for a bag of potato chips when your stomach starts growling, but they won't be as healthy as a handful of these root veggie chips. The make-and-take snack has the same salty crunch but with just two ingredients. You won't feel guilty later about snacking on these chips now.

Buy It: Cuisinart Food Dehydrator ($80, Williams Sonoma)

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Rosemary-Roasted Chickpeas

pan of rosemary roasted chickpeas
Andy Lyons 

Here's an easy take-along snack anyone can make. In less than an hour, you can have a batch of chickpeas roasted in a spicy blend of cayenne pepper and hot sauce with a sprinkle of herbal flair. Fill a bag with these sweet and spicy chickpeas before you leave so they're ready to satisfy your cravings later.

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Curried Popcorn Toss

Curried Popcorn Toss mixture with nuts and apricots on white background
Blaine Moats

Fiber helps you stay fuller longer and is important for maintaining a healthier gut. Thankfully one of our favorite on-the-go snacks (popcorn!) is full of it. In this delicious take on the movie-time favorite, we toss air-popped popcorn, golden raisins, dried apricots, and almonds in a delightful, slightly spicy blend of curry powder and cayenne.

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Citrus-Topped Double Blueberry Muffins

Citrus-Topped Double Blueberry Muffins
Andy Lyons

Not all grab-and-go snack ideas have to be salty and crunchy. These soft muffins are filled with juicy blueberries and topped with lemon and orange peel, so you'll taste plenty of fruity flavor in every bite.

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Sweet and Spicy Apple Crisps

Sweet and Spicy Apple Crisps
Jacob Fox

If plain old apple slices are starting to bore you, spice them up by making baked apple crisps for a grab-and-go snack. Each crisp is sprinkled with a mix of sugar and ground chipotle chili pepper, so every bite has a burst of sweet and spicy flavor.

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Granola Bar

Chewy Tropical Granola Bars
Jacob Fox

As it turns out, chocolate and peanut butter aren't just for dessert. Much better than store-bought granola bars, these homemade on-the-go snacks are filled with sweet and salty ingredients, so you never have to choose between the two again.

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Crunchy Ranch Party Mix

Crunchy Ranch Party Mix
Karla Conrad

If you like a little variety in your snacks, this on-the-go snack mix is for you. Before leaving in the morning, grab a bag filled with ranch-spiced corn cereal, chow mein noodles, pretzels, and nuts—so each taste of your afternoon snack is just a little different.

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Pita Chips

Pita Chips
Andy Lyons

Get your crunchy snack fix with these homemade pita chips. Brush pita rounds with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and oregano before baking to give these homemade chips their fresh herb flavor.

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Roasted Banana Bread

Roasted Banana Bread
Blaine Moats

Whether you need a morning or afternoon snack, your day will definitely improve if you bring along a wrapped-up slice of banana bread. The best part? This on-the-go snack recipe lets you customize the flavor, so you can sink your teeth into a slice of blueberry-coconut, mango-ginger, or even PB&J banana bread!

Buy It: Wilton Loaf Pan ($9, Target)

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Chocolate-Date Truffles with Walnuts

Chocolate-Date Truffles with Walnuts
Jason Donnelly

This recipe may taste indulgent, but using dates as a sweetener instead of sugar makes these a good snack to keep at home. After two of these walnut-covered snacks in the afternoon, your sweet tooth will be satisfied.

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