Healthy Whole Grain Snacks

Find healthy, delicious whole grain snacks from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Chocolate Refrigerator Cookies

Refrigerator cookies are a busy baker's dream: an easy dough you can keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, slicing off and making cookies as you “need” them.

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Rating: 4.2 stars
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These healthy peanut butter and chocolate energy balls deliver a mixture of simple and complex carbohydrates to help fuel you up whenever you need a little boost. They're no-bake and easy to make with ingredients you probably have on hand, like oats and nut butter. Feel free to experiment with different mix-ins--for example, dried fruit or chopped nuts--in place of the chocolate chips and coconut.

Peanut Butter Blueberry Energy Balls

These healthy energy balls made with peanut butter, chocolate and dehydrated blueberries deliver a mixture of simple and complex carbohydrates to help fuel you up whenever you need a little boost.
By Lisa Valente, M.S., RD

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Rating: 5 stars
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These no-cook energy bites keep well in the fridge or freezer and are easy to grab on the go for a healthy snack.

Bev's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rating: 4.65 stars
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EatingWell reader Beverley Sharpe of Santa Barbara, California, contributed this healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe. She gave chocolate chip cookies a healthy update by cutting back on sugar and incorporating whole grains. To increase protein, Sharpe replaces the rolled oats with 1 cup almond meal.

Peanut Butter-Oat Energy Balls

Rating: 4.67 stars
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Sweet, sticky dates act as the glue for these no-bake energy balls. Perfect for hikes or during sports, this healthy snack travels well. For the best flavor and texture, use Medjool dates--the largest and most luscious date variety. Look for them in the produce department or near other dried fruits.

Salted Coconut-Caramel Energy Balls

A blend of dates, sunflower seed butter, salt and vanilla make these bites surprisingly reminiscent of salted caramel--both in taste and texture. Unlike our ultra-easy mix-and-match basic energy ball recipe, you'll need a blender to make a paste for the base of these balls, but the extra effort is oh-so-worth it for the sweet and satisfying result.

Almond-Honey Power Bar

Rating: 4.76 stars
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Great for breakfast on the go! Golden roasted nuts, seeds and oats are enveloped by flavorful almond butter in these delectably chewy, no-fuss energy bars. Unrefined turbinado sugar adds a deep caramelly undertone. Feel free to use light brown sugar instead. Bars stored at room temperature will be softer than those that are refrigerated.

Flourless Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Rating: 5 stars
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Pulsing rolled oats with eggs, banana, brown sugar and oil creates the moist dough of these chocolaty muffins without a bit of all-purpose flour. These are two-bite muffins with a dense and gooey texture. They're delicately sweet and rich, too, so baking them as mini muffins makes them a perfect snack or quick morning bite.

Baked Blueberry & Banana-Nut Oatmeal Cups

Muffins meet oatmeal in these moist and tasty grab-and-go oatmeal cups. The nutty flavor of the pecans and the sweetness from fresh blueberries and banana make for an extra tasty snack or breakfast.
By Carolyn Casner

Zucchini Mini Muffins

Rating: 5 stars
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Shredded zucchini provides moisture and texture to these two-bite muffins, while chocolate chips add just the right amount of sweetness. A perfect quick breakfast or after-school snack, these muffins freeze well, so make a batch ahead of time for busy days.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Dates provide all the sweetness you need for these no-bake energy bars. Each square serves up a hearty dose of protein--thanks to peanut butter and peanuts--as well as fiber from rolled oats. Kids will love the chewy bites with crunchy nuts.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Whole-Grain Snacks for 200 Calories or Less

Pack these healthy snacks to get more whole grains in your diet and help you lose weight. Our low-calorie snacks will satisfy your carb cravings and keep your diet on track. Try our Lemon-Parm Popcorn for a guilt-free afternoon snack or an EatingWell Energy Bar to help keep your hunger in check.Download a FREE 100-Calorie Snack Recipe Cookbook!Watch Video

Maple Granola

Rating: Unrated
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This quick and healthy granola recipe can be enjoyed like cereal with milk or sprinkled over yogurt to make an easy parfait. Serve with a banana for a balanced breakfast.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Full of oats, chocolate chips and chia seeds, these oatmeal bars are perfect for an on-the-go snack.