Fall-Flavored Snacks to Eat On the Go

It finally feels like fall in State College. With football weekends, leaves on the ground and the air feeling crisp, what better way to add to the seasonal festivities than making some fall flavored healthy snacks!

Fall Granola Bars

A perfect mixture of salty and sweet, these homemade granola bars are a great snack to make ahead and throw in your bag to munch on during the day!

Photo from theseasonedmom.com
What You’ll Need
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats (don’t use instant or quick-cooking oats!)
  • 1 cup whole almonds, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup packed pitted Medjool dates
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup creamy almond butter or peanut butter
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
What You’ll Do
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread oats, pumpkin seeds and almonds on a baking sheet. Toast until slightly golden for around 12 minutes and transfer to bowl.
  2. Chop dates in food processor, add to oat mixture.
  3. Warm maple syrup and almond butter in saucepan over low heat. Add to bowl along with dried berries and mix well.
  4. Line 8X8 inch pan with parchment paper hanging over the side. Pack oat mixture into pan, freeze for 20 minutes.
  5. Cut into bars and enjoy!
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are incredibly easy to make and give you something to look forward to in the morning: an already made (and delicious) breakfast!

Photo from jaroflemons.com
What You’ll Need
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 apple
What You’ll Do
  1. Throw everything, except for the apple, into a mason jar the night before
  2. Mix together and put in the fridge over night
  3. Chop up apple in the morning and add it to the jar to eat!
Pumpkin Energy Balls

Pumpkin is without a doubt the most “fall inspired” flavor. These energy balls are just as easy to make as they are to pop in your mouth and enjoy!

Photo from babble.com
What You’ll Need
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
  • 3 tablespoons honey
What You’ll Do
  1. Stir together ingredients together in a medium bowl to combine. Cover and place in fridge for 2 hours.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Role mixture into around 12 to 14 balls and place on paper.
  3. Chill again for 2 more hours to help solidify. Yum!
Maple Pumpkin Trail Mix

Trail mix is an essential snack for on-the-go students, and this recipe contains healthy ingredients that will surely put you in an autumn mood.

Photo from slimpickinskitchen.com
What You’ll Need
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cup pecan halves
  • 1/3 cup pepitas or roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon chips
What You’ll Do
  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Put maple syrup in large saucepan and heat over medium-high heat until just beginning to boil.
  3. Stir in pumpkin pie spice, salt and nuts, stirring until nuts have caramelized and syrup has reduced. Around 3-5 minutes.
  4. Spread mixture in an even layer on sheet and let cool completely. 
  5. Once hardened, add cherries, apricots, raisins and cinnamon chips to sheet. Stir until evenly distributed, breaking candied nuts into clusters.
  6. Take to go and enjoy!
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