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Mini Carrot and Zucchini Bites

I love these carrot zucchini mini quiches for healthy lunchboxes and snack bites!

When you want to add more veggies into your kids’ lunchboxes but don’t want it to “look” like veggies, these mini carrot and zucchini bites add nutrition and taste delicious!

Sometimes, when I plan meals for the week, I find myself wanting to put to use some of the “leftover veggies, ” but I don’t always have enough for a full meal.

TI often try to explain to my readers that I have this weird ability to look at ingredients and use them in my favorite basic recipes, like a basic quiche recipe, and turn them into something like this mini carrot and zucchini bites.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

For this recipe, I grated some leftover lonely veggies so that they didn’t go to waste. Because sometimes I have one lonely zucchini and then my mini quiche recipe comes to the rescue!

These turned out perfect for my family since they are a naturally gluten and grain free recipe. I like that they are high in protein and add variety to our school and office lunches.

Quiches come together quickly in one bowl, and the oven does the rest. You can eat these at any meal, or pack them in a lunchbox for school or the office. If you don’t mind quiches at room temperature, they pack great inside a lunchbox. Otherwise, heat them up and put them inside your favorite thermos.

Carrot & Zucchini Mini Quiches

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 24 mini quiches

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil* (or any oil)
  • 3/4 cup packed grated green zucchini
  • 3/4 cup packed grated carrots
  • 2 green shallots (onions), green ends trimmed off, white finely chopped (optional)
  • 4 large eggs, whisked
  • 1/3 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and grease a mini cupcake pan.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the zucchini, carrots, and shallots, and cook, stirring, for 5-7 minutes until the veggies begin to soften. Remove from heat and set aside to cool down to room temperature.
  3. In a large bowl, combine veggies, eggs, grated cheese, and salt. Spoon mixture into mini muffin pan.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Allow mini quiches to cool in the pan before carefully removing with a small knife or spatula.

Notes

I used sharp white cheddar to make this recipe nearly lactose free for my youngest. As always, check the labels to make sure the recipe fits your family’s dietary needs.

 

2 These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

 These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

The holiday season is here! Who’s ready for Thanksgiving this week? We hope your getting your turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pies ready for a family feast. We know we are so excited to spend time with family around good food!

One of our holiday staples is pecan pie. Especially down here in Louisiana, where you can get the freshest pecans you’ll ever eat. Nothing beats cutting into a slice of sweet, sticky pecan pie… except maybe pecan pie energy bites that are actually healthy!

These energy bites are made with just a few simple ingredients you may already have on hand – which means you should make them ASAP. ;) They taste just like classic pecan pie, but are Paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, and vegan/vegetarian. They’re a great sweet snack to enjoy in a lunch box or when the 3 p.m. slump comes along. The whole family will love these pecan pie energy bites! Let us know if you try them – you won’t regret it.

These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.

Pecan Pie Energy Bites

These Pecan Pie Energy Bites taste just like dessert, but are a healthy snack! Enjoy these gluten-free bites as a sweet treat any time of the day.
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 16
  • Category: Snack

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raisins or dates
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place raisins in a bowl and cover with hot water. Let them soak for 10 minutes; drain.
  2. In a food processor, place raisins and pecans; pulse until they are finely ground and have formed a paste. Add coconut flakes, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt.
  3. Pulse a few times until combined. Remove food processor base and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Using your hands, form dough into 16 small balls. Refrigerate in an airtight container to store and enjoy.

 

6 Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid’s lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

My kids LOVE bite-sized foods. I mean, who doesn’t? We enjoy everything from bite-size no bake chocolate bites to one of our favorite recipes, spinach and bacon mini quiches. For some reason, it’s so much easier to get my kids to try new foods when they’re in small bites. Everything is better when it’s mini!

Another great thing about bite-sized foods is that they’re super easy to pack in a lunchbox. These Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites are yet another fun-sized food that my kids can’t get enough of! My kids love pizza, so I took all the familiar flavors and used them to introduce another healthy food into my kids’ diet: quinoa! It’s a gluten-free food that’s packed with protein and nutrients. Score!

You can customize these with your family’s favorite pizza toppings – we used olives, spinach and peppers. These are great for meal prepping at the beginning of the week to have lunch ready to go! Of course, don’t forget to pack the pizza sauce for dipping. That’s the best part!

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid’s lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 24 bites
  • Category: Lunch

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of your favorite pizza toppings, chopped (pepperoni, olives, peppers, onions, spinach, ham, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pizza sauce, for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 24-count mini muffin panwith cooking spray (or make 2 batches in a 12-count pan).
  2. In a large bowl, add all ingredients except pizza sauce. Stir until all ingredients are mixed well.
  3. Scoop mixture into each mini muffin cup; fill to the top of each.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing.
  5. Pack pizza sauce in a separate container in a lunch box for dipping.

 

36 Need a sweet afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or to pack for lunch.

Chocolate Brownie No-Bake Energy Bites

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie N0-Bake Energy Bites are perfect for your kids’ after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

It’s like clockwork: around 3 or 4 o’clock every day, my kids start rummaging through the pantry and fridge looking for a snack. And even if I’ve eaten a filling lunch, I usually start to crave a sweet snack in the afternoon, too. I don’t like to eat something heavy to ruin my dinner, though. Enter these Brownie Energy Bites from The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet!

Take a look at how easy these are to make.

My kids absolutely love these. I love that they only take a few minutes to make, and I can make a big batch at the beginning of the week so we have snacks ready! It really is all about planning. If you don’t have something healthier to grab, you’ll be more likely to grab the bag of chips or something at the drive-thru. Of course, we like to treat ourselves every now and then, but on a day to day basis, I like to have healthier options ready for little fingers to grab.

These are super simple to make, requiring just a handful of nutritious ingredients. They’re refined sugar-free and grain-free – if you’re allergic to nuts, you can try replacing the cashews with sunflower seeds. While these are perfect for snack time, you can even pack a couple of these in your kids’ lunch boxes as a sweet treat.

Looking for other easy, healthy recipes kids will love? I developed a comprehensive 30-day program which helps families eliminate processed foods and eat whole, nutrient dense meals together.

As a busy mom of 3, it was important to me that the program be easy to use, and picky eater-approved. After trying other 30 and 21 day programs that didn’t quite work for my whole family, I decided to build my own. My family KickStart program includes everything you’ll need to succeed. 30-days of meal plans, easy, kid-approved recipes, and simple swaps for your family’s favorite meals and snacks.

If you have been searching for a way to eat better and feel better with your whole family this can be the solution you’ve been hoping for. Get started with a free trial of the Family KickStart Program here.

After grabbing your trial, go ahead and print this recipe for a healthy snack your family can enjoy together today. Everyone will love these delicious brownie energy bites, because who doesn’t love chocolate?

Chocolate Brownie No-Bake Energy Bites

Need a sweet afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or to pack for lunch.

This recipe is from my cookbook The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 18 bites
  • Category: Snacks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (145 g) raisins, packed
  • 1 cup (120 g) cashews
  • 1/4 cup (20 g) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Place raisins in a medium bowl and cover with hot water. Let soak for 5 minutes to soften then drain.
  2. Add raisins and all remaining ingredients into a food processor and pulse until mixture turns into the consistency of sand. Remove blade from the unit.
  3. Using your hands, scoop out dough and form into balls on the palms of your hands.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes and enjoy. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for one week.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bute
  • Calories: 64
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 26.2mg
  • Fat: 3.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.6g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Protein: 1.6g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

 

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