After School Energy Cookies

Gluten Free Vegan After School Energy Cookies Recipe on

Even though I haven’t been a student for some time, as soon as August rolls around, I’m right there with all the moms and kids thinking about back-to-school. I love the energy, the excitement, the fresh notebooks and pencils.

(I’m weird that way). I know my friends with children face the daily challenge of creating healthy, appetizing and allergy-friendly packable lunches. But what about after school snacks? Don’t healthy snacks deserve just as much attention? When the kids get home after a long day in class, they’ll benefit from a nutritious snack to help keep them alert and engaged while hunkering down over their books and laptops, too.

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Energy Cookies on

Instead of reaching for the usual array of standard snacks (whether fresh or packaged), wouldn’t it be great if your kids could choose different, tasty treats made from healthy, whole foods? And just because it’s “healthy” doesn’t mean it has to be a lot of work, either. These After School Energy Cookies may appear to have a long list of ingredients, but the preparation couldn’t be simpler. Everything gets tossed in the food processor, then mixed together, scooped and baked. Voila! Once they’ve cooled, the cookies store beautifully in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days—just enough for after school snacks for the entire week.

I’m happy to say that this healthy snack recipe also allows for infinite variation: feel free to substitute your favorite dried fruits for those listed below, and swap out the sunflower butter for almond butter or even tahini (though note that the cookies likely can’t be sent along in the lunchbox if you use the almond butter variation).
After they emerge from the oven, these little gluten free bites are lightly crisp on the outside, with a chewy interior punctuated by the occasional crunch of Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice cereal bits. The addition of chickpea flour helps to boost the nutritional content even more, helping to stave off those late afternoon energy crashes that can interfere with homework (or, for us adults, office work). And since they’re sweetened only with dates and a wee bit of coconut sugar, they won’t cause a spike in blood sugar, either.

In fact, with these cookies waiting for them at home, your kids might actually look forward to September for a change!

Gluten-Free, Sugar Free After School Energy cookies for Attune Foods


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  1. Hi Ricki,

    I am the SAME way about back to school. I love living it through my kiddos. With the new year come this sense of a new start. I love it.

    I am always interested in new after school snack ideas. Heading over for the recipe now…