Back-to-school recipes

Back-to-school recipes
Posted on 08/25/2021
energy bites, overnight oats, hummus and veggie platterSchool is back in session and your on-the-go family may be looking for easy snacks to keep hunger at bay. Try these favorite ideas from Lenexa Rec Center staff. 

Energy bites


1 cup rolled oats½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup ground flax seed
½ cup crunchy peanut butter 
⅓ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Combine oats, chocolate chips, flax seed, peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Form into balls using your hands. Arrange energy bites on a baking sheet and freeze until set, about one hour.

Overnight protein oats

Mix and match any flavors you choose. We prefer using a vanilla protein powder since the flavor can be changed with few additional calories and generally is sweetened enough as is. 


1 ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 scoop protein powder (varies by brand, 29–40 grams)
2 tablespoons chocolate chips (such as is Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips; no added sugar, sweetened with Stevia)
1 tablespoon peanut butter 
Fresh fruit 


Mix all ingredients together in a small jar or split between two jars to keep the two servings separate. Stir well to mix ingredients and dissolve chunks.

Place jar(s) in refrigerator overnight or for at least 2 hours (overnight is preferred).

Remove from refrigerator and stir well. Top with extra fruit, such as blueberries or raspberries.

Either eat directly from the jar(s) or place in a bowl. Eat within 24 hours of mixing for best results.


1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed)
Juice of 1 lemon
4 medium-sized cloves of garlic, chopped
4 tablespoons tahini
½ cup or more of water (add until you get desired smooth consistency)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tsp cumin (optional) 
Salt and pepper to taste
Assorted vegetables


Add all ingredients in a small blender or food processor and blend or puree until smooth. 

Serve with fresh veggies like carrots, cucumbers, sugar snap peas, bell peppers, zucchini, radish, celery, broccoli, cauliflower or cherry tomatoes.

Published Aug. 25, 2021