18 Healthy Back To School Recipes

Whether you love it or you hate it, the school semester is about to start, and like always, it’s starting wayyy too soon.  I’m sure the school year is creeping up on students like a monster that’s ready to pounce.  But school doesn’t have to be as strict and stressful this year…  know why?  Because we’ve got these 18 healthy back to school recipes to keep us calm, cool, and collected (even if we’re really freaking out on the inside).

I’m pretty sure this was my thought process on the first day of school every single year:

Did I remember to pack pencils?  What about my agenda?  And a calculator?  And my snacks and lunch money??  Oh yeah, definitely got the snacks and money…  food is priority #1!

18 easy, healthy Back To School recipes that anyone with a sweet tooth will enjoy! From no-bake granola bars to protein bars, DIY cereal to DIY gummy bears, cookies to brownies, and MORE! Healthy Dessert Recipes with sugar free, low calorie, low fat, low carb, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and raw options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

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Let’s begin shall we?

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1.  Peanut Butter & Jelly Uncrustables

Do these bring you back to your childhood?  They sure do for me!  Sadly, the storebought kinds are made with hydrogenated oils, high-fructose corn syrup, and preservatives.  But not this homemade version!

Oh, and be sure to check out these yummy PB&J Paninis too!

Healthy Peanut Butter & Jelly Uncrustables (refined sugar free, whole grain, gluten free option, vegan option) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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2.  Peanut Butter & Jelly DIY Protein Bars

Life is good with one of these Healthy Peanut Butter & Jelly DIY Protein Bars in your mouth hand.

These easy, no-bake Healthy Peanut Butter & Jelly DIY Protein Bars are not only fudgy, sweet, and delicious, but sugar free, gluten free, and vegan too! Healthy Dessert Recipes with sugar free, low calorie, low fat, low carb, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and raw options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

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3.  Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter DIY Protein Bars

Chewy, fudgy, sweet, and peanut buttery.  They taste more like decadent fudge rather than anything actually good for you!

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Fudge Protein Bars

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4.  No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

You’ll fall in love with these sweet, soft, and chewy granola bars.  They’re not hard and crumbly like the storebought kinds, and they’re 100% nutritious.  This is the ultimate snack for the chocolate-peanut-butter-lover out there!

Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars (refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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5.  Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal

Crunchy, cinnamon-sugary, bite-sized treats that are perfect all on their own or in a bowl with milk.

This Healthy Cinnamon Crunch Toast Cereal tastes just like the storebought version. But GUESS WHAT? This healthy homemade version is made without the added sugar, preservatives, and unnecessary additives. It’s low in sugar, all natural, and even vegan! -- Healthy Dessert Recipes with sugar free, low calorie, low fat, high protein, gluten free, and dairy free options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

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6.  Guilt-Free Muddy Buddies

These muddy buddies truly are a guilt-free treat — they’re so sweet, so chocolatey, and sooo peanut buttery!

And if you like Muddy Buddies, you’ll love these Muddy Buddy BUNNIES!

Guilt-Free Muddy Buddies - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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7.  Buckwheat Pancakes

These Buckwheat Pancakes have been a staple breakfast of mine for years.  This is also one of the recipes that readers make the most!  Because these pancakes are so popular, I made a few variations you might enjoy as well: Buckwheat Banana Pancakes, Buckwheat Chocolate Pancakes, and Protein Buckwheat Chocolate Pancakes!

Healthy Banana Buckwheat Pancakes (refined sugar free, low fat, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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8.  Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie

Enjoy all the flavors of a PB&J sandwich but in smoothie form instead!  You won’t regret it.

This sweet, rich and creamy Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie sure doesn't taste refined sugar free, low fat, high protein, high fiber, and gluten free in the slightest! -- Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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9.  Homemade Gummy Bears

Every kid loves gummy bears, right?  I know I did, and still do to this day…  it’s a love that will never die.  Gummy bears are both firm and soft.  Your teeth can sink through them but still require a little chew.  I’ve made so many flavors of homemade gummy bears — Strawberry, Orange, Lemon, Green Apple, Blueberry, Very Cherry, and Peach Mango — it’s impossible to choose a favorite, so I guess you have to make them all, huh?  😉

Healthy Homemade Gummy Bears (refined sugar free, fat free, gluten free, all natural) – Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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10.  Homemade Krispy Treats

Krispy Treats were always a staple in my backpack.  I won’t lie, they were definitely more important to me than my books and homework.  Krispy Treats are crunchy and chewy and sweet and delicious…  unfortunately, the storebought kinds are made with nasty ingredients.  Thankfully, we’ve got this homemade version made with pure, simple, clean ingredients  🙂

I also made a protein-packed version for y’all!

Super simple, quick, and easy 3-ingredient Healthy Krispy Treats recipe (plus Chocolate-Dipped Heart-Shaped Krispy Treats perfect for Valentine’s Day) – these homemade treats are sweet, chewy and crunchy, you’d never know they’re all natural, low fat, refined sugar free, and gluten free! Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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11.  Scotcheroos

Scotcheroos are peanut butter butterscotch krispy treats with a layer of dark chocolate on top.  They are super easy and fun to make, and people go CRAZY for them!

Healthy Scotcheroos DIY Protein Bars (Peanut Butter Butterscotch Krispy Treats with Dark Chocolate) from the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – authored by Jessica Stier of the Desserts with Benefits Blog

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12.  Thumbprint Cookies

These are easy to make and even easier to eat!

These soft and chewy 7-ingredient Healthy Thumbprint Cookies are so simple and delicious, you'd never know they're refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan! Healthy Dessert Recipes with low calorie, low fat, high protein, high fiber, and raw options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

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13.  Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

No words are even necessary to describe how amazing (and MIND-BLOWING) these cookies are!

Healthy Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies recipe! These secretly guilt-free cookies are refined sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, eggless, and vegan, but you would never ever EVER suspect it! Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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14.  Homemade Oreos

You need these Homemade Oreos in your life.  I shouldn’t have to explain why…  you just DO!

Healthy Homemade Oreos recipe (sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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15.  Homemade Animal Crackers

These simple and easy 8-ingredient Healthy Homemade Animal Crackers are the ultimate snack! They’re simple, yet addicting. They’re not overly sweet, yet still totally delicious. You’d never know these DIY animal crackers are whole grain, sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan! -- Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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16.  Chocolate Banana Muffins

These muffins are sweet, fluffy, and PACKED with chocolate and bananas!  Yeah, uh, you’re welcome.

Healthy Chocolate Banana Muffins (refined sugar free, low fat, high fiber) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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17.  Peanut Butter-Swirled Fudge Brownies

PSA:  These fudgy brownies are sweet, chocolatey, addicting, and delicious, and have just 150 calories per brownie!  And SHHH, they’re secretly refined sugar free, low fat, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan too.

To be 100% sure you’re avoiding the trans fats and added sugars of typical storebought peanut butter, make it yourself at home  🙂

Healthy Peanut Butter-Swirled Fudge Brownies recipe (refined sugar free, low fat, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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18.  Banana Bread

Comprised of whole grains and natural sweetness from the bananas, this is the answer to your prayers!  This Healthy Banana Bread is TO. DIE. FOR.

One bite and you’ll wonder if this is real life.  Oh yes it is, my friend, yes it is.

Healthy Banana Bread (refined sugar free, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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Every student I know would be overjoyed to have any of these healthy back to school recipes in their lives, especially during the stressful back-to-school season!

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this roundup.  Hopefully more than most kids enjoy recess  😉

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18 easy, healthy Back To School recipes that anyone with a sweet tooth will enjoy! From no-bake granola bars to protein bars, DIY cereal to DIY gummy bears, cookies to brownies, and MORE! Healthy Dessert Recipes with sugar free, low calorie, low fat, low carb, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and raw options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

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With love and good eats,

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– Jess

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2 comments on “18 Healthy Back To School Recipes”

  1. Pinned your peanut butter and jelly uncrustables, your peanut butter and jelly protein bars, your peanut butter and jelly smoothie, your cinnamon raisin protein bars, and your healthy cinnamon toast crunch cereal! <3 These are some of the best recipes I've ever seen!

  2. Pingback: Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Braid Bread Recipe | Desserts With Benefits

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