It’s back-to-school season, and whether or not you have kids the sight of Superman backpacks and Hello Kitty lunch boxes might have you feeling a little nostalgic. We can’t help you time travel back to your childhood to relive those halcyon days, but we can offer some after-school snack ideas for the child inside. They probably won’t be as evocative as those ants on a log that your mom made for you after school, but they’re just as delicious and more suited to your all-grown-up taste buds.Spicy Thai Peanuts3 cupsThese fragrant, toasted peanuts are best served warm, but they’re delicious no matter how you eat them. They’re also a great garnish for Thai curries, stir fries, lettuce wraps, and salads. Pair these peanuts with Brew Dr. Kombucha Citrus Hopsfor the ultimate salty-spicy-sweet snack.1½ tablespoons vegetable oil8 fresh or thawed frozen makrut lime leaves, sliced into thin slivers2 to 3 teaspoons red pepper flakes2 stalks lemongrass, tender parts thinly sliced1 pound roasted peanuts1 teaspoon fine sea saltDirections:
Crispy Roasted Chickpeas2 cupsRoasting chickpeas turns them into a savory, crunchy snack that’s as easy to make as opening a can. Nosh on these and wash them down with a bottle of Brew Dr. Kombucha Happiness for a quick jolt of sustaining energy.15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained1 tablespoon olive oil1 teaspoon cumin, chili powder, curry powder, or your favorite spice blend½ teaspoon fine sea saltDirections:
Dark Chocolate Superfood Bites 10 bitesThese bite-sized naturally sweetened snacks provide instantaneous energy and tons of rich chocolate flavor. Our favorite pairing is Brew Dr. Kombucha Superberry, as the deep berry flavor is a perfect fit for the dark, bitter chocolate.1½ cups raw or roasted almonds2 packed cups moist dried dates, pitted and roughly chopped½ cup cocoa nibs¼ cup cocoa powder1 tablespoon coconut oil¼ teaspoon saltDirections:
Hopefully by now you’re inspired to craft some healthy, homemade snacks to indulge your inner child without resorting to funfetti cookies (although, that sounds pretty great, too!). Because everyone, whether you’re in middle school or the school of hard knocks, deserves a handmade snack to come home to after a long day.