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10 Study Snack Recipes for Powering Through Finals

Your head's spinning from studying -- and your heart's in holiday mode? We’ve got you. Lift your mood and power through exams with these tasty treats.

Brace yourselves, because coming to a university near you is finals week. Every college student has experienced the sleepless nights, 1 a.m. breakdowns, and soul-sucking effect of final exams. Cramming at the last minute for your finals and neglecting nutrition, however, won’t do you any favors. Try one of these healthy, holiday-inspired snacks to fuel your mind and keep you energized throughout finals week. (While you enjoy one of them, you may want to take a break and check out what will help you in the “final hour” before a final.)

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls

Prep: No baking or special tools required

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls: a great study snack from dailyburn.com
Source: dailyburn.com.

Don’t let the name deceive you. These protein-packed morsels are healthier than their traditional counterpart, although one bite will have you believing you’re eating the real deal. Each ball is packed with 5 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber — both of which can help quell study-time hunger pangs. If you’re feeling that pre-finals slog, pop one of these in your mouth to energize (and reward) yourself.

Maca Cacao Hot Chocolate

Prep: Stovetop or microwave required

maca hot chocolate recipe
Source: loveandlemons.com.

What better way is there to celebrate the start of the holiday season? Store-bought hot chocolate mixes can be laden with hidden artificial sweeteners, and the average hot cocoa from your local cafe, although delicious, can put a dent in your wallet. Try this rich but healthier hot chocolate recipe made with maca powder. According to this blogger, maca is “powder from the Peruvian maca root,” which “has a malty vanilla flavor.” WebMD says people take it to enhance energy, stamina, and memory (though there’s not yet enough evidence to rate its effectiveness).

Suggestions: No stovetop? Use a microwave instead. Make sure to stir every 10 or so seconds! This recipe also tastes fantastic without the maca powder, if you do not have any.

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

Prep: Oven required (unless you buy packaged apple chips!)

baked cinnamon apple chips

These deliciously decadent baked apple chips only require two ingredients: cinnamon and, of course, apples. Make them in a large batch to share with study buddies, or store them to eat throughout finals week. These chips require 3 hours of hands-off baking, so take the opportunity to do some practice problems while letting the cinnamony aroma freshen your brain.

Healthy Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bars

Prep: Blender or food processor (optional), stovetop, and fridge required

healthy sea salt dark chocolate bars
Source: pinchofyum.com

If you’ve ever had a “Chocolate Emergency” or consider yourself a “chocolate treatster” like Pinch of Yum blogger Lindsay, these sea salt dark chocolate bars are for you. This healthy recipe substitutes sugary milk chocolate with brain-boosting dark chocolate and replaces sugar with honey. Nosh on one of these bars in between problem sets to satisfy your late-night sweet tooth.

No-Bake Mini Fruit Pizzas

Prep: Blender or food processor and microwave or stovetop required

easy mini fruit pizza
Source: pinchofyum.com

While pizza may be one of those essential late-night college snacks, it’s definitely not the healthiest option to eat on the daily. Try making a batch of these mini fruit pizzas, which use Medjool dates as the base for a healthier “crust.” If you don’t have tart molds or even muffin tins, you can press them into whatever small containers you do have; they don’t need baking, so it won’t matter one bit. Add your favorite fruits as toppings for a pop of color to brighten up a monotonous week of studying.

5-Minute Candied Pecans

Prep: Stovetop required

candied pecans
Source: amyshealthybaking.com

Here’s a recipe that’s short and sweet. This candied pecan recipe puts a healthier twist on a holiday classic to produce a snack high in heart-healthy unsaturated fat and fiber. These are made with just 5 ingredients: stevia (a natural and lower-calorie sweetener), cinnamon, salt, water, and nuts. Prep a large batch and munch on them throughout finals week.

Roasted Sweet Potato Pie Bites

Prep: Oven required

4-ingredient roasted sweet potato pie bites
Source: foodfaithfitness.com

Whip up a batch of these 4-ingredient sweet potato bites to get a taste of the holidays. This sweet snack is bursting with cold-busting vitamin C, energy-laden iron, and naturally hearty flavors.

If your college housing is ovenless, save the recipe for winter break, and take a batch to a holiday get-together. Your family will be so impressed, they may forget to ask you how classes are going … or what your major is … or whether you’re seeing anyone “nice.”

Ricotta Plum Toast

Prep: Oven required

ricotta plum toast snack
Source: amysheree.com

Cinnamon toast may be comfort food, but this elevated toast makes it look like child’s play. These bites will leave your mind content and your stomach satisfied. Made with only 5 ingredients, this snack is comprised of a balanced ratio of complex carbs, healthy fats, and energizing protein to fuel your body.

Suggestions: The 5-Minute Candied Pecans (above) make the perfect swap for the roasted walnuts shown here. If you do not have an oven, buy pre-roasted nuts and make the toast in a toaster or toaster oven.

Chocolate-Covered Grapes

Prep: Freezer required
chocolate grapes

Who knew that chocolate could ever be considered healthy? This unorthodox chocolate-covered grape recipe is quick and easy to make, and it requires only 3 simple ingredients.

Suggestions: Use dark chocolate for a bigger antioxidant boost, and feel free to use a stovetop instead of a microwave to melt the chocolate.

Healthy Cinnamon Sugar Apple Muffins

Prep: Oven required

healthy greek yogurt apple muffins
Source: chelseasmessyapron.com

These sweet little apple niblets are sure to give you a taste of flavorful autumn aromas. The secret: cinnamon and allspice. Using (mostly) whole wheat flour as a base and coconut oil instead of butter, these muffins are easy to whip up and make a festive breakfast on the go. Share a batch with your study group and you’ll be everyone’s favorite member!

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