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You’re sitting at your desk when it hits: The nagging feeling that yearns for something to break the monotony. If only there were something delicious to nibble and hold you over until the next meal. And that’s when you remember. The snack! Hidden deep in the recesses of your bag, you dig until you find it, letting out a sigh of relief because all is well with the world.

We’ve all been there.

Veggie VittlesHealthy Snacks Are Possible with Plant-Based Junk FoodSnacking successfully at your desk is an art, something they don’t prepare you for in school since your mom had you covered for most of your life. As an adult, you’re on your own and the choices can feel overwhelming. Never fear, we are here to fast-track you to snack game domination.

There are a few things to consider when choosing snacks to bring to work: Avoid ones that are super messy so that they don’t end up all over you, your keyboard, and your desk. Pass on foods that smell funky (no kimchi or hard-boiled eggs, please) and ones that are really rich and heavy (you’ll end up in a food coma).

We prefer making our own because you can prepare a big batch and enjoy them over the week. Plus, it saves money and you’ll probably make healthier choices. The raw, no-cook route is always a great choice, but there are times when snap peas, fruit, and almonds just won’t cut it. Frankly, you crave something more interesting. You want a snack that you can rely on, one that will help you get through the day because you know it’s there waiting as a reward.

We tackled our snack list by finding ones that would be a good fit for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon treat; the ones that are hearty and made with the good kind of fat to keep you full longer.

All of these are easily transportable and storable so you don’t need a fridge to keep them and won’t have to worry about someone else stealing them. From healthy to indulgent, super easy to slightly complicated, we have a recipe for whatever type of snacker you are.

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Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars

Smitten Kitchen

Filled with chocolate chunks, these energy-packed granola bars will keep you going during that afternoon slump. Alternatively, use them as a mid-morning snack if breakfast didn’t quite do it for you. Get the Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars recipe.

Parmesan-Rosemary Biscotti

My Name is Yeh

When you’re reaching for that afternoon cup of coffee or tea, dip one of these bad boys for a European-style siesta. We love Molly Yeh’s savory cheese-and-herb version. Get the Parmesan-Rosemary Biscotti recipe.

Superfood Brownie Bites

The First Mess

Doesn’t chocolate make everything better? If you immediately started nodding your head, then you will love these chocolate bites, which are packed with powerful superfoods. Get the Superfood Brownie Bites recipe.

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds

Sally’s Baking Addiction

Make. Instagram. Eat. At least, that’s what we think of every time we look at these addictive chocolate-and-salt-covered almonds. Get the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds recipe.

Tangy Ranch Cashews

Ranch Cashews recipe

Chowhound

So good that you’ll wish you had a cocktail to pair with it. Think of it as a way to get you ready for post-work happy hour. Get our Tangy Ranch Cashews recipe.

Cocoa-Cayenne Popcorn Balls

Cocoa-Cayenne Popcorn Balls recipe

Chowhound

Sweet, spicy and crunchy—this has everything that we look for in a snack. Keep these in a small bag, Mason Jar, or Tupperware for easy access. Get our Cocoa-Cayenne Popcorn Balls recipe.

Salt and Vinegar Roasted Edamame

Emilie Eats

These are a much healthier version of salt and vinegar chips. Plus, you can use leftovers in a salad. Get the Salt and Vinegar Roasted Edamame recipe.

Gourmet Trail Mix

gourmet trail mix recipe

Chowhound

Trail mixes seem to be one of those “to-each-their-own” snacks when it comes to preferences. We love this well-balanced trail mix for when raw almonds don’t cut it, but you can definitely make it your own. Get our Gourmet Trail Mix recipe.

Whole Wheat Coconut Oil Roasted Banana Bread

Lee Hersh

A healthier take on banana bread, this recipe comes with a how-to video if you’re a banana bread virgin. Pro Tip: You want really, really ripe bananas. Get the Whole Wheat Coconut Oil Roasted Banana Bread recipe.

Turmeric and Blueberry Breakfast Muffins with Granola Topping

Green Kitchen Stories

We love the list of suggested swap-outs that come with this wholesome snack. Check out this adorable family’s website for even more suggestions. Get the Turmeric and Blueberry Breakfast Muffins with Granola Topping recipe.

5-Ingredient Triple Decker Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Tieghan Gerard/Halfbaked Harvest

For the day you want your entire office to love you. These definitely fall to the more indulgent side of our snack list, but it’s all about balance, right? Get the 5-Ingredient Triple Decker Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars recipe.

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Baked Doughnuts

Joy the Baker

These mini doughnuts are the ideal mid-afternoon snack, especially when paired with a cup of coffee or tea. The baked variety have a different texture to them and are often lighter and airier than fried. Get the Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Baked Doughnuts recipe.

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