Looking for healthy snacks? These delicious healthy snack recipes are full of nutrients and energy to get you through the day.
It’s one thing to eat healthy dinner recipes and lunch recipes and breakfast recipes, but what about everything in between? Having healthy snack recipes on hand for when hunger strikes is crucial! Alex and I have found that if we have healthy snacks stocked and on hand, it’s so much easier to choose those than an unhealthy alternative. But if our cupboard is stocked with potato chips and cookies: then of course we want those instead!
Healthy snacks…without a recipe!
Now, before we talk about healthy snack recipes: let’s acknowledge that the easiest snacks have no recipe! Here are some snacks that we like to eat in our household that don’t require a recipe. What are your favorites?
Peanut butter toast
Sliced apples or bananas
Roasted or smoked almonds
Cheese and all natural crackers
Yogurt with a drizzle of maple syrup and berries
Avocado toast (mashed avocado on toast with salt or Everything Bagel seasoning)
First up in our healthy snack recipes: this simple yogurt fruit dip! Naturally sweet and flavored with vanilla and cinnamon, it comes together in less than 5 minutes and is a healthy snack. It’s got no refined sugar like many of the store-bought fruit dips. Serve with apple slices or strawberries!
These vegetarian and vegan veggie roll ups are both delicious and healthy, and a kid friendly recipe. Stuffed with hummus, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, they double as a party appetizer or a delicious afternoon snack.
Here’s a healthy snack that’s so delicious, you might find yourself sneaking one for dessert. Try this peanut butter energy balls recipe! Just mix a handful of simple ingredients together and bam! You’ve got an instant homemade snack that’s infinitely more delicious than store-bought granola bars or energy bites. Even better, they’ve got a good amount of protein and fiber for a tiny ball.
Here’s a recipe that’s perfect for breakfast and all those in between moments, too: these ridiculously easy no bake Oatmeal Bars! These were big winners in our house and quickly solidified themselves into the weekly repertoire. These breakfast bars star peanut butter, honey, and Old Fashioned oats, and they’re a healthy breakfast or snack you can feel good feeding yourself or your family.
This garlic herb white bean dip is a delicious and healthy dip recipe that everyone will love! It’s a unique alternative to hummus. Serving with veggies or crackers as one of our top healthy snack recipes.
Everyone we’ve served this cilantro dip to raves about it: even people who don’t like green peas or cilantro! With just 3 ingredients, it’s one of our favorite easy party appetizers and healthy snack recipes. Dip with homemade tortilla chips or crackers.
Want a chocolate fix? Here's the healthy snack for you! Here’s the great part: it tastes just like dark chocolate pudding! But it’s only Greek yogurt, dark cocoa powder, and maple syrup. So, you get the protein and probiotics of yogurt while getting your chocolate fix. Even better, you can make it in 2 minutes!
Stuffed dates are the perfect healthy snack, and they need no cooking at all! They're incredibly easy to make, and the flavor of this simple pairing is outrageous. Pair the sweet caramel chewiness of Medjool dates with tangy, fluffy goat cheese, and the sweet-savory combo is out of this world. For plant based, use any nut butter (like our homemade nut butter!).
These gluten free oatmeal muffins are spiced and lightly sweet, featuring bananas, maple syrup and cinnamon. (They’re also dairy free!) Mix up a batch early in the week and then reach for them when you need a quick energy boost.
This Greek yogurt dip is a ranch dip recipe made healthy. With a few real food ingredients, this is one of those healthy snack recipes that comes together in just 5 minutes. Dip with the usual suspects: carrot sticks and celery sticks. Or try something out of the box, like kohlrabi!
This Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie is the perfect immunity-boosting drink with a naturally chocolate-y flavor starring blueberries and bananas. If you have a sweet craving, this is a naturally sweet way to do it!
Put this cinnamon pecan muesli in your arsenal of healthy snack recipes: it’s easy to make, healthy, vegan, and naturally sweet. Essentially homemade breakfast cereal, serve it with almond milk as a plant based option.
Peanut butter frozen yogurt dots are a healthy treat and a sure hit with kids of all ages—even adults! Simply mix up yogurt with peanut butter and maple syrup and freeze it into little dot shapes. Then when you feel a sweet craving come on: head to the freezer!
This easy mango salsa recipe uses only a few ingredients and tastes amazing with fish, veggie tacos, or with tortilla chips. As one of our healthy snack recipes, serve with homemade tortilla chips or even plain homemade pita chips.
Of course you don’t have to make homemade crackers: but it’s a great way to make sure they’re full of all natural ingredients and no preservatives! This almond cashew homemade crackers recipe shows you how to make crackers at home: they’re delicious and fun to make, too.
This spiced crispy chickpeas recipe is the perfect salty, crunchy healthy snack! They’re baked simply with olive oil and spiced with chili powder and cumin. Alex and I are pretty addicted to these, personally.
Why not try the same idea of crispy chickpeas with black beans? Meet our new very favorite snack: roasted black beans! Make up a big batch and you will fall in love with this irresistible crunchy plant-based snack.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.