Looking for go-for-you nibbles? These tasty 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!
Here’s a DIY healthy snack recipe that’s 100% worth making at home: Granola Bars! The flavor of a homemade bar is infinitely more delicious! The secret here? Lightly toasting the oats brings out a delightfully nutty undertone. Mix them with honey, peanut butter and cinnamon for a pure, wholesome flavor.
Here’s a healthy snack that’s captured our kiddo's imagination, and subsequently ours: Apple Nachos! This simple combination of sweetened yogurt, almonds and apple slices is so refreshing and delicious, it’s hard to stop sneaking bites.
Here’s a go-to snack you’ll want to make again and again: this Veggie Dip recipe! It’s just creamy and savory enough, simple to whip up with just the right combination of spices. No need for prepackaged ranch seasonings here! This healthy veggie dip is a snack everyone will love: and it comes together in just 5 minutes.
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 fun and easy snack no one can turn down: Yogurt Bark! This play on chocolate bark uses frozen yogurt as the base. Mix Greek yogurt with a little honey and vanilla, then sprinkle with toppings of your choice: fruit, granola, chocolate chips, and nuts. Freeze it up and break it into pieces, and each bite is creamy and refreshing: perfect for kids and adults.
Here’s a tasty dip that will surprise you with its irresistibly creamy flavor: Black Bean Hummus! This spin on the traditional Mediterranean chickpea dip might sound fun, but here’s the thing. It tastes even better than it sounds! Black beans, lime, tahini and a bit of smoked paprika make creamy dip magic.
Need a quick, portable and energy boosting snack? Try homemade Trail Mix! It’s easy to find at the grocery, or mix it up at home. It’s fun, simple, and endlessly customizable to your tastes. Mix up your favorite blend of fruit, nuts, and seeds, and it’s a quick dose of energy for an afternoon slump or a portable snack for traveling.
Here’s an alternative that we think is even more fun than guacamole: this creamy Avocado Dip! Dip a chip into this luxuriously creamy, intensely savory magic sauce and pow! The meld of avocado, lime, cilantro and cumin is like a heightened version of your favorite guac. Even better: unlike guacamole, it magically stays green in the refrigerator for days!
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.
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 healthy oatmeal muffins are spiced and lightly sweet, featuring bananas, maple syrup and cinnamon. (They’re also gluten free and dairy free!) Mix up a batch early in the week and then reach for them when you need a quick energy boost.
Here’s a smoothie for when you’ve got a chocolate craving: the Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie! This tasty recipe features strawberries, banana, almond butter and cocoa powder, blended up into a lusciously creamy puree. Its rich, fruity flavor made it an instant hit over here, and we gobbled it up like it was a milkshake.
There’s nothing quite like the spiced crunch of a great granola recipe. The sweetness of the oats, the lightly fruity notes of hidden coconut, the gems of sweet raisin or cranberry…it’s both cozy and fresh, all once. Of course, the store-bought stuff can’t compare to homemade. Here’s our favorite recipe: sweet, perfectly spiced and ultra crispy.
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 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.
Need healthy snack inspiration? Try a quick and easy Smoothie Bowl! Instead of sipping the fruity puree through a straw, try it in a bowl loaded up with toppings. It’s a satisfying blend of textures and flavors that admittedly tastes more like dessert than a healthy snack!
Need snack to impress? Try this Pineapple Salsa! The zing of the lime and heat of the jalapeno are the ideal pairing for this sweet fruit. Grab a juicy, ripe pineapple for this one: scoop it up with chips or crackers and each bite is an explosion of sweet, savory, salty and spicy.
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.
Here’s a customizable make-ahead recipe that works for a healthy snack (or lunch or breakfast): Egg Muffins! Bake up scrambled eggs in muffin tin cups with healthy veggies, then refrigerate them for meals all week! The filling is packed with good stuff: loads of spinach, cottage cheese for healthy protein, and jarred red pepper.
Why not try the same idea of those 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.
Up to 1 cup finely chopped nuts, dried fruit and seeds, or ½ cup mini chocolate chips
Toast the oats: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the oats in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast them for 10 minutes until lightly golden. (This step adds incredible toasty flavor to the oats: don’t skip it!)
Mix the ingredients: Transfer the oats to a large bowl and mix in the peanut butter, honey, oats, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir in mix-ins.
Form into bars: Add a sheet of parchment paper to a 9″ x 9″ pan, letting the edges drape over the sides. Place the mixture into the pan and press it into an even layer. Add a few more mix-ins to the top of the bars, if you’d like. Use a small glass to roll over the top to make them as smooth as possible.
Freeze and cut the bars: Freeze the bars for 10 minutes. Then remove the pan from the freezer and use the parchment to lift the bars out of the pan. Use a sharp knife to cut them into 20 rectangles (that are 4 x 5 inches) or 14 bar sized shapes (that are 4 ½ by 1 ¼ inches). Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. The texture is most solid after you refrigerate for a few hours, so if you have time do that before tasting the first bar. If you’d like, you can individually wrap the bars with parchment paper or wax paper and secure the wrapper with tape.
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