This post as been a long time coming. Way back when my friend Myrandah visited me she requested that I do a post on snacks, because she’s never sure of what to eat in between meals. I told her that I felt her pain and that, I too, sometimes struggles with snacks. Healthy snacks, that is. I’ve got breakfasts (eggs/oats), lunches (sandwiches/salads), dinners (carb+veggie+sometimes meat), and dessert (raw anything & everything/ice cream) down pat. But snacks? Uhhh….granola bars? Bananas? Sometimes I suck at finding the right snacks. If you’re like me, you should probably read this list and get inspiration from some awesome bloggers who are on their A-game when it comes to snacking.
Some healthy, homemade snacks include: balls/bites, chips, crackers, granola bars, fruit & vegetables, overnight oats, smoothies, and tea.
Grain Free Dark Chocolate Reese’s Protein Bites via Cotter Crunch ::: Lindsay is the queen of balls….err..BITES and you can clearly see why. These Reese protein bites (say that 5 times without drooling) are just one of her many ball/bites recipes.
Cacao Nib Superfood Truffles via The Healthy Family & Home ::: I’m a huge fan of superfoods and am always looking for unique ways to use them. Throwing them into a ball recipe is BRILLIANT and such an easy way to get your extra nutrients.
No Bake Snickerdoodle Energy Bites via In It 4 the Long Run ::: Georgie also knows balls pretty well (omg I’m sorry……I’m not sorry). Snickernoodle is one of the best flavors (and one I tend to forget about…which needs to change ASAP), so having it as a snack is A-ok with me!
Lemon Meltaway Balls via One Green Planet ::: I don’t think I’ve ever had a lemon-flavored ball recipe, but they sound super refreshing! I’m a fan of lemon everything, so having an afternoon lemon-y snack sounds kind of perfect.
Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites via Paleo Grubs ::: It’s not quiteeeeee pumpkin time, but it’s right around the corner. If you’re anything like me, you’re starting to crave pumpkin things ALREADY. Get a head start by making these pumpkin bites—your friends WILL be envious.
Salt & Vinegar Kale Chips via Gimme Some Oven ::: I love kale. Kale kale kale. Have I mentioned I love kale? The only thing better than kale is kale chips—because CRISPY and so healthy and a bit of salty perfection (in a healthy way).
Oven Baked Beet Chips via A Spicy Perspective ::: Beets and I aren’t the best of friends, but beet chips are a whole different story! Whether you love or hate beets, you’re going to love them in chip form.
Rosemary and Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips via Feast on the Cheap ::: Rosemary on sweet potatoes?! AND in chip form! Sweet potato chips are the healthy potato chips and even healthier when made from the comfort of your own kitchen. Plus, rosemary is just plain delicious.
Zucchini Chips via Table for Two ::: It’s a known fact that zucchini makes everything better (i.e. zucchini bread>regular bread). Zucchini also puts regular chips to shame, especially when the recipe only requires three ingredients!
Spinach Chips via Rabbit Food for my Bunny Teeth ::: Similar to kale chips, but with spinach! I know a lot of people who don’t like kale, so if you are one of those people and you only have spinach in your kitchen, have no fear! You can make a healthy and tasty snack with spinach too—just follow this simple recipe.
Homemade Superfood Crackers via Butter with a Side of Bread ::: Once again, an excellent way to squeeze in superfoods. Rather than chips, you can easily make your own crackers at home AND fill them with superfoods. Talk about an excellent afternoon refuel.
Cheezy Kale Crackers via Rawmazing ::: There’s kale chips and then there are kale crackers, which require a bit more effort but are more filling too.
Chocolate Crackers via Diethood ::: Now this recipe speaks my language. I usually love chocolate as a dessert but chocolate as a snack doesn’t sound too bad either!
Raw Flax Crackers via Eating Vibrantly ::: Now THESE are the ultimate health cracker. The best part is that they serve as a base and you can top them with whatever your heart desires (i.e. all the cheese and fruit in the world!)
Oil Free Healthy Chickpea Crackers via Honest Cooking ::: You know I love my chickpeas, but I’d never thought to put them in crackers before! Chickpeas are great for a lot of reasons, but I love the protein they provide.
Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars via The Almond Eater ::: I’m a little biased since this is my own recipe, but these bars are GOOD. I mean, they use fresh cherries for goodness sake and have cacao and chia seeds in them too. Chocolate cherry lovers unite!
Healthy Chewy Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars via Lovely Little Kitchen ::: Enjoy apple cinnamon on the go with these apple cinnamon bars. Seriously though—just look how chewy they look!
Tart Cherry, Dark Chocolate and Cashew Granola Bars via Love and Zest ::: Crunchy bars with chocolate, cashews and all the seeds! These bars have something for everyone.
Healthy Quinoa and Chocolate Chip Granola Bars via iFoodReal ::: I love sneaky quinoa recipes, and these bars are no exception. Rather than just using oats, they use quinoa as well for added protein. Aaaaaand they have chocolate in them, so they’re an obvious winner.
Super Seedy Granola Bars vis Minimalist Baker ::: Going along with the superfoods theme.. these bars are basically just that. They’re full of FOUR different kinds of seeds, including hemp and chia seeds, aaaand they use peanut butter.
Fruit Salsa and Homemade Cinnamon Chips via Yummy Healthy Easy ::: Make this salsa and pack in with your lunch and your favorite chips. Or, better yet, make the homemade cinnamon chips that comes with this salsa recipe. A perfect pairing!
Baked Green Bean Fries via Damn Delicious ::: Green beans make an excellent snack, especially when they’re green bean fries covered in bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
Strawberry Mint Spring Rolls via The Almond Eater ::: Once again, my own recipe, but these spring rolls are filled with coconut meat, strawberries and mint leaves and are perfectly portable and full of fruity flavor.
Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower via The Wicked Noodle ::: Cauliflower has many benefits and many uses. This recipes roasts cauliflower in the oven, making it totally snack-able when it’s done.
Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas via The Almond Eater ::: Okokok so these don’t really fit in the fruit/vegetable category (like, not at all), BUT they may or may not be my actual favorite and go-to snack, and have been since I was in college. Even when I’m really hungry I’m always willing to wait the 30 minutes it takes to prep these because they are JUST THAT GOOD.
Blueberry Pie Protein Overnight Oats via Amy’s Healthy Baking ::: Make these the night before and then pack them in your lunch! This particular recipe uses fresh blueberries and only requires five ingredients!
Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats via Creme de la Crumb ::: How pretty are these?! If you’re a fan of cinnamon rolls, you’re going to love this take on them. Make the oats and then eat them with a mini cinnamon roll—because sharing is overrated.
Latte Overnight Oats via 24 Carrot Life ::: The only thing better than coffee is two coffees. Enjoy these latte oats with your cup ‘o joe either as a mid-morning snack or as an afternoon pick-me-up.
Double Chocolate Brownie Batter Overnight Oats via Chelsea’s Messy Kitchen ::: You know that afternoon chocolate craving you can’t seem to kick? Or better yet, that after dinner craving. These chocolate oats are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthier way!
Almond Butter, Strawberry and Banana Overnight Oats with Chia via Ambitious Kitchen ::: All of my favorite foods in ONE overnight oats recipe. The almond butter and chia seeds make this an extra filling recipe.
Banana Peach Green Smoothie via A Simple Pantry ::: A refreshing, summery smoothie that’s also green?! Thanks spinach. This smoothie will give you energy and have you wanting summer all year round.
Coconut, Vanilla and Almond Butter Smoothie via With Salt and Wit ::: Craving something sweet? This smoothie’s got ya covered in a healthy way. It uses real ingredients and dates as the sweetener so you can enjoy it guilt-free.
Brussels Sprouts and Raspberry Smoothie via Box of Spice ::: This smoothie has brussels sprouts in it. BRUSSELS SPROUTS. I don’t even know if I need to say anything else. Yes I do—talk about an easy way to sneak in some veggies!
Strawberry Banana Smoothie via Baked by Rachel ::: A classic strawberry banana smoothie makes for the perfect snack because c’mon, who doesn’t love strawberry-banana?
Thick and Creamy Chocolate Smoothie via Running with Spoons ::: Is it wrong of me to assume your sweet tooth is as severe as mine? No? Ok good. This chocolate smoothie is simple and of course chocolate-y, so slurp away my friends!
And last but not least, tea. I’m not going to provide any “tea recipes” because there really aren’t any (minus chai tea), but tea in general is an awesome in between meal snack and really good for you of course! Now if only I could get myself to like it….
Hopefully you’ve found inspiration and gotten some new snack ideas. Happy snacking!