Delicious Snack Recipes That Are Perfect for Any Mood
Not everyone in your household may choose to snack every day, but you can bet that small bites will come in handy for kids, parents, friends, and yourself every once in a while. On our busiest days, formal meals may fall to the wayside, but you'll always have time for a grab-and-go snack—after all, getting through mid-morning stomach grumbling and pre-dinner cravings without nibbling on something is tough. If you're not prepared with healthy options, you might find yourself reaching for processed snacks that aren't doing you any favors. That's where these ideas come in; we've compiled a list of snack recipes that are perfect for those hectic moments.
Most of these snacks can be made well in advance, in bulk, and enjoyed over a hectic work week or stashed away in school bags each morning. They're snacks that you know and love with an elevated twist; case in point, our Mexican-inspired interpretation of deliciously salty, seasoned popcorn that can be stored in reusable snack bags. This elote-style popcorn quickly comes together on your stovetop in a bath of butter, safflower oil, and zesty Tajin seasoning; it's finished with salt and pecorino romano when it's time to serve, which can be either day or night.
Other snacks are perfect for more formal occasions, especially when friends and family are involved. Whether you're hosting a cocktail hour where you'll serve tasty hors d'oeuvres or are dreaming of a comfy pajama party complete with classic movies, these crowd-friendly snacks are easy enough to make on the fly; from sweet to savory, healthy to indulgent, these snack recipes are designed with you in mind.
Banana Energy Bites
Crispy Chickpea Snack
Better-for-You Spinach Dip
Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
Tamari-and-Maple Roasted Almonds
These dressed-up almonds are quick, easy, and a nice change of pace from the usual mixed nuts served out of the can.
Cucumber Carrot Bites
Cashew-Date-Coconut Energy Bars
Make a pan of these chewy, chocolatey numbers on Sunday, and they'll keep you going all week long.
Apricot Salsa with Lemon Verbena
Ripe apricots are tossed with roasted jalapeños and scallions, fresh ginger and lemon verbena, and thinly sliced red onion in this zesty summer salsa.
We usually think of nachos as a family-style dish, but making individual sizes couldn't be easier. Plus, you won't have to knock someone's arm out of the way to get more of your favorite topping.
Tahini Fruit Dip
Greek yogurt spiked with tahini, honey, and cinnamon is the perfect vehicle for fresh fruit.
Radishes and Peanut Butter
Seeded-Bread Tartines with Herbed Goat Cheese and Smoked Salmon
These healthy toasts boast herb-inflected goat cheese, smoked salmon, bitter greens, thinly sliced red onion, and briny caper berries as toppings.
Avocado, Spinach, and Pear Smoothie
Who says snacks can’t be slurpable? Blend avocado, spinach, pear, coconut water, and mint for this refreshing, verdant smoothie.
Sriracha and maple syrup give these crackers an addictive spicy-sweet interplay. You can store them for up to a week in an airtight container, but we doubt they'll last that long.
Dates and Blue Cheese
Mini Ricotta Pizzas
Cabbage is the new kale, at least when it comes to chips. These addictive snacks can be made up to three days in advance.