From kid-approved snack foods to sweet treats from the freezer, find Taste Test winners in the snacks and treats category.
40 Easy & Healthy Snack Recipes
A few weeks ago at my neighbor’s reptile-themed 4 th birthday party, his mom hired a guy to bring over his collection of live animals. He showed up with an assortment of snakes, lizards, and even a huge turtle, and he patiently showed the young kids how to gently hold the smaller reptiles.
But the turtle was an immediate favorite, especially when the preschoolers learned they could feed him! The birthday boy’s mom passed around slices of brightly colored bell peppers to each kid, and they dropped the veggies in front of the turtle’s face, completely mesmerized as he munched and crunched his way through an entire garden’s worth of food.
I laughed to myself as I watched… That’s exactly how I feel during the afternoons too, Mr. Turtle! I love my afternoon snack breaks, but often I want something a little more filling than plain ol’ fresh fruit and veggies!
So that’s why I’ve rounded up this collection of 40 Easy & Healthy Snack Recipes for you! They all contained no artificial ingredients, refined flour or sugar—unlike many of the options on the snack aisle at the grocery store—and they’re incredibly simple to make. (And super yummy, too!)
from left to right, top to bottom…
Bar and Ball Healthy Snacks
You can buy a million different bars these days, but I still prefer to make my own. It’s more cost-effective, and I know that I’m snacking on whole foods like oats, nuts, and seeds. Plus, these healthy snack recipes are easy to keep on hand – store them in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 2 months!
Homemade Granola Bars
These homemade granola bars taste better than any you’d find at the store. Made with peanut butter, honey, oats, and dark chocolate, they have a delicious chewy texture and sweet, nutty flavor.
No Bake Energy Balls
These balls are like a healthy version of the best oatmeal cookies you can imagine. Maple syrup and dates make them naturally sweet, cinnamon and vanilla fill them with warm flavor, and mini chocolate chips take them over the top.
Pistachio Oat Squares
If you’re craving a sweet, nutty snack, you’re in luck! You only need 6 ingredients to make these oat squares, and they’ll be ready in under 30 minutes. The recipe is from my friend Jessica Murnane’s cookbook, One Part Plant.
Carrot Cake Bliss Balls
We’re crazy for carrot cake, so naturally, these balls are one of our favorite healthy snacks! They’re vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free, but you’d never know it from their rich, spiced carrot cake flavor.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
These bars taste like dessert, but superfood ingredients like maca, cacao, walnuts, and dates make them antioxidant-packed healthy snacks.
Strawberry Rhubarb Bars
The hardest part of making these bars is waiting for them to cool! The crust and crumble topping are one and the same, so they’re super easy to put together.
No Bake Cookies
They’re vegan, gluten-free, and packed with good-for-you ingredients like oats and peanut butter. I call them cookies, but in my book, these guys totally pass as healthy snacks.
Hasselback Kielbasa with Three Dipping Sauces
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!
This is a version of pigs in a blanket without the blanket. No need to wrap a delicious Polish sausage in dough and bake forever in the oven. You'll simply score it and sear it for about 3 minutes on each side, then serve with a selection of sauces. Serve with toothpicks.
3. Turtle Ritz Cookies
Now, here are the ultimate Ritz cookies! Tonia spent a lot of time perfecting them, and after a few failed attempts came up with the perfect recipe. Go check it out over at The Gunny Sack.
Turtle Ritz Cookies Recipe
24 decadent dessert recipes for when your sweet tooth is insatiable
What should you do when losing weight is the goal but dessert is the most important meal of the day? On myWW+ ™, you can watch the scale go down while still enjoying cookies, cupcakes, ice cream—whatever your sweet tooth desires.
After all, healthy eating is all about striking a balance, whether that means going for the ZeroPoint ™ salad so that you have room in your Budget for a brownie or using Rollovers to enjoy cake at a birthday party. However you choose to fit dessert into your eating plan is up to you. That’s the beauty of a flexible program.
So, while there’s nothing wrong with grabbing a sweet treat from the supermarket or bakery (hey, you’re busy!), there’s something seriously satisfying about mixing up your own dessert from scratch. Think fresh-from-the-oven cookies oozing with melty, gooey chocolate. Is there anything better? Nope, there isn’t.
Suddenly in the mood for something sweet? Well, you’re in for a treat. The 24 recipes below are almost too tasty. The cherry on top? Each recipe has less than five SmartPoints ® per serving. You can thank us later.
Chocolate recipes that are OMG good
Rich, decadent chocolate is always a good idea. Make room in your Budget for one of these mouth-watering dessert recipes.
Dr. Seuss Snacks
I can’t wait to show you the most adorable (and easy) Dr. Seuss Snacks. My favorite Dr. Seuss snacks are these “Green Eggs & Ham” pretzel buttons and our “Green Eggs & Ham” cookies.
One of my favorite Dr. Seuss Snacks is the adorable M&M Pretzel Buttons shared below.
Green Eggs & Ham treats are perfect for kids because they are small enough to fit into their hands, quick enough to make in a few minutes, and adorable enough to take to any party. To be honest, I think any Dr. Seuss food would be cute & fun.
“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Popular beginning reader book by Dr. Seuss.
“Would you like them in a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree?”
As we go through the Dr. Seuss book, our kids are learning new words and seeing new experiences: different places & different friends.
When I read this book, as well as Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, or any of his other books to my students, they were always mesmerized. Plus, there are so many activities, like making these Green Eggs & Ham pretzels, or Dr. Suess Oobleck or this Dr. Suess (non-stick) Fluffy Slime.
You’re Doing It Wrong: Crabby Snacks and Homemades
I wasn’t crazy about Silver Linings Playbook (in part because of its depiction of crazy), and I’m a bit baffled by all the accolades it’s received. Did this disjointed rom-com really deserve Oscar nominations in every acting category? Sure, Jennifer Lawrence would be riveting reading the back of a cereal box, but Bradley Cooper struggled to seem naturalistic, while Robert De Niro played Robert De Niro.
I’m 100 percent behind Jacki Weaver’s nomination for playing Cooper’s long-suffering mother and De Niro’s long-suffering wife, though. Even if the role of the peacemaking matriarch was criminally underwritten, Weaver imbued it with humanity and delivered the film’s most memorable line in impeccable Philadelphian: “I’m making crabby snacks and homemades!”
Crabby snacks and homemades should be at the top of discerning Oscar fans’ party menus this year: Nominees rarely provide such straightforward recipe suggestions, so this is a rare treat that should not be passed up. (Usually we’re left to our own devices, leading to menu items like The Squids Are All Right, the Harvey WALL-E-Banger, and Brie of Life.) But those of us who were not raised in Philly must first make a determination: What are crabby snacks and homemades?
Weaver has forgotten, but the Internet has not. Crabby snacks are, to quote the Matthew Quick novel on which Silver Linings Playbook was adapted, “buttered crabmeat and orange cheese on English muffins.” Homemades are homemade egg pasta. The juxtaposition of these two recipes in Silver Linings Playbook’s script echoes the tonal confusion of the film: Where crabby snacks are lowbrow, convenient, and highly processed, homemades are old-world, labor intensive, and (as the name suggests) made from scratch. Serving them together makes about as much sense as culminating a film about mental illness with a wager on a dance competition made by someone with a gambling problem. And yet here we are.
Crabby snacks sometimes go by other names, like “crab bites,” “crabby bites,” or simply “crabbies.” When I was growing up, they were a staple at my aunt and uncle’s annual holiday party, where they were known as “crab canapés.” That accent aigu made me think they were sophisticated fare, but learning otherwise upon reaching maturity didn’t dampen my enthusiasm for eating them. Making them myself for the first time almost did. The core ingredients of crabby snacks—softened butter, mayonnaise, canned crabmeat, and (crucially) Kraft Old English cheese spread—don’t look particularly appetizing when you dump them all in a bowl together.
Ignore the rubbery consistency of that cylinder of chemically treated cheese, fold the ingredients together vigorously, and soon you will have a pleasantly sherbet-hued paste, which, spread on English muffins and broiled, becomes dazzlingly delicious in the way only high-fat processed food can. Some recipes for crabby snacks call for additions like parsley or garnishes like tomato and scallions, but such natural intruders spoil the unnatural purity of the appetizer. (Save the fresh produce for your Beets of the Southern Wild or Mango Unchained.)
Making pasta from scratch requires another kind of perseverance. First, you must break eggs into a well of flour and beat them without letting them erupt over the sides of the flour like an elementary-school baking-soda volcano. Then you must knead the pasta dough, which is quite a bit stiffer and less pliable than bread dough. It takes a lot of kneading to bring it together into a smooth ball. Don’t despair it will get there eventually.
Finally, you must roll out the pasta dough, another time-consuming—though not necessarily boring—task. A crank-operated or electric pasta machine (or stand-mixer attachment) will easily flatten your dough into ever-thinner sheets and then cut it into even strands in one fell swoop. But you can also roll out pasta dough with a rolling pin and cut it into strips with a chef’s knife, a process that’s surprisingly satisfying.
Crabby snacks and homemades are odd bedfellows, but happily they’re both quite flexible when it comes to timing. Crab-coated English muffins should be frozen for at least half an hour to make them more manageable before you cut them into canapés, but you can keep them in the freezer for even longer than that before you broil them. The pasta dough also needs about half an hour resting time before you roll it out, but after cutting the pasta, you can spread the strands on baking sheets (or twist them into bundles, as in the picture above) and let them dry at room temperature for up to a few hours. The longer you let them dry, the longer they’ll need to cook—but you’re looking at 10 minutes’ boiling time, tops. The flexibility of both recipes will leave you plenty of time to plan and execute the rest of your Oscar menu, including sauce for the homemades—if you don’t go the straight butter-and-Parmesan route, may I suggest vodka sauce or pesto?—as well as your Zero Dark Dirty Martinis and Life of Chocolate Pie.
Crabby Snacks (Crab Canapés)
Yield: 48 canapés
Time: About 1 hour, partially unattended
½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
One 6-ounce can crabmeat, drained
One 5-ounce jar Kraft Old English cheese spread
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
½ teaspoon garlic powder
6 English muffins, halved
1. Put the butter, crabmeat, cheese spread, mayonnaise, and garlic powder in a medium bowl stir to combine. Spread the crab mixture on the English muffin halves. Freeze for 30 minutes.
2. Heat the broiler. Cut each English muffin half into quarters. Transfer the canapés to a baking sheet, and broil until browned and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Homemades (Fresh Egg Pasta)
Yield: 4 servings
Time: About 1½ hours, partially unattended
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt, plus more for boiling the pasta
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1. Combine the flour and salt in a large, flat-bottomed bowl. Form the flour into a mound and form a well in the center of the mound. Crack the eggs into the well. Beat the eggs with a fork, gradually incorporating the flour and being careful not to break the walls of the well. After about ⅓ of the flour is incorporated into the eggs, add the olive oil and ¼ cup water. Continue beating the egg mixture until a dough forms. Knead until all the flour has been incorporated and the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes, adding more water if the dough is too stiff to knead or more flour if the dough is sticky, about 1 tablespoon at a time. Cover the bowl with foil or plastic wrap and let the dough rest for 20 minutes.
2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Meanwhile, cut the dough into 4 equal pieces and roll each piece into a thin rectangle with a pasta machine or rolling pin. Cut each rectangle into thin strips with a pasta machine or, starting from one of the short sides, roll each rectangle up and cut it into thin strips with a knife. Boil the pasta until al dente, 2 to 3 minutes, then drain and serve.
36 Easy After-School Snacks Your Kids Will Devour After a Day of Learning
This list has the perfect mix of salty snacks and sweet treats to satisfy the kids after school.
Summer may have started, but before you know it, the kids will be back to school. In addition worrying how your child will be learning this year (virtual, in-person, or some sort of hybrid) you also have to deal with getting them back on a school year schedule and preparing them for the year ahead. But one thing you no longer have to stress over is after school snack options for the kids. With this roundup of the tastiest and best after school snacks, and even a few sweets, you can cross one more thing off your to-do list before the kids go back to school.
There&rsquos a recipe for every kid: whether they&rsquore in the mood for a sweet snack, like our gummy lobster cookies, or want something savory, like pizza toast. And if you're worried these snacks take hours to prepare, never fear, they don't! Some can be prepared in minutes or can be part of your Sunday meal-prep. So, go ahead and scroll through for some after-school snacks that even the pickiest of eaters will love. They&rsquoll love these recipes so much that they&rsquoll beg you to let their friends come over so they can show off your cooking skills.
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