Recipe of the Week – 3 Easy Snacks
Do you guys have that one friend who always wants a bite of whatever you’re eating? Or who always wants you to order a different meal then them so you can share? Surprise! I’m that friend. I think that’s why I like snacks so much – you never have to choose just one thing to eat! In an effort to not snack on only potato chips and popcorn, here are three easy snacks I’ve been making every week to keep in my cupboards!
One. Roasted Chili Lime Chickpeas
This recipe is really easy, as long as you remember you soak your beans! After that, it just mixing and baking. I’m also curious about using other spices – I think chickpeas could be a blank canvas for whatever you like!
- 1 cup dry chickpeas
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp Chili powder (I only had Cayenne pepper so I only less than a teaspoon)
- 1Tbsp Lime juice
- 1 Tbsp Lime zest
First, I soaked the chickpeas according to the directions on the bag, which was pretty much overnight. Then, I mixed everything in a bowl and made sure the chickpeas were evenly coated.
Once everything was mixed, I put a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet (less mess!) and spread the chick peas in an even layer on the pan.
Then, bake for about 40 minutes! I stirred them around on the pan once during the 40 minutes, to avoid any potential burning.
Once the chickpeas were cooled slightly, I store them in an airtight container for easy grabbing and snacking!
Two. Kale Chips
I know, I know kale chips. But seriously this recipe is so good! Plus, kale gets crispy and crunchy when you bake it, not soggy.
- 10 ounces (1 bag) Kale, washed, stems removed, and chopped
- 2 Tbsp Avocado oil
- 1/4 cup Cashews
- 2 Tbsp Sunflower seeds
- 5-6 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
First, I massaged the kale pieces with the oil – this helps soften the leaves so they aren’t so tough! I do this when I make Kale salads as well. Then, I used my food processor to mix up the nuts, nutritional yeast, and spices. I poured the mixture over the kale and made sure each piece was thoroughly coated.
Next, the kale chips bake for about 10 minutes in an even layer on a cookie sheet. I ended up having to use two sheets – turns out if you crowd your vegetables when you bake them, they steam instead of roast! I learned that the hard way a couple times.
These bake fast so make sure you keep an eye on them! This recipe claims that the kale chips taste cheesy, but I love regular cheese so much that I don’t think I could make that claim. They are flavorful and delicious and I never feel bad when I eat the whole bag in 2 days.
Three. Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
As much I would prefer salty snacks over sweet snacks, I always like having a little something sweet in my freezer for when I actually do want something sweet. I discovered this recipe on BuzzFeed (seriously, they have some great recipes) and was happy to learn that I already had all the ingredients on hand, plus it was the easiest recipe ever.
- 1 Cup Nut Butter (I used almond)
- 1 Cup Almond Flour
- 1/3 Cup Honey
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
First, mix everything together!
Then, I used a tablespoon to form balls onto a cookie sheet and let everything chill in the refrigerator for a couple hours.
Next, I covered the peanut butter balls in melted chocolate and let them sit in the freezer until the chocolate was hard.
What are your favorite go to snacks? With football season in full swing, it’s great to have some healthy options whenever you are tailgating or at a friends house – even if you’re the only one eating them!