20 Homemade Snacks to Ward Off Between-Meal Hunger
Trying to survive between breakfast and lunch (and lunch and dinner) can be a near-impossible feat for many. But rather than turning to your office's supply of free chips and cookies, pack one of these 20 homemade snacks. Munching on these various veggie chips, beef jerky strips, and power bars will keep your belly full and your mind alert, so what are you waiting for?
Kale and Sweet Potato Chips
For a snack that's a little bit sweet and a little bit savory, mix things up with a combination of simply seasoned kale and sweet potato chips.
Smoky and Spicy Almonds
A whole slew of spices are used to create the hot, smoky flavor of these roasted almonds.
Black-Pepper-Crusted Beef Jerky
Though it sounds daunting, you can easily bake up a batch of beef jerky at home. This particular version is drenched in beer and coated with black pepper.
Strawberry Fruit Leather
Revisit childhood memories of Fruit Roll-Ups with a homemade version: strawberry fruit leather.
Cheesy Kale Chips
Vegan food skeptics, step aside. These cheesy kale chips contain no actual cheese (or dairy for that matter) yet possess that same umami twang and addictive nature of a cheese-laden chip. They even passed muster (and then some) with our office's most vehement cheese-substitute haters.
DIY Dried Cantaloupe
Though it sounds strange, dried cantaloupe slices are just as deliciously sweet as mango.
Filet Mignon Beef Jerky
Though it sounds totally absurd, filet mignon beef jerky just might be the most snackable thing out there. The tender cut yields melt-in-your-mouth jerky.
Did you know you can bake chickpeas into crunchy morsels? Season this batch of chickpeas with za'atar, cumin, and cayenne for a spicy finish.
Spicy Miso Kale Chips
Spice things up with a batch of these crisps, which are topped off with shichimi togarashi, a readily available Japanese seven-spice blend. Equal parts tangy and savory from dressing made of miso and rice wine vinegar, they'll go fast.
Perfect for camping, hiking, or outdoor activities, cashew-fig bars are almost like cookies . . . almost!
What's the trick to getting spices to stick on nuts? For za'atar-spiced almonds, frothy egg whites act as the binder.
Homemade Cinnamon Apple Chips
Bags of apple chips can cost pretty pennies, so why not attempt to "dehydrate" cinnamon apple chips with a standard oven at home?
Honey-Roasted Cinnamon Chickpeas
Roasted chickpeas don't have to be savory. This batch is coated in honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Maple Bacon Kale Chips
Both naughty and nice, maple bacon kale chips are bound to convert even the most stalwart carnivores in your life with their smoky-sweet one-two punch.
DIY Dried Mango
No sugar is necessary when making homemade dried mango. The technique couldn't be simpler, and the recipe only calls for one ingredient — the fruit itself!
Rosemary-sesame pecans are salty and sweet, thanks to a generous coating of demerara sugar and kosher salt.
Combine salted popcorn, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows for a s'mores popcorn treat to be enjoyed on the go.
Cheddar Phyllo Crackers
Here's an inventive cheesy snack that doesn't require refrigeration: cheddar phyllo crackers.