There are many reasons to go out and enjoy food with your friends, birthdays, graduations, and holidays, but we’ll be focusing on the best reason: when you have a craving for something delicious. There’s nothing better than coming home from work and making a snack that satisfies your taste buds. Check out these easy-to-prepare snacks that you can make in your kitchen!
Popcorn is a versatile snack that can be made in a variety of ways to suit your taste. You can make it sweet or savory, depending on your preferences.
To make popcorn, you will need the following:
- 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- Salt (optional)
- Butter or margarine (optional)
Put the popcorn kernels and vegetable oil in a large pot or kettle. Cover the pot with a lid and place it over medium heat. Shake the pot occasionally to keep the kernels from burning. Once the popping starts to slow down, remove the pot from the heat and pour the popcorn into a bowl. Season with salt and butter or margarine, if desired.
Vegetable Crudites with Ranch Dip
With just vegetables, crudites are one of the easiest snacks to assemble. Wash and slice your vegetables of choice (carrots, celery, cucumber, and bell peppers are all great options), then arrange them on a plate with a dipping sauce. Try ranch dip made with vegan mayo, almond milk, and dried herbs for a vegan option.
Banana and Nutella Snack Muffins
Banana and Nutella are two of the most popular flavors in the world, so it’s no surprise that they go so well together. These Banana and Nutella Snack Muffins are the perfect easy snack for craving something sweet.
These muffins are soft and fluffy, with a banana flavor that is not too overpowering. The Nutella swirls through the muffins and adds just the right amount of sweetness, making them irresistible.
To make these Banana and Nutella Snack Muffins, you will need:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 large bananas)
- 1/4 cup Nutella
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 12 standard muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk together baking soda, flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium-sized bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy at medium speed.
Beat in eggs one at a time until combined. Beat in vanilla extract. Add mashed bananas to the butter mixture; mix just until combined. Do not overmix. Fill each prepared muffin cup with three-quarters full of batter.
Spoon 1 teaspoon of Nutella over the top of each muffin. Using a knife, swirl Nutella into the batter. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. You will know that the muffin is cooked when you insert a toothpick at the center and it comes out clean. Remove muffins from pan; let cool completely on a wire rack.
If you’re looking for a healthy and easy snack to make at home, granola bars are a great option! You can customize them to your liking with different nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and more. Plus, they’re perfect for on-the-go snacking. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started:
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup nut butter
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts or seeds
- 1/4 cup dried fruit (raisins or cranberries)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, nut butter, honey or maple syrup, and vanilla extract until well combined.
- Stir in the chopped nuts or seeds and dried fruit until evenly distributed.
- Press the mixture into an 8×8-inch baking dish lined with parchment paper. Make sure the mixture is evenly packed down.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.
Fruit cups are an excellent snack for kids and adults alike. They’re easy to make, and you can use whatever fruits you have on hand. Wash and slice your fruit of choice, and then layer it in a cup or bowl. For a little extra sweetness, add a drizzle of honey or agave nectar. You can also top your fruit cup with a dollop of yogurt, granola, or nuts for extra flavor and texture.
Have Some Fun in the Kitchen With These Easy-to-Prepare Snacks
Regarding snacks, we often think of unhealthy options like chips or candy. However, there are plenty of healthy snacks that you can make in your kitchen with just a few simple ingredients. There are more recipes that you can learn. These are just a few healthy snack ideas to get you started.