Are you looking for some frugal healthy snacks you can make from scratch? I love going to the pantry to grab some ingredients and getting a large bowl to make some of my frugal healthy snacks! For some reason, I am a snacker, or maybe a grazer. You know, when you eat small amounts of food several times a day. I write, research and grab a glass of water and a snack most of the day. When you sit at the computer as much as I do, you get hungry. Well, maybe it isn’t hungry but you feel like munching on something. I like to have a few good snacks to grab that I make myself. Of course, I could say I only eat carrots or celery when I write. Nope, I like those snacks, but I really like a little smidge of something sweet.
When I think of making snacks, I usually think oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. These are my go-to ingredients because they are in the pantry ready to make my creations.
Frugal Healthy Snacks
Kendra’s Granola Bars
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup honey
- 1-1/2 cups almond butter
- 1 cup coconut shredded
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup peanuts
- 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup coconut oil melted
- 2 tablespoons chia
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 3 cups regular oats
- 3 cups puffed brown rice
Place all the ingredients in a large bowl including the melted coconut oil (except the butter, brown sugar and honey). Blend the mixture. Place the butter, brown sugar and honey in a medium pan and bring to a boil. Stir constantly. Boil for about 3-5 minutes over medium heat. Next, immediately pour the mixture over the ingredients and stir until completely moistened. Scoop the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and cool in the refrigerator for about 30-40 minutes. Cut and wrap in desired bar sizes. These can be frozen as well.
Linda’s Cayenne Pepper Spicy Nuts
- 2 cups pecans shelled
- 2 cups sliced almonds
- 2 cups walnuts shelled
- 1/2 cup Agave
- 1-1/4 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
- dash of Real Salt
Combine the nuts in a medium-sized bowl. Combine the Agave, Cayenne Pepper and Real Salt in a small bowl. Stir the liquid until blended and pour over the nuts. Stir the nuts into the liquid until covered. Place the mixture on a foil covered greased cookie sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes. Stir the nuts halfway through the cooking period. Let cool and enjoy! These are great for salads or snacks.
My Hummus Recipe-Frugal Healthy Snacks
- 2 cups or more cooked chickpeas Garbanzo beans, drained (the more you add the thicker the hummus becomes)
- 2 cloves garlic minced or just throw in food processor whole (peeled)
- 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice or lime juice
- 6 tablespoons tahini-sesame seeds in oil - You can find this at your local grocery store Please do not scrimp on the Tahini/Tahina.
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup water amount of water determines texture - thick or thin
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or cilantro my favorite
Place all of the above ingredients in a food processor with 1/2 cup of the water. Blend until just combined. Add additional water until you reach the consistency you like. If too runny...add more beans. If too thick....add a little water.
Please note I used a blender, but you can use a hand potato masher, a mixer, a Ninja, Magic Bullet, food processor, etc. Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator. Serve with pita chips or other chips of your choice. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh parsley or cilantro. I love anything that looks like a dip, just giving you the heads up here!
Suggested items to add to your homemade hummus: 1. pine nuts 2. cooked red bell peppers 3. sun-dried tomatoes 4. jalapenos 5. avocado 6. Tabasco sauce 7. basil 8. hot bacon, crumbled 9. chipotle with limes 10. artichokes 11. smoked paprika 12. minced spinach 13. dried red pepper flakes (gives a little kick)
Lyn’s Gluten Free Granola-Frugal Healthy Snacks
- 1 Cup Almonds
- 1 Cup Pecans
- 1 Cup Mixed Nuts Cashews, Brazil, Almonds, and Pecans
- 1 Cup raw sunflower seeds
- 2 Cups unsweetened shredded organic coconut
- 1/4 Cup honey
- 1/3 Cup melted virgin coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
Blend all dry ingredients. Blend all the wet ingredients then mix them together. Spread the mixture onto parchment-lined cookie sheets and bake at 300 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. Don’t allow to get too brown. Store, serve, enjoy! This snack is so addicting and delicious!
Cocoa-Chia Energy Balls-Frugal Healthy Snacks
- 1-1/2 cups pitted dates
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup organic chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup almond butter
- Oat flour for dusting
Place the pitted dates in a processor bowl and push the processor pulse button until the dates are chopped into fine pieces. Add the rest of the ingredients into the processor gradually. Make 1-1/2 inch balls with the "dough" and roll in oat flour. Chill and enjoy!
Kendra’s Almond Honey Balls-Frugal Healthy Snacks
- 1-3/4 cup oats blended with flour
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 1 cup almond butter
- chocolate chips nuts, raisins (optional)
Mix well and roll into bite-size balls and refrigerate. You can add as much or as little of the chocolate chips, nuts or raisins you desire.
Quick Chocolate Cookies-Frugal Healthy Snacks
- 1-12 ounce pkg. butterscotch chips
- 1-12 ounce pkg. chocolate chips
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 5 cups Rice Krispies
- 4 cups Spanish peanuts
Melt the chips and peanut butter together and add the Rice Krispies and Spanish peanuts. Pat the mixture into a greased 9-inch by 13-inch cake pan. Cut into squares.
*****As you can see, most of these frugal healthy snacks use ingredients that we have in our pantry! Woohoo! These are great recipes we can make after a disaster by using our food storage. Let me know what food storage or emergency preps you are working on this month. You can be prepared for the unexpected, I promise. My motto is one can at a time…..May God bless you in your efforts to do what is right for your family.