14 Tasty Snacks You Can Make Using 3 Ingredients
When you need something quick but more exciting than a banana, whip together one of these snacks that nutritionists, chefs, and food bloggers love.
A twist on the universal favorite, this recipe is super easy and tastes so yummy, says Claudia Sidoti, head chef at Hello Fresh.
- Any nut or seed butter
- Toppings, such as raisins, blueberries, coconut flakes, or granola
Core and thinly slice the apple before letting your little sous chefs slather, top, and sprinkle to their hearts’ content.
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Courtesy Larisha campbell, wereparents.com
There’s zero need for bread with this turkey, apple, and cheese sandwich, a gluten-free snack created by Larisha Campbell of wereparents.com.
- Sliced turkey
- Sliced cheese, such as cheddar or Swiss
Core and thinly slice an apple width-wise, then layer on turkey slices and cheese, and top with another apple slice. Enjoy! Stock up on these 19 nutritionist-approved snacks nutritionists eat in the car.
“When it comes to trail mix, there’s no right or wrong way to compose your own nutty, seedy, and slightly sweet blend,” Sidoti says. Use this recipe as a starting point.
- ¾ cup each of your choice of nuts and seeds (try almonds and sunflower seeds, or walnuts and pumpkin seeds)
- ¾ cup of dried fruit, such as dried cranberries, cherries, or raisins
- ½ cup each sweet ingredients, like coconut flakes and dark chocolate chunks
Dump all the ingredients in a bowl, toss, then let the snacking begin!
Lara bars are basically just nuts and dates, says Sarah Cook who runs the blog sustainablecooks.com. For this homemade version, feel free to mix and match add-ons such as cocoa powder, unsweetened shredded coconut, and vanilla extract.
- 1 cup nuts cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, or a mixture
- 15 to 18 dates, pitted
- Optional: 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla and/or unsweetened shredded coconut
Pulse nuts in a food processor until they are in small pieces. Some larger pieces will remain, and some of the pieces will be very small. Add the pitted dates, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Process until the mixture comes together in one large ball. Depending on the size of the dates, you may need to add a few more to get the mixture to come together.
Pinch off a small bit of mixture and roll it into a ball about the size of a small ping-pong ball. If desired, roll the ball in unsweetened shredded coconut. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to three weeks. Try these other 10 easy energy balls that are downright addictive.
Peanut butter and banana cookies
With natural sweetness from the bananas and a punch of protein from the nut butter, this healthy snack goes the extra mile to keep hunger at bay, making it a perfect treat to snack on when you hit an afternoon slump, Sidoti says.
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 cups instant oats
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mash bananas in a bowl with a fork. Add oats and peanut butter, and mix well. Drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press down gently with a fork. Bake until cookies are slightly browned and firm, about 15 minutes.
courtesy Rebecca Elbaum MPH, RD, CDN, CDE
If you’re a fan of cooked fruit, this baked pear dish is easy—and tasty, says Rebecca Elbaum, RD, a dietitian in New York City.
- 1 pear
- ½ cup yogurt
- Favorite topping, like granola or nuts
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Cut pear in half and scoop out the seeds. Bake pear for ten to fifteen minutes. Fill hole with yogurt and add toppings.
One taste of these and you will never snack on commercial corn chips again, Sidoti says.
- 5 medium beets, peeled
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Sea salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350ºF and line two to three (depending on size) baking sheets with parchment paper. Use a mandoline to thinly slice beets. Toss with olive oil and arrange slices in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake until crisp, about 30 minutes. Let cool, then sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Try these 11 other homemade chips that will break your Lay’s addiction.
Tropical nut slices
courtesy Larisha Campbell, wereparents.com
With these banana, coconut, and peanut butter bites, you’ll get a little sweet and a little protein, too, says Campbell.
- Sliced banana
- Coconut flakes
- Peanut butter
Spread peanut butter on top of banana slices and sprinkle with coconut flakes. Eat right away, or freeze for 15 to 20 minutes before digging in.
courtesy California Health & Longevity Institute
Whip up this mango smoothie created by Paulette Lambert, the director of nutrition at the California Health & Longevity Institute, and you’ll be the most popular person in your family.
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup nonfat organic Greek yogurt
- ½ cup reduced fat milk
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour mixture into a tall glass and enjoy! Check out these other healthy smoothie recipes.
Blueberry yogurt bites
You’ll love this little new way to make fro-yo, so be warned: It’s going to be tough to share these frozen blueberry bites, Sidoti says.
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Optional: Seeds of 1 vanilla bean
In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, honey, and vanilla bean seeds. Pierce each blueberry with a toothpick, dip it into the yogurt, and swirl it around to thoroughly coat. Gently place the berries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 45 minutes or until berries are completely frozen, then try your best to share!
courtesy Jennifer Kanikula, thesofulltraveler.com
For a healthy alternative to your typical chip or cracker snack, there’s baked chickpeas, which are so easy to make, you’ll want to have these on-hand all the time, says dietitian Jennifer Kanikula, RD, who writes the food and travel blog thesofulltraveler.com.
- 1 can chickpeas
- Olive oil
- Seasoning (e.g. salt, cayenne pepper, or chili powder) to taste
Preheat oven to 450ºF. Rinse chickpeas, drizzle with olive oil, then toss with your favorite seasonings. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake until crispy (about 30 to 40 minutes).
Fun fruit on a stick
courtesy Laura Burak
Fruit always tastes better in kebab form. This recipe is a quick and easy way to make a healthy snack. Add dips and you have a family favorite in the making, says Laura Burak, RD, a nutritionist based in Roslyn, New York.
- Strawberries, mango, or grapes
- Greek yogurt with cinnamon
Cut up fruit, then layer onto skewers in a repeating pattern. Serve with fun dips, such as Nutella or Greek yogurt with cinnamon.
Nutty butter dip
Courtesy Katrina trisko
This dip is super simple to make, and between the Greek yogurt’s protein and the nut butter’s healthy unsaturated fats, it’s the perfect snack to keep handy for after-school munching, says Katrina Trisko, RD, founder of Fueling to Thrive.
- 1 tablespoon nut butter (peanut, almond, or cashew)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ¼ cup plain yogurt
Mix nut butter, honey, and yogurt together for a healthy, yummy dip. Pair with apple slices or other fruit you love. Find out the healthy snacks you should always keep in your desk drawer.
Cinnamon sweet popcorn
No matter how you pop it, popcorn is one of the easiest and tastiest snacks. This cinnamon-sugar riff on a kid favorite is sure to please, says Sidoti.
- 10 cups popped popcorn
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 7 teaspoons cinnamon sugar (1 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons sugar)
In a large bowl, toss popcorn with butter. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture over popcorn, then toss to coat. Next, try these 17 on-the-go snacks nutritionists keep in their bags.