So, imagine this – there’s a big movie night/game night coming up and you have a group of good friends coming round. You’ve told them that there will be nibbles and drinks. The drinks part is sorted so there’s only one problem – you have absolutely no idea which snacks to serve. You could go for the usual crisps and nuts combo but think – you know what? I might like to try something different.
There’s no need to panic, here are 6 delicious snacks that can be whipped up in no time at all. And the best part is, they hardly cost anything to make at home yourself and they’re pretty healthy (depending on which toppings you choose). So why not give one, two or three of them a go…or even all 6 if you’re feeling extra adventurous!
I love crunchy corn. If you’ve never tried them before then you’re missing out! They’re delicious pops of salty goodness and soooo addictive. Best of all, you only need a few basic ingredients to make them. Check out this yummy recipe from Sweet C’s Designs for both baked and fried versions. Watch out though, once you start eating them, you won’t be able to stop!
Anything crunchy is a yes in my book. And these look so golden and delicious, how could you not want to gobble them all up in one go? Chickpeas or garbanzo beans (as they’re also known) are so good for you. They’re jam packed full of protein, fibre, folate and iron, amongst other things.
Try out this recipe from the Minimalist Baker, they’re baked not fried and you can make them from canned chickpeas – easy peasy!!
If you like kale then you’ll love these kale chips from Oh She Glows. They’re the perfect combination of crispy and chewy and they’re very healthy. I’ve always loved kale but have only really boiled it or cooked it in a stir fry, so this is a great alternative, using it as a tasty snack. I know what I’ll be doing with my next batch of leftover kale!
If you don’t own a salad spinner then don’t worry, you can use a hairdryer on low to make sure the leaves are completely dry before baking to give them that extra crunch.
Best of all? They’re vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free and soy-free, pretty much any kind of free you can think of!
Sweet potato chips
Sweet potatoes are so versatile, you can mash them, boil them, fry them, roast them but have you tried making them into chips?
Check out this recipe from Rachel Cooks. They’re ready in 10 minutes (both to prep and cook) and can be made in the microwave – what’s not to love?! How about using parsnip or carrot instead? Or a combination of all three? A dash of salt and pepper, a bit of olive oil and you’re all set.
Crunchy roasted kidney beans
I had to throw a curveball in here somewhere, but how about trying these crunchy roasted kidney beans? They’re something a little different but they look delicious! With the addition of brown sugar, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and olive oil, these kidney beans will really sing! So give this recipe from Cheap Recipe Blog a go.
Popcorn with a twist
Obviously this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning popcorn. Popcorn is the king of all movie snacks.
Popcorn is so easy and cheap to make, you can either cook it on the stovetop or in the microwave, or you can use a popcorn maker if you like too.
It’s crunchy, low calorie and made of whole grain, not only that but you can add anything you like as a topping. Forget the salt, forget the caramel, how about doing something different with it?
Something hot: Spicy popcorn (Salt, olive oil, cumin, Chili powder and black pepper) – found from Give Recipe
Something spicy: Chili, Lime, tequila popcorn – found from 101 Cookbooks
Something cheesy: Smoky cheddar popcorn – found from Attainable Sustainable
Something tangy: Lemon, Parmesan and black pepper popcorn – found from Cookie and Kate
Something herby: Garlic rosemary popcorn – found from Two Peas and their Pod
Something Gingerbread – Gingerbread Popcorn Seasoning: 1 ½ Tbsp powdered sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground ginger, ¼ tsp ground cloves – found from Live Eat Learn
Something sweet and salty: Honey and sea salt – found from A Side of Sweet
Something syrupy: Golden syrup and brown sugar – found from Charlottes Lively Kitchen
Something chocolatey: cocoa powder, butter and brown sugar- found from The Spruce Eats
Something caramel: Ok, so I couldn’t forget the caramel completely! This one combines brown sugar and butter – found from Taste and Tell (I also found a pecan pie popcorn recipe which looked delicious too).
With all of these delicious snack ideas, you’ll never be stuck for nibbles ever again! So give some of them a try.