When you’re hit by a case of the munchies between meals, a snack is often the cure. But, prepackaged, processed snacks cost a lot of money.
Here are five simple snack recipes you can create from basic pantry ingredients. Give them a try; they’re an amazing way to curb your appetite until the next meal rolls around. You’ll also save yourself some money.
Granola is a versatile snack. It’s great for:
- Eating plain
- Pouring milk over like cereal
- Sprinkling over yogurt
- Sprinkling over ice cream
It’s also simple to make. This recipe doesn’t even call for the oven. You’ll just need a couple of simple ingredients and your stovetop.
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup butter
Melt the butter in a pot on the stove. Once it’s melted, remove pot from heat.
Stir in brown sugar until dissolved.
Stir in oats, ensuring they’re all coated.
Let sit for about an hour to dry out.
Your granola is now ready for eating. You can store leftovers in an air-tight container for about a week.
Microwave Potato Chips
Skip the deep fryer, and use the microwave to cook yourself a batch of crispy potato chips.
- 1 T melted butter
- 1 potato, peeled
- ½ tsp. salt
Use a mandolin or a sharp knife to slice your potato as thinly as possible.
Pour the melted butter into a Ziploc bag. Add the potato slices and gently shake the bag until all the slices are coated.
Place a single layer of your coated slices on a microwave safe plate.
Cook in the microwave for 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. The browning is essential for crispy chips, but they can quickly burn if you don’t watch them. Time varies depending on your individual microwave.
Remove chips and toss with salt. Repeat with your remaining chips if necessary.
3 Ingredient Crackers
Did you know that homemade crackers are possible with only three ingredients? If you’re short on cash but craving some crackers to go with your cheese, whip up a batch.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup water, plus 2-3 T more as needed
- ½ tsp salt and additional salt for topping
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a bowl, combine flour, ½ tsp salt, and 1/3 cup water, ensuring that the flour is all incorporated. You may need to add a bit more water. Do this slowly, a tablespoon at a time. You want to create a stiff dough.
Lightly flour a 10×15 cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet on a kitchen towel to keep it from moving around while you roll your dough.
Use a rolling pin and roll the dough directly on the cookie sheet. You want to roll it all the way to the edges. Rotate your dough as needed.
Use a pizza cutter to score the dough into the sized cracker you want.
Prick each cracker with a fork several times. These holes will allow the steam to escape and help your crackers get crispy.
Sprinkle the top with salt to taste.
Bake in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes. Pull them out when they’re lightly browned.
Remove from oven and eat immediately. Store any leftovers in an air-tight container.
These crackers are even simpler. They only need one ingredient.
Cheddar cheese (as much as desired)
Thinly slice the cheese.
Cut each slice into cracker sized pieces.
Place pieces on a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
Place under the broiler until crispy. Watch carefully to avoid burning—it only takes a couple of minutes!
Ants on a Log
These quick snacks don’t even require cooking. They’re simple to put together.
3 stalks of celery, washed
3 Tablespoons peanut butter
¼ cup raisins
Spread the peanut butter into each stalk of celery.
Top with raisins.