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18 Easy Make-at-Home Snacks That Beat Anything from the Store

Hand Dipping a Plantain Chip in a Bowl of Guacamole, and in the Background, a Large Bowl Filled With Plantain Chips
Simply Recipes / Shilpa Iyer

Easy snacks are in high demand at my house. A quick, homemade snack in the afternoon helps me keep my energy up until the end of the work day. I also have two teen boys that are constantly looking for something to satisfy their hunger until the next meal.

Often the snacks that get eaten are the ones that are the easiest to eat on the go and require zero effort when hunger strikes. I do my best to have homemade options available for these moments. They taste better, use up ingredients that I already have, and tend to be more satisfying than store-bought options.

Luckily, making snacks is easy! The recipes below can all be made ahead of time. Some of them need to be refrigerated. A lot of my family’s snacking happens at home so this works well for us. But don’t let a little refrigeration stop you from making these snacks. Stock up on storage containers and bring along an ice pack. You’ll be glad you did.

Sweet and Salty Three-Seed Granola

Granola in spoon.
Simply Recipes / Shilpa Uskokovic

Whenever I have big cluster granola in my house, I find my hand inexplicably reaching for just one more. This sweet and salty version uses sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame seeds but you could use poppy, flax, or hemp seeds instead.

Plantain Chips

Large Bowl of Plantain Chips
Simply Recipes / Shilpa Iyer

Crispy baked plantain chips are the snack hero we all need. Cut firm green plantains ultra thin and bake the chips directly on a baking sheet until crispy. These will last up to 3 days in an airtight container.

Pea Pesto

Table Knife With a Bit of Pea Pesto Rested on Top of a Bowl of Pea Pesto Surrounded by Slices of Toasted Bread on the Counter (Some Pieces of Bread Is Smeared With Pea Pesto) and a Blue and White Stripped Kitchen Towel
Simply Recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

For the times when I’m out of fresh ingredients and still want a vegetable snack, I turn to pea pesto. It uses a bag of frozen peas and is ready in less than an hour. Serve with crusty bread or crackers.

Perfect Popcorn

A large heaping bowl of flavored popcorn recipe.
Simply Recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

When I’m short on time but need an irresistible snack, I turn to popcorn. It takes all of 5 minutes to make a mountain of popcorn that can be seasoned simply with a little salt or bolder with curry powder.

Homemade Veggie Dip

Platter of Vegetables with a Bowl of Veggie Dip
Simply Recipes / Lori Rice

Adding a creamy, herby dip to a platter of veggies is an easy way to get everyone eating their veggies. Plus, it can be made ahead of time. This recipe makes 2 cups of dip and will last 3 days in an airtight container.

Homemade Granola Bars

Side view of Chewy Granola Bars.
Kalisa Marie Martin

Granola bars fly off my pantry shelves. This recipe makes a 9×9-inch pan, which gives you the flexibility to cut them into smaller squares or larger rectangles. The combination of dried fruit and nuts is as satisfying as it is adaptable to your preferences.

Soy Sauce Eggs

Soy Sauce Eggs in Bowl with an Egg Cut in Half
Alison Bickel / Simply Recipes

Hard boiled eggs are an easy, versatile snack but if you’re looking for a more flavorful version, try these soy sauce-marinated steamed eggs. Allow 4 to 24 hours to marinate and then store up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Muhammara (Red Pepper and Walnut Dip)

Muhammara in a bowl with vegetables behind it.
Alison Bickel

This striking dip is made with jarred roasted red bell peppers and walnuts. It takes a total of 10 minutes to pull together and you can use leftovers as a sandwich spread for tomorrow’s lunch.

Fermented Pickles

Fermented Pickles on a Small Plate
Simply Recipes / Melanie Tienter

I love snacking on pickles. They are so satisfying and flavorful, especially briny pickles that I made myself. I’ll let the professionals can their pickles, but I’ll stick to this refrigerator version.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Leela Cyd Ross

You had me at chocolate chip. These tasty little balls are whirled in a food processor, rolled into balls, and then coated in a combination of chopped almonds and powdered sugar. You can substitute the peanut butter for your favorite nut or seed butter if you’d like.

Broccoli Cheddar Egg Bites

Plate of Cheddar Egg Bites
Simply Recipes / Elise Bauer

Broccoli and cheddar is a winning combination but not the easiest to have ready for a snack. Cue these broccoli cheddar egg bites. Save a little time by steaming the broccoli in the microwave and feel free to skip the lemon zest if lemon isn’t your favorite flavor.

Almond Butter Date Balls

Date almond butter coconut balls
Alison Conklin

These almond butter date balls fall into the more decadent category of snacks, which is exactly what I need when I’m in a hurry and need a snack before heading out the door. Coat the no-bake balls in cocoa powder or shredded coconut to keep them from sticking together.

Berries and Banana Fruit Salad

Berries and Banana Fruit Salad
Elise Bauer

Juicy and sweet, fresh fruit makes a great snack. This fruit salad is delicious right after mixing it together or it can be refrigerated before eating. Scoop it into a bowl along with yogurt for a satisfying snack.

Edamame Avocado Dip

avocado and Edamame Dip
Elise Bauer

Avocados can do more than guacamole. Pair it with fresh or frozen edamame for a hearty dip. Spread it on rice crackers or dip toasted pita bread into it.

Chipotle-Lime Mixed Nuts

Chipotle Lime Mixed Nuts
Elise Bauer

Pack a bag of mixed nuts to nibble on when your energy wanes in the afternoon. These are coated with lime zest, chipotle powder, and brown sugar. Egg white holds the seasoning in place and then they are baked until lightly brown.

Candy Bar Dates

Candy Bar Dates Topped with Flaky Salt
Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

These luscious date confections have no added sugar (outside of what’s in the dark chocolate you dip them in). We have three candy bar-inspired variations so you can make Snickers, Almond Joy, or or other takes on this treat that’ll scratch your sweet tooth itch.

Easy Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo)

Easy Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo)
Simply Recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

Make the batter for this gluten-free Brazilian staple in a blender and bake in mini-muffin pans. You can freeze them for up to 1 month and warm in the microwave quickly for easy snacking.

Sheet Pan Granola Bark

Stack of Sheet Pan Granola Bark
Simply Recipes / Ciara Kehoe

If you go for the clusters in your granola, this granola bark recipe is exactly what you want. It’s a hybrid of granola bars and free-form granola, and somehow easier to make than either.

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