A homemade edible gift is always a thoughtful gesture, whether it's destined for a spot under the Christmas tree or to be toted along to a party as a hostess gift, but it's no secret that most take a fair amount of time and foresight to prepare. Still, that's no reason to abandon the idea entirely. If you're pressed for time, turn to this fast yet festive fix: za'atar spiced nuts. Not only are they a nice reprieve from the onslaught of holiday sweets and decadent treats, but they also can be made (cooling included) in only about an hour, so you can get on with the festivities at hand. Get the easy recipe.
Enjoy the aroma of apple pie baking in your oven without the floury mess or the hundreds of buttery calories by whipping up a batch of homemade apple cinnamon fruit leather.
This might be one of the easiest snacks you'll ever make, and aside from saving calories, you'll also save money since a fruit leather costs around $0.50 to $0.75 — these are only $0.19 per serving.
Few people have a mandoline and even fewer have a dehydrator, but both of those pieces of equipment are not absolutely necessary to make apple chips.
Dipping the apples in lemon juice enhances the flavor and helps prevent the apple chips from completely oxidizing.
Before baking, sprinkle cinnamon or other spices of your choice atop the apples. As the apples cook, your kitchen will smell like apple pie is baking.
The dehydrated apple chips are an easy edible gift for those who err on the side of healthy but crave a seasonal snack.
For an addictive, crowd-pleasing snack that takes next to no time to master, turn to sweet and salty spiced nuts. Our wholesome, warming recipe for rosemary and sesame seed pecans is not only versatile, but also guaranteed to leave your house smelling like fragrant rosemary and pine. We love serving this cozy snack straight out of the oven, and it also doubles as a thoughtful hostess gift. Print out the recipe, and then watch the video to see more.
Looking for a seasonal, high-fiber, and low-calorie salty snack? It's time to whip up a batch of crispy veggie chips made from roasted brussels sprouts. In less than 10 minutes, you'll be snacking on a vitamin-rich recipe you'll want to grab by the handful.
These chips are a great way to make use of leftover sprouts in your crisper, and since they're Paleo-friendly, gluten-free, and vegan, they can easily serve as a quick, clean appetizer when you have impromptu guests with dietary restrictions. Keep reading to learn how to make this easy 50-calorie snack.
Bust breakfast boredom with this satisfying snack: ricotta honey toast. Extremely simple to make — it only requires three ingredients and a few minutes of your time — it's a perfect solution if you find yourself skipping breakfast from lack of time or enthusiasm. Go the sweet and simple route, as described in the recipe, or brighten and heighten flavors with a pinch of orange or lemon zest mixed into the ricotta. Is savory more your thing? Add edge with a few cracks of pepper. Or top it with berries (smashed or sliced) for a fruity kick. Intrigued? Get the recipe.
One of the highlights of Halloween is the chance to carve pumpkins, and while the faces carved each year may change, what remains constant is the tasty snack enjoyed during and after the ritual: roasted pumpkin seeds! Serving up pepitas, as they're called in Spanish, is an incredibly easy process. All you need are the pumpkin seeds, an oven, and a cookie sheet. Keep reading to see how you do it.
Meet my current go-to snack, breakfast, and late-night treat: maple-ginger almond butter. Slathered on toast (as here), used as a dip for tart apple slices (pink lady are my favorite), or — let's be real — savored with a spoon, this spicy-salty-sweet spread satisfies. One bite of this upgraded almond butter and you'll be as hooked as I am. Luckily, it only takes a few minutes to make, so what are you waiting for?
Green smoothies are all the rage, but does the green color and flavor bum you out? Superfood expert Julie Morris knows that not everyone appreciates their morning blend to look like pureed vegetables, so she developed a "green" cherry vanilla smoothie that's not actually green.
Williams-Sonoma just picked up her latest cookbook release, Superfood Smoothies: 100 Delicious, Energizing, and Nutrient-Dense Recipes ($17). Julie says it's a sign of the times (and the growing green drink trend) that a store known for its pastry supplies would want to feature a book on superfood-packed smoothies; people love treats like cupcakes but want to find easy, fast, and palatable ways to eat more fruits and veggies. Her cookbook covers tons of enticing smoothie recipes (chocolate chip cookie dough, for instance), but the catch is that all the ingredients are superfoods (aka nutrient-dense foods).
When demoing the cherry vanilla smoothie, Julie shared some tips on smoothie-making technique. Always put the densest fruit first, in this case the frozen cherries. Follow it with lighter greens, almond butter (so it doesn't stick to the blades or the sides of the blender container), and coconut water. Lastly, prevent any powders, in this instance wheatgrass, from sticking to the sides by adding them in last.
This green smoothie truly tastes like a cherry vanilla shake, and yet it contains a salad's worth of the good green stuff. Keep reading for the recipe.
Classic hummus has its place, but this variation takes advantage of Fall and Winter's bountiful squash harvest. This creamy, slightly sweet dip is reminiscent of the chickpea variety, but its comforting flavors are perfect for cooler weather. And, since it's high in vitamin A from the squash and healthy fats from the tahini and olive oil, it's a healthy dip addition to any tailgating party.