Snacks to Make You Smile: Ultimate Recipe Swap

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Ultimate Recipe Swap

We love to snack at our house. It’s not only a great pick-me-up in between meals, but it’s also fun to sit around the table, talking, laughing, and munching.

Our favorite snacks range from the super healthy to the super not. But, they’re fun to share no matter where they land on the spectrum. If we’re having a junky snack, I just call it dessert.

I’ve realized that if I have snacks on hand, we will eat them. Go figure. And if I make some homemade snacks, I can better control exactly what we’ll be eating. So, I decided that the best course of action would be to make a boatload of snacky foods and freeze them.

Here are some recipes that I’ll be whipping up for this month’s freezer cooking days:

How about you? What are your favorite snacks?

1. Post your recipe on your blog. Please mention in your post. Then, come back here to add your link to Mr. Linky below. (Instructions for Mr. Linky are available.)

2. If you don’t have a blog, simply tell us about your recipe in the comments section.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. Chelsea Porter says:

    Ooh, those cheddar coins sound tasty! Please post your revision of that recipe when you get a chance, I’d love to see what you’ve done with it. πŸ™‚

  2. I saved the Cheddar Cheese Coin recipe. They look good. I plan on trying them soon. Thanks!

  3. We love making homemade granola bars — and usually have them on hand each week. Our favorite right now are dark chocolate and cherry granola bars.

  4. Yum! Is the picture of the Granola Bars? They look really good!
    Thanks so much for hosting!

  5. The bars are delicious!! I love to make pancakes when there are a lot of people over. The kids will have slumber parties and I’ll get both pans out and make massive amounts of pancakes!!! They love it and it’s fun! They like to make it a race to see whos faster, them eating or me making. They always win!

  6. All these yummy links are making me very, very hungry! Thanks for hosting the Ultimate Recipe Swap. I’ve linked up my favourite banana bread recipe which makes a fabulous snack as either a loaf cake or as muffins.

  7. Those snack bars look great. Thanks for hosting the blog carnival. This week I am sharing a delicious salad recipe. It’s perfect for using up all those end-of-summer vegetables.

  8. Somehow I can’t get to the recipe for the granola bars?

  9. Great carnival idea! I linked up with a recent post about lunchbox snack ideas. If I get my act together and make a new snack today, AND blog about it, maybe I’ll post another:)

  10. Could you provide information on the best way to package the granola bars for freezing? Do you thaw them in the fridge?

  11. WOW! Those homemade granola bars look scrumptious. I will be making these soon!!

  12. Can we get the recipe for the granola bars? I can’t seem to link to the actual recipe.

  13. Yummo:-)

  14. Yummo:-)

  15. Our favorite snacks are:

    Hummus & Pita chips
    1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained
    2 Tblsp. Tahini (sesame seed paste)
    2 Tblsp. lemon juice
    2 tsp garlic
    1 tsp. sea salt
    1/4 tsp cumin
    1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
    1-4 oz. jar roasted red peppers (optional)
    Olive oil

    Blend chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, peppers (if using) & seasonings in a food processor until smooth (you may need to add a little water), scraping the sides often. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle about 1 Tblsp. extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle paprika. Serve w/ pita chips or as a dip for veggies.

    Triscuits & sharp cheddar cheese slices (and sometimes pepperoni)
    air-popped popcorn w/ butter, sea salt, pepper & garlic powder
    Apples w/ cinnamon & nut butter

    I’m excited to try the cheese coins recipe! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • AllieZirkle says:

      @Jackie, I love homemade hummus! I make a double batch and freeze in ice cube trays! The kids love this as it thaws in their lunch box and is still a cold dip when lunch time rolls around.

      (I make mine from scratch – 2 # chick peas in the crock pot on high for 4 hours, drain and cool in the fridge, whirl in the food processor in 2 – 4 batches.)


  16. this may be a dumb question but are rolled oats and quick oats similar?

    • AllieZirkle says:

      @debbiek, Rolled oats = quick oats

      On a side note, Quick Oats are cut up Old Fashioned Oats. If you only have Old Fashioned Oats on hand, pulse them in the food processor 2 – 3 seconds to cut (not obliterate into meal) and you’ll be good to go.

      πŸ™‚ Allie

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      @debbiek, well, I differ just a bit in my oats terminology than Allie. LOL.

      Rolled oats = old fashioned oats
      Quick oats = thinner, chopped up version of old fashioned
      Steel-cut oats = don’t look flat, more like chopped up grain

  17. Mmmm, we also made Kitchen Stewardship’s granola bars and loved them! Next batch will not have raisins though–Jackjack requested them but they are *not* on Mama’s tasty list. ;o)

  18. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipes and for letting others link up their recipes. I am restarting my diet and I am looking for healthier alternatives for my family and myself, so these look great. I really want to try the granola bar recipe, it looks fantastic!

  19. all of these ideas are wonderful!

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