Healthy snacking is something that tends to go away as the days get cooler and the holidays closer. You know it’s true! The moment the Fall season begins we are trading in our granola bars for chocolate bars, right? Especially after Halloween. I get it, believe me. So, I am going to share some easy to make snacks that are fall inspired and just as good as all the other pretty treats, candy, cupcakes, donuts…okay I’ll stop.
One of the nice things about making these is that you can toss them in the oven (not literally please!) while you bake all your amazing holiday dishes. If you have a holiday party, you can lay them out as a snack instead of your traditional bowl of candy corn or chocolate covered cherries. First you want to drain and rinse one can of cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans). In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of cumin powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Make sure all the chickpeas are evenly coated. Drizzle olive oil on a flat baking sheet and lay the chickpeas making sure they are evenly distributed on the pan. Bake in 450 degrees for about 20-25 minutes. Let cook and enjoy this delicious snack alone or toss in your salad for some added crunch and flavor.
I love popcorn, but sometimes I crave a sweet snack. It is the easiest thing to make this healthy snack and it tastes so good! All you need are kernels, coconut oil, cinnamon and sugar. Once you are done popping your kernels pour into a bowl and season immediately after. The heat helps the cinnamon and sugar stick to the popcorn. You can also use canola oil or vegetable oil, but coconut oil gives it a nice nutty taste that complements these flavors.
For a more adult and salty version I have to recommend this sexier version which also pairs very well with any alcoholic beverage. This is my kind of popcorn and just as a warning, it is very addicting! You will need paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, a few drops of lemon juice and 21 seasonings salute (which Trader Joe’s carries and you can find in their spices section). You can also add some cayenne pepper if you like spicy. Combine these together and create a mix that is to your liking. Make sure you mix and taste until you find what your palette likes before tossing it in the popcorn. I for instance like cumin and not a fan of spicy while other people love spicy and may not stand the taste of paprika. I would recommend using canola or vegetable oil when you pop your kernels with this version. Once the popcorn is done and while still hot mix in with the popcorn.
*If you don’t know how to make popcorn without the use of a microwave please watch this video, it will change your life.
Not-Just Nuts (ever!)
Okay once you have nuts like these you probably will not want to have nuts any other way, so there is my disclaimer. If you enjoy putting out a bowl of almonds, peanuts or pistachios for friends and family to enjoy when they come over this holiday season, then they will enjoy it even more when you start putting out these Not-Just Nuts! You will need two additional ingredients on top of whatever kind of nut you want to use. In the photo, you can see I used cashews (salted), but feel free to use whatever kind of nut you want. You will need olive oil or grape seed oil and some Herbs de Provence. It would be great if you can find a mix without salt, but if you cannot then I like the Herbs de Provence mix that Williams-Sonoma carries. Pour the oil and the herbs mix over the nuts and mix until all are coated. That’s it! Eat ’em and love ’em!
I hope you enjoyed what I shared with you. Please let me know if you try one of these and what you think. I’ll just be here having my cashews and sexy popcorn.
Note: I would like to say thanks for your patience as I was transitioning my blog from one host to the next this past week. I’m so happy to be back and super excited to show you what I’ve got cookin’ next weekend.