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Sweet Chipotle Snack Mix

I’m trying to be a little bit smarter about my snacking. I’m someone who has no problem snacking on nuts…so long as they have chocolate chips and dried cherries mixed in. But eating plain old nuts is no fun. So many people don’t like to eat nuts because they are so high in calories but they are also so high in good fat. Like with everything else, it’s about watching how much you eat and be careful with portions. But with nuts, they easily fill you up so a small handful (a portion) is just enough to do what a snack needs to do: satisfy! This Sweet Chipotle Snack Mix is a perfect snack mix to have on hand when my stomach is rumbling and I need something quick.

Slivered almonds, pumpkinseeds, and cashews are mixed with a frothy egg white and a spicy mixture of sugar (or Splenda), chipotle chile powder, cumin, oregano, and chile powder and baked until warm and crispy. Spices are a fun way to add a lot of calorie-free flavor to nuts to make them a little more interesting. Mixed with sugar, this spice mixture is sweet, spicy and smoky without being overly sweet, overly spicy or overly smoky. The combination is perfectly mellow but completely flavorful that makes this snack mix a little bit addicting. But just remember, a little goes a long way so this snack will last you for days and days.

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Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine sugar, salt, chipotle chile powder, cumin, oregano, and chili powder in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.

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Place egg white in a large bowl; stir with a whisk until foamy. Add the almonds, cashews, and pumpkinseeds; toss well to coat. Sprinkle with spice mixture; toss well to coat.

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Spread nuts in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 325°F for 15 minutes, stirring once. Turn oven off. Remove pan from oven; stir snack mix. Immediately return pan to oven for an additional 15 minutes (leave oven off). Remove pan from oven and place on a wire rack; cool completely.

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Store snack mix in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Additions: None

Omissions: None

Substitutions:

  • Splenda

Overall Rating: Like It

Source: Cooking Light magazine

Taco Night Popcorn

Who doesn’t love a really simple snack recipe? Popcorn, in general, is a simple and low calorie snack but sometimes it can just be so stinking boring. I go in waves with popcorn where I’ll eat a portion-controlled bag each and every night and then when I run out, I’ll buy another box that will sit, unopened, in my cabinet and go well past the expiration date. Sometimes it tastes good and sometimes I can’t fathom the thought of it. But I came across a bunch of recipes for flavored popcorn and decided I had everything to make this Taco Night Popcorn. With a frosty beer and a good movie, this is an addicting and not boring popcorn snack.

Olive oil, chili powder, lime zest, cumin and garlic powder are mixed together and tossed over basic microwaved popcorn and pieces of tortilla chips (I used these chips – my favorite!) making this a flavorful snack that really does make you think of tacos. I combined the oil and spices together and dumped the mixture into a zip-top storage bag then added the popcorn and chips and shook it all up. It really seemed to coat the popcorn well, without too much of any oil or spices ending up in random clumps. I know adding olive oil to a healthy snack like popcorn isn’t necessary what you want to do when you are trying to be good but a little goes a long way and this is a great snack for those nights when you just can’t have plain old popcorn yet again.

Like this? Also check out Chili and Spice Popcorn and Buffalo Popcorn!

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Mix olive oil, chili powder, grated lime peel, cumin, and garlic powder; toss with 1 bag microwave popcorn, popped, and tortilla chip pieces.

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Additions: None

Omissions: None

Substitutions: None

Overall Rating: Love It

Source: Good Housekeeping magazine

Buffalo Popcorn

Sometimes you are just sitting there watching tv and you realize you just want something.  Not that you are hungry but you are also not content.  You just want a snack.  It’s so easy to grab a bag of popcorn and throw it in the microwave for a few minutes which is a great healthy snack.  But why not jazz it up a little bit like this Buffalo Popcorn?  (I mean, don’t we seem to be adding buffalo sauce to just about everything these days?)

Butter, hot sauce and honey are melted together and poured slowly over warm, fresh popped popcorn (either bagged microwave popcorn or corn kernels will work) before being tossed slightly until slightly sticky, slighty sweet and slightly spicy.  I used Frank’s Buffalo Sauce in place of regular hot sauce just because I had it on hand so use whatever your favorite hot sauce is that you have around.  The buffalo-butter sauce softens up this popcorn a bit, making it gooey and the honey gives it that sweetness you get from kettle corn.  Once you get this sauce on your fingers, there’s no point in licking it off; just dig right in for another handful.  This popcorn won’t make it through a whole movie so you might want to make a couple batches.

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The ingredients:

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In small pan, melt butter; whisk in hot sauce, honey and 12 tsp. salt.Place popcorn in large bowl.  Drizzle with butter mixture; toss and season.

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Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:

  • Frank’s Buffalo Sauce

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  EveryDay with Rachael Ray Magazine

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

Of all the goodies I made for Christmas, these Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites were by far everyone’s favorite little nuggets that they couldn’t stop oooing and ahhing about.  Everyone loves a cookie…but peanut butter tucked inside of pretzels and then dipped in chocolate?  I dare you to find someone who isn’t interested in these little suckers.  Salty.  Sweet.  Crunchy.  Chewy.  They are addictive.

Peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and powdered sugar are combined to make a pseudo-cookie dough center which is rolled into balls and placed between two mini pretzels.  After a quick trip to the freezer to set, these treats are dipped in melted semi-sweet chocolate chips.  This is so easy, anyone can do it.  And because the chocolate can be melted on the stove or microwave, no oven is required.  Whether it’s the holidays to not, these goodies are sure to be hit for any get-together or party.  Oh, and if the world ends today, these are a pretty good last meal.

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The ingredients:

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In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine peanut butter and softened butter.  Add the sugars and mix to combine.

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Lay pretzels on a baking sheet (you will probably need two baking sheets).  Using a teaspoon, scoop the filling and roll into a small ball, placing one ball on each pretzel.  Top each ball with another pretzel and press together slightly to spread the filling to the edges.  Place sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes to set.

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Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and heat at 30-second intervals, stirring occasionally until completely melted.  Remove the pretzel sandwiches from the freezer and quickly dip each half-way into the melted chocolate.  Return to the tray and repeat with remaining sandwiches.

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When all are dipped, return the tray to the freezer to set up completely.  Store the sandwiches in the refrigerator until serving time.

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Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Two Tiny Kitchens blog

Scarecrow Crunch

Need a little snack to get you through the marathon of scary movies on TV tonight?  Or maybe just something to snack on in between rings of the doorbell as you hand out candy to the ghosts and goblins at your door?  Check out this Scarecrow Crunch.

Oatmeal squares cereal, pretzels, candy corn mix, Reese’s pieces, chocolate grahams, and caramel corn are mixed together to make for a sweet and salty snack perfect for autumn.  Put some of this into baggies for your kids or just take it to work for people who need an afternoon pick me up.  This made a big batch so you’ll have plenty to share.  My friends and I noshed on handfuls of this while we were hunkered down during the hurricane.  And leftovers should last for a while if you keep them in an airtight container.  Turn off the outside light, hunker down in the dark with a blanket, light a candle to cast eerie shadows, and munch on a bowl of this for tonight’s Halloween marathon on AMC.  If you have power, that is.  If you don’t, try not to get freaked out by the fact that you have to spend every second of Halloween in the dark.

The ingredients:

Combine all ingredients into a large bowl.

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Like It

Source:  Just Make Stuff

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