Easy 4-Ingredient Snack Recipes to Make This Week

The most perfect snacks are often the simplest. Who wants to mess with long ingredient lists and complex prep when you’re really hungry? In those situations, easy, quick-fix bites are your best bet, like these six recipes that call for no more than four ingredients each.

1. Honey Butter Sea Salt Popcorn

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Popcorn is a time-honored movie night snack, but butter and salt aren’t the only appropriate toppings for freshly popped kernels. Mixing some honey into the butter before you drizzle it on adds a touch of sweetness and turns a ho-hum snack into something a bit more special. After you try this recipe from Spoon University, you’ll never settle for microwave popcorn again.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups freshly popped popcorn
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Directions: Combine honey and melted butter in a small dish. Pour over popcorn. Sprinkle on salt and stir to combine. Serve.

2. Easy Bean Dip

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Feeding a crowd on the fly is no problem with this easy-to-prepare bean dip recipe from Sweet and Savory by Shinee. All you need is one dish and 5 minutes to assemble this cheesy dip, which serves 6 to 8 people. It’s perfect for a game-day get together or late-night snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16-ounce) can refried beans
  • 16 ounces prepared salsa
  • 12 ounces grated cheese (such as cheddar, mozzarella, or Monterey jack, or use a Mexican cheese blend)
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped, for topping (optional)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly coat and 8-by-8-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Spoon the refried beans into the dish, then top with the prepared salsa. (Make sure the salsa is not too watery; if it is, drain off some of the liquid.) Top with the grated cheese. Bake in oven for about 25 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Remove from oven and top with fresh cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.

3. Coconut Cream Bars

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Candy is dandy, but if you’re trying to eat healthy, it’s probably off-limits. Fortunately, you don’t have to give up the sweet flavors you love, even if you’re focusing on eating healthy. These no-bake bars from Back for Seconds are similar to Mounds bars but without the artificial flavors and preservatives you’ll find in store-bought treats.

Ingredients:

  • 24 ounces shredded coconut, divided
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 24 ounces chocolate

Directions: Combine condensed milk, powdered sugar, and 20 ounces of the shredded coconut in a large bowl.

Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan. Press the coconut mixture into the pan and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.

Slice frozen coconut into bars. Melt the chocolate, then dip the coconut bars into it. Set the chocolate-coated bars on a sheet of wax paper. Sprinkle with remaining 4 ounces of coconut. Store in airtight container.

4. Garlic Herb Bagel Chips

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Don’t toss those slightly stale bagels. Yesterday’s leftover breakfast goodies can be transformed into today’s afternoon snack. These crispy bagel chips from the Food Network’s Emeril Lagasse are thinly sliced and topped with garlic and a Creole seasoning for a simply perfect snack.

Ingredients:

  • 4 plain bagels
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • ½ teaspoon Emeril’s Essence or other Creole seasoning

Directions: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

With a sharp knife, very carefully slice the bagels one at a time as thinly as possible, for 8 to 10 thin slices per bagel. Spread in 1 layer on the prepared sheets.

Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. When oil starts to get warm, about 1 minute, remove from the heat and add the garlic and the seasoning. Let sit until the garlic perfumes the oil, about 10 minutes. Remove the garlic from the oil.

With a pastry brush, lightly brush the oil on the bagel chips. Bake until golden brown. Turn and bake on the second side until just crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on wire racks.

To serve, arrange the bagel chips on a platter with a veggie cream cheese spread or other dip.

5. Flourless Protein Brownies

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Craving something sweet but also filling? These flourless protein brownies manage to be both good for you and delicious – the perfect combination. In addition to being free of gluten and refined sugars, each serving of these tasty bars from The Big Man’s World delivers a hefty 15 grams of protein. Baking with protein powder can be a bit tricky though; for best results, try one made from brown rice, like this one recommended by the recipe developer.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium, overripe bananas (approximately 1 cup)
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter or almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup cocoa powder (use more cocoa for a richer taste)
  • 1 to 2 scoops of protein powder

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a square cake pan or 7-by-11-inch brownie pan and set aside.

Place the peanut or almond butter in a microwave-safe dish. Melt in the microwave.

Combine the bananas, cocoa powder, protein powder, and melted peanut butter in food processor or blender, or use your hands. (Depending on how sweet your protein powder is, you may want to add a little sweetener to the mix as well.) Mix until smooth.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for roughly 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool, then slice into bars. Store in refrigerator until ready to eat (brownies will be fudgier if they are left to cool in the fridge).

6. Peanut Butter Apple Nachos

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Apples drizzled with peanut butter make the perfect snack | iStock.com

Who says nachos have to be made with tortilla chips? Healthy sliced apples are the key ingredient in this 5-minute snack recipe from Delish. Topped with warm, melted peanut butter, plus granola and dried cranberries, this quick mini-meal is sure to cure your hunger pangs.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into wedges
  • ¼ cup all-natural peanut butter, warmed
  • 2 tablespoons granola
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries

Directions: On a serving plate, drizzle apples with peanut butter and top with granola and cranberries. Serve.

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