We have managed to reduce our grocery budget by more than $50 per month by changing ONE thing – instead of buying snack foods, we are making them ourselves!
It is amazing how easy it really turns out to be, once you have the tools and tricks to help you get started. And if someone has already done the testing ahead of time for you, even better! Because then you KNOW a recipe is actually good and something your whole family will enjoy.
Yes, it takes a little bit more work to make your own snack foods than to run out to the store and buy them. But the benefits of taking in less processed food AND saving money are well worth it. (Plus, if they aren’t as readily available, you’ll be forced to eat less of them anyway ;D)
These recipes aren’t difficult to make – however, you may find yourself having a hard time keeping them around ;0) But don’t worry, at least you know what’s in them.
7 Snack Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making
Homemade bagels are a great snack option, especially when you make them mini cinnamon raisin, then slice them thin and crisp in the oven with butter. So delicious! We make our bagels by hand rolling them, and they’re finished in about an hour. It’s pretty impossible to not eat them hot off the tray.
Cookies – Oreos, Animal Crackers and Graham Crackers
I’m from Canada, and our Oreos are better than the American Oreos – sorry, but it’s a fact! Ha ha! Actually, we think it is the filling that is used in our Oreos that make them taste as good as they do. While I haven’t been able to find a really good recipe to duplicate the Canadian Oreo flavour, this homemade Oreo recipe without shortening and this Oreo recipe from Bakerella are both pretty tasty!
Animal crackers and Graham crackers are LOOOOOOADED with sugar – I think that is what makes them so tasty and appealing. You will not be disappointed if you make your own. The same great flavour is there, with far less sugar (and again, you may eat more of them, so just be prepared to put a limit out there after…say…. a handful or two?).
No more foil and plastic packaging kicking around the lunch bags. Granola bars are so quick and easy to make. You can use pre-made granola, or make your own homemade granola into a bar, or just use a straight-up oats recipe. There are so many easy variations, but these Kid (and Adult) Friendly granola bars are just right.
We eat a lot of hummus. Our kids and the hubby and I LOVE it! I’ve tried a few recipes to get just the right flavour, and HANDS DOWN the hummus recipe from Aimee at Under the High Chair is the best for texture and flavour.
A favourite snack or even lunch item has become pretzel bites. We like to make the whole wheat soft pretzel bites or a wheat and all purpose flour pretzel. Savoury, salty or sweet, you decide the toppings!
Wheat thins and goldfish crackers are a big favourite around our house. Who knew that to replace the massive amounts of sugar, salt and preservatives for a great taste would take only a few ingredients and nothing fancy?
For the kids in your family (or you!) make these goldfish crackers with a little trick on how to make your own goldfish cutter out of foil.
It’s so easy. Really. Especially when you have a good recipe! I’ve tried a lot and haven’t found one quite as successful as the yogurt recipe from my friend, Trina Holden. Scald the milk, add the yogurt and incubate on the counter overnight – done!