I know some of you are like me and probably grew up having late night snacks. As for me, I can truthfully say I have my grandmother to thank for this habit, and I’ve happily passed it on to anyone who’s willing to partake in this delightful family tradition.
When I think of snacks, however, I think of something fast, easy and simple. Something fast enough that it can be made during a commercial break on your favorite TV show!
Below I’ve listed 10 snacks that fit that category and are also delicious! Some you may be familiar with and some may be new, but either way, I believe you will love them.
Brownie and Ice Cream
I discovered this recipe when I wanted brownies but didn’t have the eggs and oil to make them. I also discovered that this process can be used with cake mix.
1 cup brownie mix (store bought)
1/4 cup water
No oil, no eggs, just water! Pour brownie mix into a small, microwave safe bowl that you use for ice cream. Pour in enough water to moisten the mixture. Stir mixture then place bowl in the microwave and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Take out of microwave and spoon vanilla ice cream on top. This snack is warm, moist and absolutely divine!
Cottage Cheese and Peaches
I got this from my grandmother and her night time snacks. It took me a while to try this, but when I did I simply loved it! Either the small or large curd cottage cheese can be used.
1 cup of cottage cheese
1/2 cup of sliced peaches or pineapples
Cheese, Wafers and Wine
I discovered how delicious this combination was during my time in the hospital after surgery. After trying it I Was thoroughly hooked.
5 slices mild cheddar cheese
5 Nilla wafers
1 glass sangria or your favorite red wine
Sliced Apples and Peanut Butter
I decided to try peanut butter and celery and didn’t like it, so I sliced up an apple and tried that instead. It’s really good and a nice way to eat peanut butter without the bread.
1 sliced small apple (Granny Smith, Gala or Red Delicious)
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Cucumber and Tomato Salad
I’ve currently started eating this at night when I get the munchies. I feel it’s a lot better than the brownie and vanilla ice cream.
1/2 sliced cucumber
1 sliced plum tomato
2 tablespoons Italian dressing
Fruit Berry Smoothie
I love milkshakes and this is a delicious and more healthy variety that I am now indulging in at night. It’s thick, rich in fiber and takes care of that sweet craving.
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1 small banana
1 cup almond milk
Blend all the ingredients above together and pour into a chilled glass. The berries can be either fresh or frozen. Try letting your frozen fruit thaw just a little before using.
Cinnamon Apple Sauce
I discovered this little trick one night when I was craving cinnamon applesauce and only had plain. Needless to say I don’t buy cinnamon applesauce anymore. Anyway, making it this way tastes better.
1 cup applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Just mix the cinnamon into the applesauce, stir and enjoy!
Trail Mix for Iron
I fell in love with this mixture years ago when I needed to raise my iron levels. All the ingredients together make a rich source of iron so I still eat this mix today. It makes a nice late night snack and comes in handy when I’m craving something sweet.
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raw almonds
Just mix all the ingredients together and place them in a plastic bag. If you want to, you can also place the almonds on a baking sheet and roast them in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes. Be sure to let them cool for at least 1 hour before placing in the plastic bag. This amount makes enough mixture for 2 days or more. It all depends on how much you snack.
Ritz Crackers and Tuna Salad
This is something my family has eaten for as long as I can remember. This not only makes a nice late night snack, you can also make it for a quick lunch.
10 Ritz crackers
1 can tuna fish (packed in water)
2 tablespoons Miracle whip
1 tablespoon sweet relish
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Just mix the 6 ingredients together. When they are mixed you can either spread a spoonful of the mixture onto your Ritz crackers, or you can use the mixture as a dip.
Spicy Boiled Shrimp
This recipe belongs solely to my niece. She loves hot and spicy, and she loves seafood, so she combines the two together to make her own special spicy shrimp. I’ve never tried this, but she swears it is delicious. Just be aware, the spices will really scent up your house.
6 large pre-cooked and deveined shrimp
1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 cup water
Place all the seasonings and shrimp into water and let it come to a light boil. Since they are already cooked you are basically just heating them enough so they can absorb the seasoning. Remove from heat and let stand for about 5 minutes
My intention was to give you recipes that aren’t fancy or involved, and don’t need a lot of ingredients. In fact, a lot of the ingredients should be things you already have. I hope these recipes fit the bill and tempt you enough to at least try a few of them.
Regardless if you’re on a diet or not on a diet, late night snacks will always be a part of our eating habits. The point is to make them fit your taste, your diet, your lifestyle and to keep them as simple as possible.