After a long week at work, you need a break. But even the idea of going out isn’t exactly your idea of downtime. Sometimes, you just need a cozy night in.
So, roll up your pajama sleeves and whip up these yummy, easy-to-make night snacks. It’s time you enjoyed a guilt-free movie night.
Nothing could be easier than buying a bunch of grapes and leaving them in the freezer for a couple hours. They’re a burst a fresh, juicy goodness. What’s more, frozen grapes are the perfect snack during warm evenings in.
Frozen Bananas Dipped in Chocolate
This creative banana recipe is perfect for people with lactose intolerance. Just peel the banana and insert a popsicle stick into the bottom of it before placing it in the freezer. It will take an hour or two to freeze.
In the meantime, melt your favorite chocolate. When you remove the frozen fruit, dip it into your chocolate and voila!
Chocolate Covered Fruit
Fruit might not seem like a typical movie night snack, but just dip it into chocolate and you’ve got a winner on your hands. The sky’s the limit when it comes to variety, too.
Depending on what you like and what’s in season, you can enjoy chocolate covered strawberries, pineapple, cherries, apples, pears, raspberries, and so much more.
Customize Your Own Dried Fruit and Nut Mix
Take a quick trip to your local grocery store, and instead of purchasing a bag of trail mix, you can make your own! When you do, you get to skip out on lots of unnecessary sugars, preservatives and additives inside most mixes. You can use nuts, like peanuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews and hazelnuts. Throw in some dried fruit like mango, pineapple, apple, cranberries, raisins, and coconut.
If you want to add some indulgence, toss in chocolate chips, or peanut butter or caramel baking morsels. This way, you know you’ll love everything bite!
Bake Homemade Cookies
If you enjoy baking, why not make your favorite batch of cookies? Mixing the batter doesn’t take much time, and you only need to wait around ten to twelve minutes before you have your own, warm plate of cookies.
Chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, snicker doodle and so much more are the easiest, quintessential treats. Serve with a glass of milk and enjoy just about any chick flick.
Energy Protein Balls
If you’re looking for something substantial and a little healthier than chocolate covered fruit and peanut butter cookies, you don’t have to forego flavor. These bites don’t require any baking. They just need a healthy appetite!
Like your trail mix, you can customize and modify them to meet your food preferences and steer clear of any allergens, too.
Homemade Guacamole and Corn Chips
You really can’t go wrong with this salty snack. Especially if you opt for corn chips made with organic and non-GMO corn. Plus, making guacamole is easy! You just need ripe avocados, onion, salt, lime juice and cilantro.
Or, you can tweak the recipe to create the perfect avocado dip for you and your friends. Upgrade your dip with tomatoes, lemon juice, roasted garlic, and so much more.
Oven Roasted Kale Chips
If you’re dying to have a bowl of salty chips but can’t justify an unhealthy bag of potato chips, head to the produce section. There, you can buy a big bunch of kale and transform it into healthy, crispy kale chips. Chop the kale, drizzle with olive oil and salt, and any other flavors you prefer, and roast in a 400 oven for about 10 minutes.
They’re delicious and guilt-free snacking! You can even eat them with your homemade guacamole and hummus.
Chocolate Covered Nuts
This is an easy one. Melt down some of your favorite dark chocolate and drizzle it over some nuts.
What’s not to enjoy?
This budget friendly snack is easy, delicious and nutritious. Simply dump a can of garbanzo beans into a small pot and heat. This helps to soften them. Then, drain and blend the beans in a blender, together with tahini, salt, garlic powder, lemon juice and top with parsley or cilantro.
How should you enjoy homemade hummus? Any way you want, but to start, you can dip toasted pita breads in it. Or, you can have it with baby carrots or broccoli florets.
Stove Top Popcorn
Microwave popcorn is definitely more convenient than homemade popcorn, but once you make popcorn at home, there’s no turning back. Simply head to the bulk section of your local grocery store and pick up some corn kernels.
Then, melt some coconut oil, or olive oil in a deep pan and add your corn. Cover with a lid, and wait for that fun sound of popping.
While keeping the lid on, give the pan a gentle shake to make sure the kernels don’t stick to the bottom. After about 5-10 minutes, your popcorn will be ready. You can drizzle with melted butter, salt, and your favorite spices. Enjoy this healthy and mouth-watering movie snack.
Having pizza delivered to your house is an underrated luxury. And when you want to Netflix and chill, it’s a great option. But, making your own pizza is equally (if not more) satisfying and you get to be as picky as you want.
Most grocery stores have ready-made dough available. So, all you have to do is roll it out, and top with your favorite sauces, vegetables and meats. Stick to the traditional pepperoni and cheese, or get creative with broccoli, cheddar and sausage.
Bring out your inner Italian by making pizza at home. It’s a fun way to spend time with family and friends. What’s more, you get to eat everything together, too.
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Whether you bake your own delicious cookies, or buy your favorite pack, you can bump up your cookie craving by adding ice cream, and making ice cream sandwiches.
They’re easy, and with all the flavors available, you’re bound to come up with something fun and refreshing.
Give a whole new meaning to “Netflix and Chill”, and make the most of your night in with these easy and indulgent treats.