COMFORT IN CHEWING A CRUNCH

 

Are you a SNACKER? Every now and then do you need something Crunchy and tasty.Try these cheap,quick flavorful home-made munchies….feel satisfied and content

 

URGES AND SELF CONTROL…..These are the two things that drives me crazy, Most of the time I reach for something crunchy and crispy. There is a certain kind of happiness in making a lot of noise while crunching. One bag of potato chips, pretzels ,tortillas, crackers or cookies. The more variety and textures the happier I am. Limiting myself to a serving portion was no the solution for my cravings. So, I decided to skip picking processed snacks and make my very own. Control the ingredients, keep salt and sugar low and most important LEAVING THE DEEP OIL FRYING OU……T

If you are just like me and love to crunch on something very often without any guilt try these 4 crunchy snack foods.I made these on repeat mode not because they are healthy but yummy too

ROASTED POTATOES

My most favorite snack potato chips. There is no closing once the bag of chips is in your lap. No need to deep fry potatoes and eat those greasy chips .OVEN works equally well.

  • Baby Potatoes 16-20
  • Olive oil 4 table-spoon
  • Garlic salt and pepper to taste

 

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When making your very own just start with these babies. Boil them and season them with some gold old seasonings

 

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Place the potatoes in a baking dish  sprinkle the seasoning,oil and mush these with a fork. Bake at 400 F for 30 to 35 minutes until they are golden and crispy .

 

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They are bit thick and you will enjoy every bite more than of a thinly sliced one from bag

CHICK PEAS

Chick peas are full of fiber and protein. I remember seeing crispy amateur harvested Chick peas in NIMCO; a deep friend Pakistani snack with lots of herbs and spices is a must have with evening chai time.

The crunch it had been so satisfying…..but again it was deep-fried and not healthy.Lets make this roasted goodness by preheating oven to 400 F degree.Rinse these cooked chickpeas make sure there is no moisture.To get the crunch we want to coat these with the mixture oil and spices. Feel free to experiment with your palate of spices.

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1 cup chickpeas,2 tbsp olive oil ,1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp cumin powder 1/2 tsp sesame seeds

Toss these low-calorie chick peas  evenly  in a single layer and bake them for about 25-30 minutes (350 F) shake them once after 15 minutes.Once they are evenly roasted remove them from the oven and let them slightly cool .We want these seasoned chickpeas to be crispy not chewy as the key is not to place the baking sheet on higher temperature other wise these little beans will dry out.

“These little guys are fantastic and full of aromatic flavors”

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MY COMFORT! MY JOY! MY WEAKNESS!

EASY PEASY GRANOLA

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MUNCH ON THESE  😎

 

Home made granola is a delicious treat with no unnecessary sugar.Top it with yogurt parfait/ smoothie bowl or munch it on a road trip.It will soon become your new favorite snack.An excellent combination of proteins, flavors, textures and nutrients.It’s a staple recipe in my kitchen. Always easy to modify  you can change things up ,add your favorite combo and keep switching nuts.Here is my  idea of a deliciously healthy granola.

 

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  • 1 and half cup of whole rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup of chopped almonds
  • 1/3 cup of cashews
  • 1/3 cup of dried coconut chunks
  • 2tbl sp of cranberries
  • 2tbl sp sunflower seeds
  • large pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1/2tsp Cinnamon
  • 1tsp coconut oil
  • 2-4 tbl sp Honey

 

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Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bow it will be sticky and messy  but we have to make sure everything is toss evenly.  Leave the cranberries and sunflower seeds aside as they taste burnt and over cooked if mix together earlier.

 

Spread the mixture on the baking sheet  in a thin layer and bake evenly in a preheated oven 300 F  for 8-9 minutes or until very slightly roasted. (granola will get more crispy after it cools)

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Now, mix in the remaining ingredients at the very end (cranberries+sunflower seeds).Bake for another minute.Cool before serving or storing.

 

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R.E.A.D.Y !!!!    “Always have a hearty crunch on hand”  🙂

 

 

            SEED CRACKERS

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PERFECT SNACK!  &  PERFECT PARTY FOOD!

 

Get your omega 3’s fatty acids from these crackers. The healthy fats will keep you satisfy and fill. They are adaptable with various seeds and spices. Pair them with Avocado,humus,cheese or jam or enjoy them on their own as a tasty snack. I’m addictive to these as they always came to my rescue and provide me  long-lasting energy

NUTRITIONALLY, these crackers are low in carbohydrates and sugar.So lets make a batch of this super food crackers grab these ingredients and preheat your oven at 350 F.

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  • 1/2 cup Grinded oats
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3  cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 2 tbl sp flax seeds
  • 2 tbl sp sesame seeds
  • 2tbl sp whole wheat flour
  • dried herbs (1/4 tsp each oregano, onion powder,paprika,thyme,)
  • 1/2 tsp of  pink salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1tbl sp coconut oil

 

 

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Mix every thing together and give it a quick mix the gelatinous nature of Chia and Flax  seeds will  soak up the water. Allow to stand for about  20 minutes.

 

 

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A soft  spreadable dough  mixture is ready..

 

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Line a baking sheet with parchment paper ,with the help of spatula evenly  spread the mixture out making sure it’s not too thick or not to thin. Slightly slice them with a pizza cutter.

 

Baked it in the oven until the crackers are brown and crispy  it should take about  30-35 minutes  min or so but keep an eye as you don’t want them to burn them.Once the edges are golden carefully, flip them after 15 minutes with a spatula.Let them cool completely and store them in an airtight container.

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LIGHT…..HEALTHY …CRISPY..

 

 

 

Snacks are the best thing ever,they are packed with crispiness and goodness .So,fuel your days with some thing natural ,healthy that will  give you an instant energy boost.Get your kids involve in the baking process ,win their heart and tummies. Nibble nights/movie nights/Netflix marathons or summer snacking enjoy these roasted varieties with toasty blends

HAPPY BAKING!

 

 

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