Top 51 Healthy Snack Ideas

Healthy Snack Ideas Title  Who doesn’t love snacking? Whether it’s munching on something to tide you over, grabbing a bite to eat on the go, or just refueling after a workout, snacks help keep our bodies fueled throughout the day in between meals. Unfortunately, many store-bought snacks are laden with preservatives, sugar, and other unidentifiable ingredients. So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite healthy snack ideas from around the internet that you can make right at home. From sweets treats to savory delights, you’ll find something to satisfy you.

Top 51 Healthy Snack Ideas


SWEET & HEALTHY SNACK IDEAS 

1. Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

You’ll feel good about snacking on these addictive chips! Made with just three ingredients, these apple chips are baked in the oven for a few hours at a low temperature to produce thin, crispy chips. Use coconut sugar in place of regular refined or skip it altogether — you won’t miss it!

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips / Sally’s Baking Addiction

2. Almond Butter Banana Breakfast Cookie

A cookie that’s good for you? That’s the case with these easy-peasy breakfast cookies that make an excellent mid-afternoon snack. Serve with a side of fruit for a filling, healthy cookie.


3. Almond Butter and Banana Open Sandwich

A new take on the traditional peanut butter and banana sandwich, this almond butter version is just as yummy (and better for you!). This is one of  my favorite grab and go healthy snack ideas.  It takes just seconds to make; choose honey as your sweetener and slather on walnuts and chia seeds.

almond butter banana raisin open sandwich

Almond Butter and Banana Open Sandwich / Tales of a Kitchen

4. Banana Split Bites

Parents will enjoy these banana split-inspired bites just as much as kids. With no ice cream and a short ingredient list, they’re also a snack you can feel good about eating. Chunks of pineapple, strawberries, and banana get covered in a dark chocolate shell and frozen. Chopped nuts or coconut are an optional — but highly suggested! — addition that’ll push these pops over the edge.


5. Blueberry Pudding

This simple pudding recipe is perfect any time of day and comes together easily in a blender. Nutrient-packed avocados, blueberries, and chia seeds combine with coconut milk, vanilla, and honey for a pudding the whole family will love.

Blueberry Pudding Recipe, Dr. Axe Recipe Card
blueberry pudding

 

Blueberry Pudding / Dr. Axe

 


6. Cherry Limeade

Have a cool, bubbly snack that’s totally good for you, too! This cherry limeade uses Pellegrino sparkling water, frozen cherries, lime juice, and honey for a naturally sweet drink that’s great for skipping the afternoon slump.


7. Chocolate Chocolate Chip Yogurt Dip

There are two other healthy snack ideas here, but this last one is my favorite. This creamy, Greek yogurt-rich dip is made with cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract and is perfect for dipping cut fruit or even sneaking a spoonful solo!

Chocolate Yogurt Dip
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Yogurt Dip / Edible Perspective 

8. Coconut Berry Bars

These fun-colored bars (no food dye here!) use all-natural ingredients to make a simple, healthy, and delicious take-along snacks that are full of superfoods.


9. Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

No need to shell out money for specialty almond butter when you can make your own chocolate version at home! It takes just five minutes and keeps well in the refrigerator. Try it spread on your favorite sprouted grain toast for a quick and filling snack!

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Recipe, Dr. Axe Recipe Card

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter, Dr. Axe Recipes

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter / Dr. Axe

10. Healthy Cookie Dough Dip

Cookie dough that’s meant to be eaten as a snack and it’s healthy? This snack dip fits the bill. No one will guess the secret ingredient — chickpeas! Opt for sea salt and flax seed, and use honey to sweeten. Try pairing it with fresh fruit, your favorite rice crackers, or just snack on it solo!


11. Five-Minute Healthy Strawberry Yogurt

Five minutes and four ingredients are all you need for this sweet, frozen treat. Use fresh or frozen berries, sweeten with honey, and process in a food processor for a homemade yogurt that tastes better than the store brand!

quick frozen strawberry yogurt recipe

Five-Minute Healthy Strawberry Yogurt / Just A Taste

12. Healthy Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

This yogurt parfait makes a wonderful snack no matter what time of day it is! And, with just four ingredients, it’s a breeze to make. Raspberries would be a great stand-in, too.


13. Homemade Blueberry Vanilla Cashew “Kind” Bars

Skip pricey bars and make your own with this healthy recipe. Using fresh, wholesome ingredients like brown rice cereal, cashews, and dried berries, (try honey instead of brown rice syrup), and you can make your own delicious, inexpensive healthy snack bars in just minutes.

blueberry vanilla cashew bars,  Homemade Kind bars

Homemade Blueberry Vanilla Cashew “Kind” Bars / Lydia Glick

14. Greek Yogurt & Crushed Almond Banana Popsicles

This creamy snack is easy to make and fun to eat! Swap out the tablespoon of peanut butter for almond butter and mix it with Greek yogurt. Roll your banana piece in the almond butter/yogurt combo, coat in crushed almonds, and freeze for three hours. You’ll have a fruity popsicle that’s actually good for you.

crushed almond frozen yogurt banana popsicles

Greek Yogurt and Crushed Almond Banana Popsicles / Pumps and Iron 

15. Paleo Apple “Nachos”

This fun take on nachos is one of the best after-dinner healthy snack ideas. The usual nacho fixings get swapped for apple slices, almond butter, shredded coconut, sliced almonds, and chocolate chips (go for dark!) for a sweet treat you’ll feel good about eating.


16. Grainless Granola

There are no surprises in this healthy, homemade granola. Chopped pecans, almonds, and sunflower seeds give it just the right amount of crunch while dried apples and raisins provide natural sweetness. The result is a snack that’s loaded with healthy fats and perfect for when you’re on the run.

Grainless Granola Recipe, Dr. Axe Recipe Card

Grainless Granola, Dr. Axe Recipes

Grainless Granola / Dr. Axe 

17. Peanut Butter, Strawberry, & Banana Quesadillas

Swap out the peanut butter for almond butter or cashew butter and try this fruity take on the traditional quesadilla. Spread your favorite nut butter on a sprouted grain tortilla and top with sliced bananas and strawberries. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon and heat. Try other types of berries, too: blackberries or raspberries would make an equally delicious addition.

Peanut Butter, Strawberry, & Banana Quesadillas

Peanut Butter, Strawberry , and Banana Quesadilla / Ambitious Kitchen

18. Raw Brownie Bites

Here’s a brownie you won’t feel guilty about eating! Cacao powder gives these brownies the chocolately taste you expect, while medjool dates hold your “batter” together. You’ll love snacking on these when you have a hankering for something sweet.


19. Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls

Pumpkin pie isn’t relegated to dessert anymore! Not only are these bites delicious, they’re also full of healthy ingredients like medjool dates, pecans, and pumpkin puree. They’re perfect as an after-dinner sweet and can be made into bars, too.

pumpkin pie energy bites

Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls / Paleo Grubs

20. Raw Homemade Applesauce

Why spend money on sugar-laden store brands when you can make your own healthy applesauce right at home? This autumn recipe is an easy way to use up fresh apples. Lemon juice and cinnamon are the only extras you’ll need for a fresh, easy snack!

Homemade Applesauce Recipe, Dr. Axe Recipe Card

homemade applesauce

Raw Homemade Applesauce / Dr. Axe

21. Skillet Bananas

This incredibly simple fruit recipe takes just minutes from beginning to end. Slice several bananas and sprinkle with cinnamon and honey. Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil and fry the bananas for a sweet, healthy snack that’s great after dinner or anytime you need to satisfy a sweet tooth.


22. Pecan Coconut Balls

You’ll need just five ingredients to get the benefits of coconuts and pecans in this easy, portable snack. Throw them in your lunch bag for a workday snack or chow down after working out.

Pecan Coconut balls Recipe, Dr. Axe Recipe Card

Pecan Coconut Balls, Dr. Axe Recipes

Pecan Coconut Balls / Dr. Axe

23. Vanilla Raspberry Chia Pudding

This pudding tastes like a dessert but it’s oh-so-good for you! Vanilla extract, raspberries, milk, and honey combine with lemon juice, chia seeds, and Greek yogurt for a snack you won’t be able to keep your hands off of! Bonus: it makes a yummy breakfast, too.

Vanilla Raspberry Chia Pudding

Vanilla Raspberry Chia Pudding / Not Enough Cinnamon

24. Very Cherry Snack Bar

Just four ingredients are needed for this filing bar that’s loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats — and there’s no cooking required! Throw these in your bag for a quick snack en route to work, school, or play.


25. Lemon Protein Bars

A healthy alternative to sugary, processed lemon bars, these protein bars are made with oat flour and applesauce for a filling snack that’s easy to grab and eat on the go.

Lemon Protein Bars, Dr. Axe Recipe Card

Lemon Protein Bars, Dr. Axe Recipes

Lemon Protein Bars / Dr. Axe

26. Yogurt-Covered Blueberries

This recipe can’t be any easier! Use your favorite cultured yogurt, like kefir or Greek, and, using a toothpick, dip blueberries. Place on a cookie sheet, freeze for an hour, and you have your own homemade yogurt berries! Strawberries, blackberries, or even grapes would be equally delicious.


27. Zucchini Bread Cookies

A cross between zucchini bread and an oatmeal raisin cookie, these cookies make an excellent snack — they’re a little sweet, full of wholesome ingredients, and one batch makes about two dozen. Wrap in an airtight container to keep them fresh for a few days.

zucchini bread cookies

Zucchini Bread Cookies / Vanilla and Spice

SAVORY SNACK IDEAS

28. Healthy Hummus With Flax Crackers

Need a new way to get in your kale fix? This healthy hummus is it. The superfood gets whipped up into a creamy hummus with the addition of chickpeas, lemon juice, and tahini. The result is a spread you’ll want to put on everything.

roasted garlic kale hummus with flaxseed crackers

Healthy Hummus with Flax Crackers / Oh My Veggies

29. English Muffin Pizzas

Skip the delivery and go homemade with these smaller versions of the cheesy favorite. The homemade sauce means you’ll know exactly what’s in them. Use your favorite sprouted grain English muffin brand and fresh cow’s milk mozzarella. You can even make these mini pizzas ahead of time and freeze. Just pop ‘em in a toaster oven when you’re ready to eat.


30. Cajun Roasted Chickpeas

Skip the bag of chips and munch on these roasted chickpeas instead. The Cajun-inspired seasonings provide a little heat, but feel free to use your own favorites — an Italian version with oregano and garlic would be delicious, too. You won’t feel bad about popping these in your mouth!

Cajun Roasted Chickpeas

Cajun Roasted Chickpeas / Emily Bites

31. Avocado Hummus Quesadilla

These hearty little quesadillas are perfect after-school snacks for the kiddos — or pre-dinner snacks for adults! Use sprouted grain or brown rice tortillas and a cookie cutter to make these mini quesadillas. Fill ‘em with avocado, hummus, cilantro, and fresh cow’s milk cheese and enjoy!


32. Zucchini Chips

Excellent for when you have an abundance of zucchini in your garden or at the farmer’s market, these chips are easy to make and easier to eat because they’re just that good! With just three ingredients (use sea salt instead of kosher), they come together quickly. Add your favorite herbs or seasonings to customize them, too.

zucchini chips

Zucchini Chips / Table for Two 

33. Chile Lime Tequila Popcorn 

Kid-friendly popcorn gets a grown-up kick in this zesty recipe. Freshly popped corn (go for your favorite organic brand) gets tossed with fresh butter, lime juice, jalapeno, cumin, red pepper flakes for extra heat, and tequila. It’s a great way to spice up a movie night.


34. No-Bake Granola Energy Bites

Another awesome no-bake recipe, these granola bites are packed with fiber and protein. Use almond or casher butter in place of the peanut variety for a healthy treat. They’re perfect pre- or post-workout and kids will love ‘em, too.

No Bake Granola Energy Bites Balls

No Bake Granola Energy Bites / The Comfort of Cooking

35. Crispy Chickpea Bites

Not quite falafel, not quite burgers, these chickpea bites are made with red onions and seasonings and then baked in the oven. The result is a chickpea patty that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Use coconut flour and homemade breadcrumbs for a snack that’s great in a sandwich, atop a salad, or just on its own.


36. Healthy Spicy Black Bean Dip

An upscale dip at a budget price, this spicy black bean hummus/dip hybrid is perfect for dunking veggies or using as a sandwich/quesadilla spread. Its south-of-the-border ingredients, like cilantro, lime juice, and salsa, make it a welcome addition to Mexican night, too.

Spicy black bean dip

Healthy Spicy Black Bean Dip / PBS Parents

37. Hummus

This classic recipe is one of my favorites. It’s a good snack to eat with veggies or spread on sprouted grain bread. Plus it uses staple ingredients and comes together in just minutes. You’ll want to put this on everything!


38. Healthy Sweet Potato Nachos

Nachos are an awesome snack while watching a movie, cheering on your favorite team, or when you just want something delicious. Baked sweet potatoes stand in for tortilla chips to make this list of healthy snack ideas. Your nachos will still be loaded — with nutrients, healthy fats, and flavor. Top ’em with yogurt, black beans, avocado, and a sprinkle of fresh cow’s cheese or goat cheese. 

Sweet potato nachos

Healthy Sweet Potato Nachos / Savory Style

39. No-Bake Almond Butter Flax Balls

Similar to a cookie but better because they’re actually good for you, these no-bake balls are a perfect snack anytime of day. They require just six ingredients but they’re chockfull of flavor.


40. Paprika and Chili Kale Chips 

The current “it” food, kale gets the chip treatment in this simple recipe. With paprika, chili, and crushed red pepper adding extra heat, you won’t reach for the potato chips anymore after making these!


41. Super Seedy Trail Mix With Almonds, Chia, and Cranberries

This trail mix is loaded with some of my favorites, like heart-healthy almonds, crunchy pumpkin seeds, and just a teeny bit of dark chocolate chips. The sweetness comes from natural honey and dried cranberries. Throw it on top of a bowl of yogurt for a quick mid-morning snack.

Quick Almond Chia Cranberry Granola trail mix

Super Seedy Trail Mix with Almonds, Chia, and Cranberry / Feed Me Phoebe

42. Pico de Gallo

This quick and easy pico recipe is one of the most perfect healthy snack ideas when you’re craving Mexican or Tex-Mex. Use it to top a salad, to dip chips and veggies into, or spread on a sprouted grain English muffin with a little sprinkle of fresh cow’s cheddar cheese for a unique snack.

Pico De Gallo Recipe, Dr. Axe Recipe Card

pico de gallo

Pico de Gallo / Dr. Axe

43. Quick Crackers

These ridiculously easy crackers are perfect as a vehicle for hummus, salsa, or to nibble on their own. Feel free to add extra seasonings, too. And with only common four ingredients necessary, you can make these in a snap.


44. Ranch Dressing With Greek Yogurt

Perfect to dunk freshly cut veggies in or to use as a spread, this homemade dressing nixes all the icky preservatives. By using Greek yogurt, you’ll get the creaminess you’re used to with all the healthy benefits. Try using fresh dill as your herb of choice.

greek yogurt ranch dip

Ranch Dressing with Greek Yogurt / Real Food Real Deals

45. Raw Zucchini Squash Sandwiches With Sprouted Hummus

Use sprouted grain or sourdough bread, or skip the bread altogether, and opt for using zucchini slices instead. Top it with your favorite hummus, sugar snap peas, fresh tomato slices, and basil for a crunchy, satisfying “sandwich” that’s perfect for a midday snack or light lunch.


46. Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip

Perfect for adding extra flavor to veggies or your favorite chips, this creamy avocado-based dip is full of fresh ingredients like jalapenos, cilantro, and garlic and is super simple to make.


47. Spiced Nuts

This wildly simple recipe turns regular old nuts into a fragrant, spicy treat. Use them to top a salad or eat ‘em by the handful. They also make a great addition to a homemade trail mix. Bonus: wrap nuts in pretty packaging, tie with a bow, and give them to guests as a dinner party souvenir.

pSpiced Nuts, pecans

Spiced Nuts / Dr. Axe

48. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds 

Not only are these pumpkin seeds great for snacking on their own, they make a crunchy addition to a homemade trail mix and they’re fun to make as a kids’ project. Eat them whole and enjoy!


49. Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

When you’re craving game-day wings, these bites will satisfy even the most hardcore buffalo fans. Cauliflower is baked then smothered in a hot sauce and butter combo. For the healthiest results, use coconut flour in place of all purpose and grass-fed cow’s butter.

Spicy buffalo cauliflower bites

Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites / Skinny Taste

50. Strawberry Chocolate Bombshells

This snack looks decadent but you won’t feel guilty about indulging. Dip fresh strawberries in melted chocolate (I recommend dark) and sprinkle with sea salt. Refrigerate until hard and enjoy! It’s excellent when craving a sweet snack after dinner.


51. Zucchini Pizza Bites

Who needs a pizza crust when you’ve got zucchini? These mini pizzas are a perfect bit-size mini-meal, and that’s why they make my list of healthy snack ideas. I love how you get the bubbly cheese and sauce with an extra dose of veggies! Skip the optional pepperoni or use beef pepperoni with no nitrates and sprinkle some fresh basil on these instead.

Zucchini Pizza Bites

Zucchini Pizza Bites / The Comfort of Cooking
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