23 Healthy Snacks You Can Make in 5 Minutes

stuna salad spread

Reach for these simple recipes when you need a post-workout nosh, a quick afternoon snack or a mid-morning bite. You'll find ideas for one-serving snack plates in this mix, plus fun ideas for topped toast and seasoned popcorn. Recipes like our Healthy Chocolate Milk Recovery Drink and Tuna Salad Spread are simple enough to whip up in five minutes, so you can have something delicious on your hands whenever the mood strikes.

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Peanut Butter & Cereal Banana Skewers


Sure, cereal with milk is great and all, but why stop there? Skewer banana halves on popsicle sticks and roll in your favorite cereal for a fun on-the-go breakfast, or freeze for a couple of hours to enjoy as a chilled treat.

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Apple & Peanut Butter Toast

Apple & Peanut Butter Toast

A pinch of ground cardamom punches up the flavor in this classic combo of apples and peanut butter on toast.

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Tuna Salad Spread


This healthy twist on tuna salad uses avocado and Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise. Serve it on cucumber slices, butter lettuce leaves or whole-grain crackers.

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Hard-Boiled Egg with Hot Sauce


Add a little spice to your day by topping a protein-rich egg with hot sauce. It's a simple snack to help power you through your day.

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Peanut Butter & Hemp Banana

Peanut Butter & Hemp Banana
Johnny Autry

Hemp hearts add texture and nuttiness to this easy three-ingredient snack. Either creamy or crunchy peanut butter works well here.

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Healthy Chocolate Milk Recovery Drink

Healthy Chocolate Milk Recovery Drink
Photographer / Jennifer Causey, Food Stylist / Karen Rankin, Prop Stylist / Christine Keely

Recover from your next workout with this healthy chocolate milk recovery drink. Avocado adds creaminess while chocolate and peanut butter give it a satisfying salty-sweet flavor. Oats will fill you up with their added boost of fiber.

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Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers

Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers
Ted & Chelsea Cavanaugh

A quick spread of pimiento cheese stuffs these mini bell peppers for an easy, three-ingredient appetizer.

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Pecan Butter & Pear Toast

Pecan Butter & Pear Toast
Ted & Chelsea Cavanaugh

For a quick breakfast or snack, try this three-ingredient toast. Pecan butter adds a nutty flavor, which gets balanced by the natural sweetness of the pear.

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3-Ingredient Kalamata-Olive Hummus

3-Ingredient jazzed up hummus
Photo by: Jamie Vespa, M.S., R.D.

Who doesn't like hummus? It's an easy snack or appetizer as is, but jazzing it up with simple toppings can make it feel like a special starter. Here we top store-bought hummus with Kalamata olives and olive oil (a staple ingredient that doesn't count toward our three!) and serve it with crunchy pita chips.

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Cashew Butter & Clementine Toast

Cashew Butter & Clementine Toast
Ted & Chelsea Cavanaugh

This three-ingredient toast uses a fresh clementine and cashew butter for a twist on the classic PB & J. Enjoy this toast for a quick breakfast or snack.

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3-Ingredient Smoked Fish Dip with Capers

3-Ingredient Smoked Fish Dip
Jamie Vespa, M.S., R.D.

There are two kinds of people when it comes to smoked fish dip—those who love it and those who haven't tried it yet! Made with cream cheese, herbs and smoked trout, smoked salmon or a mix of both, it's a creamy, savory dip that takes your appetizer table up a notch. Top it with briny capers and serve with baguette slices and you have yourself a delicious app that is sure to impress.

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Peanut Butter & Pomegranate Toast

Peanut Butter & Pomegranate Toast
ted + chelsea cavanaugh

For all the flavor of a classic PB&J without the added sugar, just reach for the real deal—fresh fruit. You still get a little natural sweetness and enough juiciness to combat peanut butter's stick-factor, plus some extra fiber. Padma Lakshmi—who shared this recipe when she guest-edited EatingWell Magazine—loves a combo of peanut butter and pomegranate arils (and her Instagram followers went crazy for it too), but you can replicate the formula with whatever nut butter and fruit you love.

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Chickpea Snack Salad

Chickpea Snack Salad
Ted Cavanaugh

Take 5 minutes to toss together a fiber-rich chickpea and tomato salad for a satisfying snack.

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Rice Cake Snackwich

Rice Cake Snackwich
Ted Cavanaugh

Upgrade your rice cake snack with a schmear of almond butter and some sliced apple. This quick sandwich boasts 5 grams each of fiber and protein to help keep you satisfied.

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Spiced-Yogurt Tomato Salad & Naan

Spiced Yogurt Tomato & Naan
Ted & Chelsea Cavanaugh

Here we make a creamy tomato salad perfect for scooping up and eating with your favorite naan, or any flatbread you have on hand will do.

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Taco Dip with Tomato Wedges

Taco Dip with Tomato Wedges
Ted & Chelsea Cavanaugh

Enjoy a fresh tomato in all its ripe glory with this simple creamy dip. A little taco seasoning, lime and cheese adds tons of flavor to protein-packed Greek yogurt for a satisfying snack.

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Grapes & Cheese


Sweet and savory is the definition of this satisfying snack.

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Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter


Top multigrain rice cakes with creamy peanut butter for a nutritious snack with protein and fiber to keep you feeling full.

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Pistachio & Peach Toast


This breakfast is great when you have leftover ricotta cheese--plus it comes together in just 5 minutes.

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Everything Bagel Microwave Popcorn


Full of umami-rich flavors inspired by the classic bagel, this easy popcorn snack is sure to make your mouth water.

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Mascarpone & Berries Toast

Mascarpone & Berries Toast

Creamy mascarpone is delightful when topped with mixed berries and mint for this bright-tasting, easy and healthy breakfast toast.

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Peppers & Carrots with Hummus


This simple snack of nutritious veggies with protein- and fiber-rich hummus will keep your hunger at bay.

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Hard-Boiled Egg & Almonds


This small snack packs a nutrient punch—it's loaded with protein, heart-healthy fats, vitamins and minerals to make eating healthy easy and yummy.

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