Snacks

Snacks that are actually good for you.

Baked Plantain Chips

It’s official: baked plantain chips are my new favorite snack. I’ve always been curious about the big, fat plantains I always see at the grocery store. They looked like bananas, but I knew they were different, and upon researching online, I quickly learned that unlike bananas, plantains (considered a safe starch) require cooking. Green plantains are starchy, not sweet at all, and can be fried or baked; yellow, ripe plantains are mildly sweet and are excellent when sauteed with butter or coconut oil and cinnamon.

So. These baked plantain chips. Wow. Delicious, mildly spicy, and very flavorful. Great with guacamole, just as great on their own. And so easy to make! The only difficult part in this recipe is slicing the plantain thinly enough to produce crisp chips – the thinner you can get them, the crispier they will be, but I can tell you from personal experience that even the too-thick slices are delicious. They’re not as crispy, but nevertheless they are very, very tasty. Click for the recipe

Cheesy Garlic Bread

This delicious cheesy garlic bread is gluten free. I make it with almond flour, and add a little yeast to the dough, not to make the dough rise but for flavor. The slightly yeasty flavor makes this tender cheesy garlic bread very similar to yeast bread. Cheesy, garlicky and buttery, the only thing not to like about this cheesy garlic bread is that it’s calorie-dense (like all baked goods made with almond flour). However, it’s also very filling – a little goes a long way. Click for the recipe

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

What’s not to like about bacon wrapped meatloaf? Well-seasoned ground beef, wrapped in bacon and baked into hot, juicy perfection. I’m in! But these mini little bacon wrapped meatloaves are even better – they are delicious, cute, portable, and can be held with your hands if you so wish. They make a great appetizer or snack, and a delicious entree. Click for the recipe

Gluten Free Crackers

These gluten free crackers amazed me when I first made them, because I was expecting a compromise, but these are better than wheat crackers. Savory, crisp and very flavorful, the almond flour gives them a wonderfully nutty flavor and a crunchy texture. Click for the recipe

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Tasty cheese roll ups make a quick, easy snack – the perfect game day snack. They are easy to make, quick, low-carb and gluten-free, and are wonderful by themselves, or dipped into pizza sauce or guacamole. Click for the recipe

Roasted Chestnuts

Roasted chestnuts are so comforting! Rich, warm, buttery and flavorful, all they need is roasting – sure, you could drizzle them with seasoned butter if you wish but truly, roasted chestnuts are amazing on their own.

The roasting itself is easy – it’s peeling roasted chestnuts that most find challenging. I have learned over the years that the best way to ensure relatively easy peeling is to peel the chestnuts while they’re still hot – maybe not hot enough to burn your fingers, but hot enough for it to feel uncomfortable! Once cooled, roasted chestnuts are very difficult to peel. Click for the recipe

Low Carb Pizza Crust Made from Shirataki Noodles

I’m not a saint. I love pizza – does anyone not love pizza? – but I don’t like the grains/gluten, and even gluten-free pizza crusts tend to be very high in carbs (and not very healthy carbs at that) and in calories. My cauliflower pizza crust is excellent, but now that I’ve fallen in love with zero-carb shirataki noodles, I was curious to see if I could make a low-carb pizza crust using them.

It took a couple of tries, but I’m happy to report that shirataki noodles make a lovely zero-carb pizza crust. Just like cauliflower pizza crust, the crust you get here is different than regular pizza crust – it’s softer, although shirataki low carb pizza crust is sturdier than cauliflower pizza crust and is easier to hold. In terms of taste, it’s fairly neutral, allowing the toppings to take center stage, as they should. Click for the recipe