Food & Nutrition

14 Tasty Snacks You Can Make Using 3 Ingredients

When you need something quick but more exciting than a banana, whip together one of these snacks that nutritionists, chefs, and food bloggers love.

Apple “pizza”

apple pizzacourtesy hellofresh

A twist on the universal favorite, this recipe is super easy and tastes so yummy, says Claudia Sidoti, head chef at Hello Fresh.


  • Apple
  • Any nut or seed butter
  • Toppings, such as raisins, blueberries, coconut flakes, or granola


Core and thinly slice the apple before letting your little sous chefs slather, top, and sprinkle to their hearts’ content.

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TAC Sandwich

TAC sandwichCourtesy Larisha campbell,

There’s zero need for bread with this turkey, apple, and cheese sandwich, a gluten-free snack created by Larisha Campbell of


  • Sliced turkey
  • Apple
  • Sliced cheese, such as cheddar or Swiss


Core and thinly slice an apple width-wise, then layer on turkey slices and cheese, and top with another apple slice. Enjoy! Stock up on these 19 nutritionist-approved snacks nutritionists eat in the car.

Trail mix

twisted trail mixCourtesy HelloFresh

“When it comes to trail mix, there’s no right or wrong way to compose your own nutty, seedy, and slightly sweet blend,” Sidoti says. Use this recipe as a starting point.


  • ¾ cup each of your choice of nuts and seeds (try almonds and sunflower seeds, or walnuts and pumpkin seeds)
  • ¾ cup of dried fruit, such as dried cranberries, cherries, or raisins
  • ½ cup each sweet ingredients, like coconut flakes and dark chocolate chunks


Dump all the ingredients in a bowl, toss, then let the snacking begin!

Energy balls

date ballsCourtesy

Lara bars are basically just nuts and dates, says Sarah Cook who runs the blog For this homemade version, feel free to mix and match add-ons such as cocoa powder, unsweetened shredded coconut, and vanilla extract.


  • 1 cup nuts cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, or a mixture
  • 15 to 18 dates, pitted
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla and/or unsweetened shredded coconut


Pulse nuts in a food processor until they are in small pieces. Some larger pieces will remain, and some of the pieces will be very small. Add the pitted dates, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Process until the mixture comes together in one large ball. Depending on the size of the dates, you may need to add a few more to get the mixture to come together.

Pinch off a small bit of mixture and roll it into a ball about the size of a small ping-pong ball. If desired, roll the ball in unsweetened shredded coconut. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to three weeks. Try these other 10 easy energy balls that are downright addictive.

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