How to Make High Protein Snacks: 8 Easy Recipes

When hunger hits and you don’t have much time to prepare a large meal, snacks can be a good alternative. Sadly, most store-bought snacks can be high in sugar and additives. An easy solution is to prepare them yourself, making sure that they’re nutritious and healthy.

5-Minute Crafts wants to share 8 quick snack recipes that are packed with protein to help you stay full and satisfied for longer.

1. No-bake oatmeal bars

You will need:

  • Rolled oats — 2 cups (6.34 oz or 180 grams)
  • Almond butter (you can substitute with peanut butter) — 3/4 cup (6.35 oz or 180 grams)
  • Honey — 1/4 cup (3 oz or 85 grams)
  • Protein powder — 1/4 cup (24 grams)
  • Grated coconut — 1/4 cup (2/3 oz or 19 grams)

How to make it:

Step 1: In a bowl, mix rolled oats and protein powder thoroughly.

Step 2: Put honey and almond butter in a small bowl and put it into a microwave for 10-15 seconds (or until they get soft). Add them to the oats mixed with protein.

Step 3: Add in grated coconut and mix.

Step 4: Take a cake pan and cover it with wax paper (or parchment paper). Transfer the mixture into the cake pan and put it into the freezer for 20-30 minutes. After this, cut everything into small, snack-size bars.

2. Berry and chia yogurt parfait

You will need:

  • Plain greek yogurt — 2 cups (19.7 oz or 560 grams)
  • Chia seeds — 2 teaspoons (0.4 oz or 7 grams)
  • Honey — 2 tablespoons (1.5 oz or 43 grams)
  • Granola — 1/2 cup (1.8 oz or 60 gram)
  • Fresh or frozen berries of your choice — 1/2 cup (3 oz or 83 grams)
  • Cinnamon — 1/2 teaspoon (0.18 oz or 5 grams)

How to make it:

Step 1: Add greek yogurt, chia seeds, honey, and cinnamon into a small bowl, and mix.

Step 2: Transfer the parfait into a small container of your choice. Sprinkle it with granola and berries.

3. Roasted chickpeas

You will need:

  • Chickpeas (cooked, drained) — 14 oz or 400 grams
  • Fresh parsley, chopped — a handful
  • The juice of a lemon — 1/2
  • Salt — 1/2 teaspoon
  • Paprika — 1 tablespoon
  • Olive oil — 2 tablespoons
  • Garlic powder — 1/2 teaspoon (optional)

How to make it:

Step 1: Take a skillet or frying pan and heat oil on it. Add the chickpeas and roast until they turn slightly brown.

Step 2: Add salt, paprika, garlic powder, and chopped parsley. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon and drizzle it over your chickpeas. Cook for around 1-2 minutes more, and the snack is ready.

4. Tuna avocado boat

You will need:

  • Avocado — 1
  • Canned tuna, drained — 1 can
  • Red onion, diced — 1/4
  • Cherry tomato — 1
  • Mayonnaise — 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice — 1/2 teaspoon
  • Parsley, chopped — 1 tablespoon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to make it:

Step 1: Slice the avocado lengthwise, peel the skin, and remove its pit. Scoop the avocado pulp out from its skin to create boats. Dice the avocado.

Step 2: In a bowl, add tuna, mayonnaise, chopped red onion, chopped parsley, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper and mix thoroughly. Add diced avocado and mix.

Step 3: Stuff the avocado halves with tuna salad. Add some tomato pieces on top.

5. Chocolate protein cookies

You will need:

  • Natural creamy peanut butter — 1 cup (8.5 oz or 240 grams)
  • Coconut sugar (or light brown sugar) — 1/2 cup (3.4 oz or 95 grams)
  • Chocolate whey protein powder — 1/2 cup (1.7 oz 48 grams)
  • Large eggs — 2
  • Small chocolate chips (optional) — 1/3 cup (2 oz or 53 grams)
  • Some coconut oil (optional)

How to make it:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350ºF (176ºC). In a bowl, mix peanut butter, chocolate protein powder, eggs, and coconut sugar thoroughly. If the batter’s consistency is crumbly, add 1-2 teaspoons of melted coconut oil. The consistency should be creamy, like cookie dough.

Step 2: Spray a baking sheet with cooking oil. With your hands, take around 2 tablespoons of dough and form a cookie out of it. Place your cookies on the baking sheet.

Step 3: If you want, decorate your cookies with chocolate chips. Place the baking tray into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350ºF (176ºC).

Step 4: After 10-12 minutes, remove the tray from the oven and let the cookies cool for 15 minutes.

6. Turkey roll-ups with cucumber

You will need:

  • Turkey deli meat
  • Small cucumbers — 2
  • Whipped cream cheese

How to make it:

Step 1: Spread some cream cheese onto turkey deli meat.

Step 2: Cut cucumbers into sticks and put them into the center of a turkey deli meat slice. Roll up each slice.

7. Baked cheesy zucchini bites

You will need:

  • Shredded zucchini, not peeled — 1.5 cups
  • Large egg, beaten — 1
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded (or blended cheddar and Monterey jack) — 1/4-1/2 cup (1-2 oz or 59-117 grams)
  • Bread crumbs — 1/4 cup (0.75 oz or 30 grams)
  • Dried basil — 1/4 teaspoon (or 1-2 teaspoons of fresh basil)
  • Garlic powder — 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt — 1/4 teaspoon
  • Pepper — 1/8 teaspoon

How to make it:

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425ºF (200ºC). Cover a baking sheet with some parchment paper and spray some oil on it.

Step 2: Take a clean kitchen towel, place the zucchini pieces on it, and wrap them. Squeeze the zucchini to get rid of any excess water. The zucchini needs to be really dry.

Step 3: In a bowl, add the dried zucchini, a beaten egg, cheese, bread crumbs, and spices. Mix thoroughly.

Step 4: Take some of the zucchini mixture and place it onto the parchment paper, then flatten it a bit. Put the tray into the oven and bake for 16-20 minutes until the edges are golden.

8. Cottage cheese with nuts

You will need:

  • Almonds — 1/4 cup (1 oz or 25 grams)
  • Walnuts — 1/4 cup (1 oz or 25 grams)
  • Cottage cheese — 3/4 cup (6 oz or 170 grams)
  • Blueberries (fresh or frozen) — 1/2 cup (2.2 oz or 60 grams)
  • Cinnamon — 1/8 teaspoons

How to make it:

Step 1: In a bowl, add all the ingredients together. Enjoy!

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