For a family-friendly evening or a cozy date night in, or you can’t go wrong with a movie—and having something to snack on as you watch always enhances the experience. While many of the usual go-to’s may lack the nutrients you’re after, that doesn’t mean your movie munchies have to be abandoned altogether.
If you’d like something a little more nutritious to chomp on while you take in the latest streaming flick, making your own snacks is always a smart choice. Here are 5 nutrient-packed homemade options that’ll give you the sweet or savory flavor you crave.
1. Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
These pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies set the autumnal tone as you snuggle up in front of a scary movie on a chilly fall evening. Their generous dose of pumpkin packs vitamin A, potassium, and fiber, while oats boost fiber and vitamins of their own. Mixed in just one bowl, these soft and chewy cookies make for easy cleanup—so you can enjoy the show (and not worry about doing a ton of dishes).
2. Stovetop Cinnamon Apple Popcorn
Plain buttered popcorn’s got nothing on this tasty, naturally flavored stovetop cinnamon apple version. To make, simply heat heart-healthy avocado oil in a saucepan, then pop kernels the old-fashioned way on the stovetop. Once the popping is complete, sprinkle with cinnamon (or other earthy spices like nutmeg or cloves) and toss in a handful of dried apple chips. Serve in festive popcorn bowls and enjoy!
3. Nut and Dried Fruit Dark Chocolate Bark
For some folks, having something chocolatey on hand is a must on movie night—but lots of chocolate candies don’t have much to offer nutritionally. That’s not the case with this nut and dried fruit dark chocolate bark! Not only will you reap the benefits of dark chocolate’s high antioxidant content, you’ll also add protein and healthy fats with the addition of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. Feel free to make this recipe your own signature creation by substituting your favorite trail mix ingredients.
4.Mocha Dusted Almonds
Research shows that people who eat nuts every day have decreased risk of obesity and long-term weight gain. Time to add them to the grocery list! These mocha-dusted almonds will help you up to your intake of nuts on movie night.
Creating your own mocha-dusted nuts isn’t as daunting as you might think. After toasting whole almonds for three minutes in a skillet, you’ll blend a simple mixture of cocoa powder, instant coffee, and stevia powder. Combine the nuts and the powder in a bowl, stirring to coat. From there, you can dig right into your elegant treats (while soaking up the benefits of their heart-healthy fats and the antioxidant flavanols in cocoa).
5. Gluten-Free Rice Crispy Treats
People on a GF diet don’t need to worry about accidentally consuming gluten with these DIY rice crispy treats. The classic treat gets an allergen-friendly makeover with the use of certified gluten-free rice cereal and marshmallows (which are usually naturally gluten-free). Need to make this dairy-free as well? Try coconut oil or a non-dairy shortening in place of butter. Then get ready for stretchy, gooey movie snacking.