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Healthier, budget-friendly snacks the whole family will love

Healthier Peanut Butter Cheesecake Strawberry Bites

Which of these delectable (and very easy!) finger foods will become your new favourite?

With spring upon us, switching indulgent snacks for healthier, lighter treats just comes with the seasonal territory. These delicious recipes will keep the whole family satisfied while keeping the budget in shape. Try one today and then prepare some to enjoy later in the week; that way, you’ve always got something snackable on hand.


Peanut butter cheesecake strawberry bites

These bite-sized snacks are big on fruity flavour and crunchy peanut goodness, and feature the added protein and calcium power of cottage cheese. If you’re preparing them in advance, try using ice-cube trays to stand each filled strawberry up in – depending on their size, you might even be able to fit two to a hole. Then pop them in the fridge until you’re ready to watch them disappear!

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Healthier Crunchy Barbecue Air-fryer Chickpeas


Crunchy barbecue air-fryer chickpeas

Chickpeas are cheap, versatile protein powerhouses. These super-tasty nibbles are perfect to serve with drinks or to snack on at any time. No air fryer? Use the recipe as your guide, but then spread the chickpeas over a lined baking tray and bake in a preheated 200°C oven, turning occasionally. Once they’ve cooled completely, store them in an airtight container to keep them crisp.

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Healthier Loaded Apple & Spice Muffins


Healthier loaded apple & spice muffins

Full of yoghurt and topped with crisp apple, these muffins make a terrific morning or afternoon teatime treat – and will satisfy hungry kids until dinner time. The muffins are a delicious stand-alone lunchbox snack, too, simply sprinkled with a little extra spice. And remember the golden rule of muffin-making: don’t over-mix the batter; the ingredients only need to be just combined!

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Healthier Bang Bang Broccoli


Bang bang broccoli

You may never have to say “eat your greens!” again, with these quick and easy crunchy broccoli bites. The batter and breadcrumb combination works well as a coating for a variety of veggies, such as cauliflower florets, whole green beans, pumpkin slices or even mushrooms. If you don’t have panko, you can substitute regular dried breadcrumbs.

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Mexican-style Fruit Cups


Mexican-style fruit cups

This zingy recipe is endlessly variable; use whatever fruit’s in season (or in your fruit bowl). If there are chilli-averse members of the family, simply serve the dressing separately, so everyone can help themselves, and feel free to arrange the fruit on a single platter instead of individual glasses. A few small mint leaves would make a fragrant addition, too.

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Healthier Chocolate-coated Banana Popsicles


Chocolate-coated banana popsicles

These delicious, energy-packed popsicles are set to be all the family’s go-to healthier treat or fun dessert. They’re the perfect size for hungry kids and adult sweet-tooths alike, and only take minutes to prepare before you pop them into the freezer. If peanut butter is out of the question, try replacing it with another nut butter, such as cashew or almond.

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