When you're working from home, the fridge and pantry are only steps away. But navigating between Zoom calls, excel sheets, household chores, and home-schooling the kids, can leave you with little time or energy to fix a snack for yourself. When those "hangry" feelings strike, we've got you covered with our essential recipe collection of work-at-home snacks. You'll find great ideas here for tasty and nutritious snacks you can assemble in minutes, including some you can batch-cook on the weekend and stash in the fridge or freezer, to satisfy your hunger while managing your to-do list.
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Mexican Puppy Chow Snack Mix
Sweet, sour, and salty, Mexican puppy chow is a beloved snacking treat. While many versions exist, our combo switches up the classic with sweetened cereal, semi-sweet and white chocolate, cinnamon gummies, peanuts, powdered sugar, and spicy Mexican elements. It's sure to be a hit north or south of any border.
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Both gluten-free and high in protein, classic deviled eggs are easy to make and stash in the fridge for an instant snack when you need a boost of energy. If making ahead, store the egg white halves and yolk filling in separate, airtight containers for combining when hunger strikes.
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Copycat Orange Julius Smoothie
Recreate your favorite shopping mall smoothie with this genius copycat recipe. Not only does our homemade orange Julius have far fewer calories than the original, it needs only 4 ingredients and takes mere seconds to whip up in the blender. Use whole milk for the classic version or swap in coconut milk for a truly tropical fruit smoothie.
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Banana Nut Bread
Tender, fluffy, and infused with sweet fruit flavor, banana nut bread is the most hands-down delicious way to use up over-ripe bananas. It is easy to bake up in a loaf pan with basic ingredients and can turn into an even more indulgent treat with chocolate chips. Keep it moist for days by wrapping the cooled loaf tightly in plastic wrap and storing at room temperature in an airtight bag.Continue to 5 of 26 below.
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Peanut Butter Hummus
Working from home just got a whole lot tastier with this crave-worthy peanut butter hummus. Whizz up a big batch in the food processor with a handful of pantry ingredients for a protein-rich dip you can enjoy with pita triangles, raw veggies, or breadsticks.
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Who says every snack has to be virtuous? Inspired by two kid-favorite after-school treats, cheesy Doritos-crusted Babybels are like a mini-break for your mind and a treat for your senses. Make it your own adventure with any flavor of Doritos combined with your choice of cheddar, mozzarella, or any other Babybel cheese rounds.
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Perfect Blueberry Muffins
When you can't run out to Starbucks, these moist and scrumptious blueberry muffins will satisfy a coffeehouse snack craving. This classic recipe is easy enough for even novice bakers, and can be made with either fresh or thawed and drained frozen blueberries. They freeze beautifully for warming at a moment's notice in the microwave.
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A nutritious, mid-afternoon snack of guacamole and chips can offer the fuel you need to stay focused until the workday is done. This simple guacamole recipe will keep you coming back for more, and works double time as game day grub. Enjoy it with tortilla chips, crackers, or make it a spread for toasted bread.Continue to 9 of 26 below.
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Quick and Easy Popcorn Balls
If you can spare 15 minutes in your workday, you've got enough time to pop up a big batch of these sweet and salty popcorn balls. You need just a handful of ingredients for this irresistible snack that will hit all your cravings. Make extra for movie night, game day, or your next picnic.
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Air Fryer Potato Chips
Air fryer potato chips are as crunchy as you want them to be, and need only 3 simple ingredients. What's more, they are so low in fat and calories, you can feel great about chowing down on them at your desk. To keep them crisp for days, store homemade chips in an airtight container in a cool, dry location (not in the fridge).
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Homemade Granola Bars
Chewy homemade granola bars make a perfect weekday snack, or even a quick breakfast on busy days. They are just sweet enough and will stick with you until it's time to clock out. These bars include almond, sunflower seeds, and coconut, but you easily tweak them with your favorite dried fruits, nuts, and seeds, or even chocolate chunks.
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Quick Microwave Nachos
Quick and easy microwave nachos make a great workday snack. Not only are they insanely tasty, but you need just 5 minutes to assemble and heat them with your favorite nacho toppings. The key is using a soft or semi-soft melting cheese, such as cheddar or Monterey Jack, which will ooze perfectly over the crispy base layer of tortilla chips.Continue to 13 of 26 below.
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Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups
Buffalo chicken tortilla roll-ups are full of protein and pub-style flavors. Roll up a tray of these spicy, tangy, chicken wing-flavored pinwheels with fewer than 10 ingredients, including store-bought rotisserie chicken and jarred wing sauce. Store them in the fridge for fending off hangry feelings or writer's block.
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Copycat Auntie Anne's Pretzels
When visiting the mall is out of the question, our copycat Auntie Anne's recipe will satisfy a desire for crunchy, chewy soft pretzels. They are surprisingly easy to make, fun to twist up, and require only a little proofing time. Bake them ahead for your freezer when you want a midday treat.
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Oven-roasted peanuts are a healthy, convenient snack that will fill your kitchen with a heavenly aroma. They taste delicious, offer a quick source of protein, and are a great portable snack when you are on-the-go. You need nothing more than shelled peanuts to make them, plus your oven and 30 minutes of cooking time.
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Baked apple chips are crunchy, naturally sweet, and a guilt-free solution to those afternoon chip cravings. Bake them slowly in the oven with just 4 ingredients. They make a great solo snack, and can be chopped up as a tasty topping for your morning oatmeal, too. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.Continue to 17 of 26 below.
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Vegan Olive Tapenade
Vegan olive tapenade is like an umami-bomb on crackers. It is a delicious way to wake up your senses between meetings or a nice reward for finishing up the workday, perhaps with crusty baguette slices and a glass of chilled white wine. It keeps well in the fridge up to 2 weeks, stored in an airtight container.
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Fluffy, tender, and a little sweet, you may find it hard to resist scarfing down more than one yogurt scone at a time. With a cup of afternoon tea, they offer a nice mini-break from the workday grind and can be tweaked to your taste with a variety of add-ins. Bake them ahead for the freezer, storing up to 3 months, and microwave briefly to reheat.
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One-Bowl Oatmeal Jam Bars
Crisp, sweet, salty, and fruity, these oatmeal jam bars are the stuff of your cookie bar dreams. They pack plenty of healthy fiber and nutrition from rolled oats, while tasting like a treat. Make them a regular part of your afternoon tea or coffee break, freezing leftover cookies in an airtight bag.
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Devilishly Spicy Chex Mix
Forget about store-bought Chex mix. You'll never go back once you try this spicy rendition of the popular, crunchy snack. With Buffalo-seasoned pretzels, Bugles, Flamin' Hot Cheetos, sriracha sauce, and cayenne pepper, our party mix packs an unbelievable kick to jolt you out of any mid-afternoon slump. Store in an airtight container on the counter.Continue to 21 of 26 below.
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Vegetarian Black Bean and Hummus Wrap
Filling, nutritious, and packed with healthy plant protein, there is so much to love about burrito-style vegetarian wraps with black beans and hummus inside. They taste great warm out of the oven, and can be frozen ahead and wrapped in foil for easy reheating. They make a tasty breakfast-on-the-go, or a nutritious breakfast-for-dinner idea, too.
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Canned Homemade Dill Pickle Slices
Pickles don't get the attention they deserve. Yes, they perk up just about any sandwich or salad, but they are a star on their own. These homemade dill pickles take a bit of prep time in advance, but their zippy punch is worth it. Store the finished pickles in a cool dark place for a few weeks before using for maximum flavor.
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Turkey jerky isn't just something you find at the gas station. Paleo, gluten-free, and Keto-friendly, a 2-oz serving of beef jerky has less than 200 calories, but 25 grams of protein. This recipe breaks it down from marination to meat cut for the perfect bite to your next working session.
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Tostones: Twice-Fried Green Plantain Chips
Tostones need no introduction. Perfectly chewy and golden-crisp, they are the afternoon break to reinvigorate your soul. This recipe is good for beginners who are trying their hands at cooking plantains for the first time. Go the extra step to whip up a dipping sauce for all the right feels.Continue to 25 of 26 below.
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Perfect Jammy Eggs
Just in case we weren't clear in the title, these eggs are perfect in every jammy way. A jammy egg, one with a tender white and a still-barely-liquid pool in the center of the yolk, is a tricky thing to achieve. Serve them with simply with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, over a hot bowl of oats, or oozing onto a plate of greens.
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Frico is a simple and oh-so delicious Italian snack. Plain and simple, they are cheese chips. Typically prepared with grated Parmesan, frico can be used as an served as a snack, garnich, or offered as an appetizer before an Italian meal. Eat them on their own, spread over a crisp salad, dunked in warm tomato soup, or however your stomach desires.