Most health care professionals will probably tell you not to ear too late at night because it can lead to obesity. And they are probably right. But, I believe in everything in moderation. Enjoying a late-night snack with the ones you love is a treat, not a habit. Here are some of my favorite late-night snack favorites that I’m sure your family will love, too!
The trick to the perfect late-night snack is that it is light. It is a snack, not a meal. Some simple late-night snack ideas include whole fruits like bananas, apples, grapes, oranges, and kiwi. Fruit makes wonderful snacks because they are sweet, tasty, and nutritious while still being light. Vegetable snacks can be great, as well. Celery with peanut butter, carrot sticks or raw broccoli with dip, or even cucumber slices with a little salt. These are also very nutritious late-night snack options while still being satisfying.
However, not every snack option needs to be super healthy. Below are a couple of options that are delicious but, not as nutritious.
Late Night snacksicles
- 1 (15-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk
- 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2/3 cup half and half
- 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
- 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 big handful ritz crackers, crumbled
- 1 big handful pretzels
- 4 or 5 peanut butter cups, chopped
- 2/3 cup mini m&m’s
- In a large bowl, whisk together the milk and vanilla bean paste. Stir in the graham crumbs with a spatula. Fill the popsicle molds about 1/4 of the way full, then crumbed in a few pieces of crackers, pretzels, peanut butter cups and m&m’s. I repeat this a few times until the mixture reaches the top – just make sure there is liquid in the entire mold to “hold” the snacks in!
- Freeze the pops for one hour, then after an entire, stick a popsicle stick down into the milk. Freezer for 4 to 6 hours, or overnight. To release the pops, set the mold in a bowl/pan/dish/tub of warm water for 30 to 60 seconds. Gently pull out the popsicles!
Late Night Snack Cookies
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
- 1 egg + 1 yolk
- 1 Tbsp heavy cream or milk
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cups chopped Snickers candy, frozen
- 4–5 cups thick-cut salted potato chips (I used Kettle Chips)
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper set aside.
- In the bowl of stand mixer cream butter and sugar for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Turn mixer to low and add in the egg, yolk, milk, and vanilla. Increase speed to medium and mix until smooth and incorporated.
- Turn the mixer back down to low and add in flour, baking soda, and salt, mixing until combined.
- Add in Snickers candy and mix until evenly distributed. And finally, add in potato chips and pulse until combined. Don’t over mix, as all the chips will break up too much.
- Drop by heaping tablespoon onto a lined baking sheet and bake 9-10 minutes until edges are golden. Allow to cool 2-3 minutes on a baking sheet and transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.
Guilt-Free Late Night Nachos
- 28 corn tortilla chips
- 1 cup vegetarian refried beans (either black or pinto beans)
- 1-2 tsp taco seasoning
- more to taste
- 4 tbsp low-fat Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 bell pepper (yellow, orange or red)
- 1 5oz clamshell baby spinach
- 1 6oz box cherry tomatoes
- halved or quartered
- 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
- Optional toppings: cilantro, fresh lime, green onions, jalapeños, guacamole, salsa, etc.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
- While the oven is preheating, heat the refried beans in a pot over medium heat. Stir in taco seasoning. Cook on low for 5 minutes until combined.
- Once the beans are done, add corn chips to the baking sheet. Top with beans, onions, bell peppers, spinach and then cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with tomatoes and Greek Yogurt. Serve warm.