One of the easiest ways to save money at the grocery store is to shop the perimeter. Not only does avoiding all those packaged foods cost less, but it also keeps your health in check. Let's be real, though, some of those snack foods are absolutely delicious. So, why not try making a few of your favorites at home?
Whipping up fresh fruit roll-ups is much easier than you might imagine. You'll puree fruit in a food processor until it's smooth. Then you'll spread it onto silicone baking mats and bake for three to four hours at 175 degrees Fahrenheit. Place wax paper on the baked fruit, then slice into long rectangles and roll.
There are many trail mix recipes on the web. This sweet and salty mix is one of my favorites because it contains healthy nuts, sunflower kernels, and tempting chocolate candy. Simply stir together a few cups of each ingredient and store in an airtight container.
You can even make your own potato chips at home. Use a mandolin on its lowest setting to slice red potatoes about an hour before cooking them. Then heat canola oil in a skillet to around 375 degrees Fahrenheit, fry, and sprinkle with salt before serving.
Or try these root veggie chips for a twist on the classic crisp. Slice anything from sweet potatoes to yucca to beets with your mandolin — a bit thicker than you did in the potato chip recipe. Toss in olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.
I've seen so many fancy chocolate bars at the store lately, and they're all super expensive. Make your own at home with this chocolate bar tutorial. You'll need chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, and whatever else you like with your sweets. Melt chocolate, then pour it into a shallow loaf pan. Top with toppings and let set.
Elevate your s'mores with these homemade graham crackers. All it takes is a base of all-purpose and graham flour to get the right taste and texture. After everything is mixed, you'll roll out the dough and cut into squares before baking to a golden brown.
These copycat Goldfish crackers are a hit with both kids and adults — and they only contain four ingredients. Pulse together cheese, butter, flour, salt, and a little water in your food processor. Then use a homemade cutout to shape your crackers before baking.
Want something crunchy to snack on? Try baking up these pita chips. The recipe is so easy. Cut up store-bought pitas into wedges, place on a baking sheet, and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes and enjoy with hummus and other dips.
This same method can be applied to tortilla chips as well. Slice white corn tortillas into wedges, brush with oil, and add salt. Then bake 15 minutes until crisp. These taste way better than the kind you buy in the bag.
Banish packaged fruit snacks from the pantry and make your own DIY fruit snacks instead. Just mix together fruit juice, gelatin, and a bit of honey before pouring into candy molds. Chill to set.