45 Snacks that Take Less than 5 Minutes to Prepare

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We’ve all been in this situation before: Our stomachs begin to rumble, but our tight schedule doesn’t allow for a snack that takes ages to prepare. Rather than giving into your cravings for something sweet or savory, you try to push through and concentrate on the task on hand. If only you could take just 5 minutes to prepare a delicious and satisfying snack…

Thanks to today’s round-up, you now can. We’ve chosen 45 of the best snack recipes that take just 5 minutes or less to prepare. From low-fat, high-fat nutrition smoothie bowls, to delectably sweet brownies, refreshing salads, and so much more – trust us, there’s a quick snack here to satisfy any craving!

You’ll be surprised by just how easy and simple these snacks are to make. Not only will they save you time, but they’re sure to alleviate your hunger and boost your concentration once more.

A Cinnamon Apple Dessert that Takes Just 2 Minutes in the Microwave

Who can resist the sweetness of cinnamon and warm apples? This simple snack takes just 2 minutes to prepare, plus you only need a microwave to give it that deliciously hot and gooey consistency. While this snack might be a sweet one, no one can deny the health benefits of apples and cinnamon. That’s a bonus!

Three-Ingredient Coconut Bars that Don’t Require Baking

It isn’t hard to resist a scrumptious bar throughout the day, but the baking and preparation times can sometimes put people off. Thankfully, this amazing recipe only uses three ingredients, plus it takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. That’s not all though, as this bar also doesn’t require baking at all. How good is that?!

A Paleo Protein Bar that You Can’t Get Enough Of

Want another 3-ingredient bar recipe? Look no further than this paleo version, featuring ingredients such as smooth nut butter, coconut flour, and dairy free chocolate chips. Delicious and healthy! These also don’t require baking, so you can whip them up and eat them in no time.

A Chopped Chickpea Salad that Won’t Take Forever

How about a delectable and low-fat salad that takes just 5 minutes to prepare? This chopped chickpea salad is bursting with color and flavor, making it the perfect accompaniment to any dinner party or gathering. Your friends will certainly want the recipe!

Cinnamon Sugar Waffle Bites You Can Whip-Up Right Now

Is it just us, or do the words “cinnamon sugar waffle bites” sound like music in your ears? These sweet and sugary snacks are certainly on the naughty side, but they’re sure to satisfy any dessert craving you have ASAP. You could also easily make them for a dinner party treat. So simple!

Peppermint Fudge Brownies (That Are Nicer than Naughty)

While brownies might usually be unhealthy, these ones pack a nice surprise. They’re gluten-free and dairy-free, making them perfect for those who are Paleo or Vegan. The deliciously chocolatey flavor is bursting with peppermint, giving them one of the most perfect combinations around!

5-Minute Caramelized Nuts for a Quick and Easy Treat

Nuts are a great snack on their own, but sometimes they lack the flavor or sweetness you might be craving. Take them to a whole new level with this caramelized nuts recipe, giving them that oomph that you just can’t resist. They’re the perfect snack to get you through a 3 p.m. slump!

A Rainbow Salad that’s Easy on the Waist

Snacks don’t have to be sweet! This rainbow salad features delicious (and healthy) ingredients such as carrots and pecans, plus it can be prepared within just 5 minutes. The pecans give it a lovely crunch, so it’s sure to be a favorite among all family members – even the kids!

It’s Watermelon Sorbet Time

Have you ever considered making watermelon sorbet as a quick snack throughout the day? We hadn’t either, until we realized just how quick and easy it was to whip-up! Not only does it look fantastic, but it tastes great too.

Make Mango Ice Cream in Just 5 Minutes

Speaking of sorbets, here’s a just-as-simple mango version that takes 5 minutes to prepare. The color is gorgeous, plus it tastes delectable too. We think it’d be a quick and easy addition to any dinner party. Just be ready to hand out the recipe to all of your guests!

Vegan Tacos in the Blink of an Eye

If you’re Vegan, or just aren’t craving meat, then these quick and delicious tacos are the 5-minute snack for you! They’re filled with all things yummy, like avocado, corn, tomato, beans, and more. Who knew you could create a tasty and healthy treat in so little time?

Healthy Greek Froyo in Just 5 Minutes

Who doesn’t love frozen yogurt? While store-bought varieties are often ladled with sugar, this make-at-home version is quite the opposite! It uses Greek yogurt for a low-fat twist, plus you can add your favorite (healthy) toppings, such as berries, passionfruit, banana slices, and more!

A 5-Minute Smorgasbord for Hungry Guests (or Just One!)

This quick and simple snack idea is perfect for unexpected guests, or perhaps if you’re just really hungry! It’s called a macadamia, cheese, and vegan crudité, and couldn’t get any tastier if it tried. Along with some much-loved dips, it serves as the perfect tasting plate.

A Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla

Not only is this pepperoni pizza quesadilla super quick to prepare, but it’s also incredibly tasty. With melted cheese, pepperoni, and a whole bunch of other Italian-meets-Mexican ingredients, it’s sure to satisfy any rumbling tummies.

Mouth-Watering Baked Almond Butter Banana

We don’t know where to begin with this one: the toasty almonds, the soft almond butter, the oozy banana, or the sprinkling of sweet cinnamon sugar. How divine! It’s the perfect wintertime snack for hungry bellies and will instantly fill you with a cozy warmth.

Shake Things Up with Baked Zucchini Parmesan Rounds

Zucchini on its own can be pretty tasty, but watch your tastebuds jump for joy as you add melted parmesan. Yum! These are great to serve-up at a party or even to snack on throughout the afternoon. The oven crisps them right up too.

Keep it Naughty but Nice with a BLTA Wrap

There’s nothing quite like a toasted wrap to calm those cravings and keep you satisfied right through to dinnertime. Not only does this 5-minute BLTA wrap include fried bacon (delicious!), but it also uses other, healthier ingredients such as avocado, tomato, and lettuce. Use wholemeal wrap bread for extra goodness.

Quick Caprese Skewers with a Balsamic Drizzle

Here’s another 5-minute snack idea that can be shared by many, or enjoyed by one. These mouthfuls of deliciousness are best described as mini mozzarella cheese balls skewered with tender basil leaves and juicy tomatoes, drizzled with tangy-sweet balsamic reduction. Has that got your tastebuds tingling?

Pizza, But with a Sticky Difference

Have you ever eaten pizza in stick form? After trying this 5-minute snack idea, you’ll be raving about it for weeks! This recipe will show you how to make your own cheesy pepperoni pizza snacks. Simply pull them apart and watch the melted cheese ooze out.

5-Minute Chocolate Brownies? Count Us In!

How’s this for a delectable snack – chocolate brownies that take just 5 minutes to prepare?! Now you can get your brownie fix within just minutes, plus they serve as the ideal last-minute desserts for dinner parties. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

A Quick and Easy Pizza on Toast

What happens when you’re craving a cheese-topped pizza, but simply don’t have enough time to whip-up some pizza dough (and don’t want to order one in)? You make a pizza on toast, of course! This simple, 5-minute snack idea is pure genius. We wish we had thought of it ourselves!

Flatbread Made with Yogurt

We love this delicious recipe for flatbread, especially because it uses yogurt! It takes just 5 minutes to prepare, meaning you can have a delicious wholesome snack in no time, particularly if you add some additional ingredients to it (such as salad or hummus dip). Delicious!

5-Minute Frozen Yogurt Berry Bites

Yup, these taste as nice as they sound! Not only are these frozen yoghurt berry bites utterly delicious, but they’re also really good for you too and packed full of essential vitamins and minerals. They’re great for a healthy after-dinner snack, or something to munch on throughout the day!

A Quick and Nutritious Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is all the rage now in cafes, especially when its drizzled with lemon juice and topped with a delicately poached egg. For those of us in a rush, however, a simple mash-up of avocado and other delicious ingredients will do the trick! Healthy, but delectable.

Forget 5, This Mug Cake Takes Just One Minute

What if you’ve literally got just one minute to spare? Well, we would hate for you to be in that much of a rush, but this one-minute low-carb, vanilla mug cake can be whipped up ASAP. It’s tasty, toasty, and above all, incredibly quick to make.

A 3 Ingredient Banana Fudge

We often associate the word fudge with a sugar-laden sweet, but this 3-ingredient banana fudge version is actually good for you. How great is that? Not only is it deliciously healthy, but it’s also super simple and quick to make too.

A 2-Minute Versatile English Muffin

Aren’t English muffins delicious? You can top them with just about anything and they offer a tasty alternative to traditional toast. Thanks to this super simple recipe, you can now whip-up an English muffin in just two minutes flat. That’s unbelievably good!

Crispy Chips with a Sweet Difference

When you’re feeling a bit hungry, it isn’t hard to crave something sweet and crunchy, like potato crisps or chips, for example. While we all know these things aren’t great for you, we’re pleased to say that a healthier version is available. These sweet potato chips aren’t just deliciously satisfying – they also take less than 5 minutes to prepare and contain a few extra vitamins and minerals.

Energy Bars Using Just 3 Ingredients

The reason we usually crave some sort of a midday snack is because our energy levels take a plunge, often resulting in our productivity going down with it. This is why it can be a great idea to eat an energy bar as a quick snack, but not those sugar-filled supermarket versions. We recommend making these 3-ingredient, healthy energy bars instead!

Delicious Italian Pinwheels in Seconds

What could be nicer than a quick and easy pinwheel using Italian-inspired ingredients? Not only are these a popular snack amongst children, but they’re great for adults too. Even those with the busiest of schedules can find a few minutes to make these.

Jalapeño Popper Wonton Cups in Just Minutes

How amazing do these jalapeño popper wonton cups look? The good news is they’re also incredibly tasty, plus you can prepare them in 5 minutes or less! The simplicity of this recipe makes it perfect for dishing-up at your next dinner party.

Energy Bites that Pack a Matcha Punch

How fantastic do these green matcha energy bites look? Not only are they bursting with color, but they also pack the goodness of matcha powder. We love how they don’t require baking either, making them a quick, but nutritional snack.

A 5-Minute Pizza…in a Mug?

Have you ever heard of a mug pizza before? Up until now, we hadn’t, but think it’s a genius idea! After all, why spend ages making and kneading pizza dough, when you can simply make a delicious pizza in a mug in less than 5 minutes? Count us in!

No Bake Chunky Monkey Bites

They might have a cute and cheeky name, but these no bake chunky monkey bites are packed with healthy ingredients to make you feel great in no time. They take just minutes to make (thanks to their no-baking-necessary recipe) and can easily be shared among a group or enjoyed by one.

1-Minute Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

How’s this for a quick snack? This cookie dough flavored Greek yogurt takes just one minute to make – incredible! It has a sweet and addictive taste that is anything but bad for you too. Plus, the Greek yogurt is full of gut-loving probiotics. Bonus!

5-Minute Muffins Everyone Can Enjoy

Sadly, some people believe they have to miss out on the deliciousness that muffins have to offer, either because they’re on a diet or have an intolerance to something. The good news is that these muffins aren’t just quick to make, but they’re also pretty healthy too! They’re sugar-free, grain-free, high in protein, and Paleo. Now that’s a win-win!

Pan-Fried Cinnamon Banana That’ll Satisfy in Seconds

Is there anything toastier and more delicious than pan-friend bananas? When they’re sprinkled with cinnamon, they become the ultimate sweet snack. This recipe couldn’t become any easier! We think these would also go great on pancakes if you’ve got extra time to spare.

A Quick Mac and Cheese for One

Sometimes, there’s just nothing more satisfying than macaroni and cheese. If you’re working away at home or are in need of a quick and easy snack, it can be too much effort to put a batch on just for yourself. This is where this quick and easy mac and cheese recipe comes in handy, as it’s been designed for one!

Rocky Road Fudge in a Jiffy

If it’s a sweet and delectable treat you’re after, then look no further than this 5-minute rocky road recipe. It’s got all the goodness of marshmallows, nuts, and of course, chocolate! If you have to whip-up a dessert in a jiffy, this could very well be your saving grace.

Cranberry Pistachio Fudge in Just 3 Minutes

Speaking of fudge recipes, here’s another one! This version is for cranberry and pistachio fudge that takes just 3 minutes to prepare. Crazy! Although it makes a small batch, it’s the perfect amount for those wanting to treat themselves, or a small group of friends.

Spicy Sriracha Popcorn for a 3 p.m. Kick-Start

We all know popcorn can be a quick and easy snack, but how do you jazz it up to pack an extra flavor punch? Thankfully, this recipe for spicy sriracha popcorn will show you how. You’ll be surprised by how deliciously simple this snack can be.

Keep it Healthy with a Thai Cucumber Salad

Don’t worry, this recipe isn’t just for any Thai cucumber salad! It comes with a delicious sesame ginger dressing to give it authentic flavors and ingredients. It’s a light and refreshing snack that’s still sure to curb your hunger. Plus, it’s actually very healthy for the waistline.

The Perfect Protein Energy Balls in Just Minutes

If you’re after the best protein energy ball recipe but don’t know where to begin, then we’ve got good news for you! This simple recipe will show you how to make perfect protein energy balls within just minutes, helping you get your fix in no time at all!

A Two-Minute Salted Caramel Smoothie Bowl

If you’ve ever wondered why smoothie bowls are so alluring, we urge you to try this recipe! Not only does it take less than 5 minutes to prepare, but the delicious flavors will convert you to these nutritionally-balanced snacks in no time.

Chia Pudding That’s Anything But Ordinary

Fancy making a vanilla bean chia pudding in just 5 minutes? This recipe will show you how to create the delectable and healthy dessert in no time. We recommend you print and keep the recipe, because you’ll certainly want to make it again and again!

Conclusion

There you have it – 45 snacks that take just 5 minutes or less to prepare! Next time you’re in a rush but craving some food to get you through, be sure to resort to one of these quick and easy recipes. When you can whip-up something delicious and hearty in just minutes, there really is no excuse to let yourself go hungry (or resort to ordering take-out!).

Additionally, these snacks serve as last-minute appetizers or desserts for unexpected guests. When it comes to serving something amazing without spending hours prepping it in the kitchen, this list has got you covered.

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About Melanie L.

Melanie works full time at Tuft & Needle and blogs part time evenings and weekends when her daughter is working on the cars with her dad!

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