Mixed Nut ButterA jar of organic peanut butter will run you at least $4, and if you go for almond butter, it's $5 or $6. Save money by making fresh nut butter in a food processor. You can choose to use strictly peanuts or almonds, or make this recipe for mixed nut butter.
Granola BarsYou can easily pick up a box of granola bars for around $6, but most tend to be made with a lot of extra sugar. Choose your own ingredients and make a healthier version at home. This recipe for DIY granola bars calls for pumpkin seeds, peanut butter, and dried cranberries. Still not inspired? Here are more of our favoritehomemade granola bar recipes.
Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles
Fruit and Nut BarsAre you a huge fan of Larabars? Save your $1.50 and make your own fruit and nut bars with this simple recipe. All said and done, it'll cost you 65 cents a bar.
YogurtYogurt is full of calcium and protein, but it costs about $1 a container, which can start to add up if you enjoy this snack often. Did you know you can easily make your own yogurt? All you need is milk and a few tablespoons of plain yogurt (to act as a starter culture), and you can whip up a huge batch of creamy, tangy yogurt for much less dough.
GranolaWhat kind of a snack would yogurt be without a sprinkle of granola? Buy a bag that's homemade, and it'll cost you $8 to $12. Save your money and bake up your own batch with this recipe for almond and flaxseed granola.
My favorite health-food store carries these yummy treats called Chunks of Energy, but they're not cheap. To save money, try this recipe for no-bake peanut butter balls. It makes a great pre- or post-workout snack and is much less expensive than buying the ones at the store.
HummusVeggies and hummus offer a filling, high-fiber snack, but if you're addicted to this garlicky dip, you likely spend $6 or more on every tub. Making hummus couldn't be easier. Just add chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper to your food processor, and in minutes, you'll be enjoying fresh, creamy hummus, all for just a few bucks.
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