Our Top 10 Snack Recipes of 2016

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(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Have you ever had one of those weeks when life is more about snacks than actual meals? Maybe you’re super busy at work or school, or maybe smaller, lighter bites are more of what you’re craving right now. Either way, we featured some truly delicious and snackable recipes in 2016. Here are 10 of our most popular, including Cheetos-style chickpeas and the delectable, munchable pinwheel wraps pictured above.

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Snacks are the best. Healthy snacks are even better. Secretly healthy snacks are the best of all, and Cheetos-style chickpeas are the very best of the best. Salty, crunchy, and cheesy (but without the cheese!), these vegan treats are easy to make but even easier to eat. You have been warned!

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Asparagus fries. Super-crispy ones. Irresistible! And they’re oven-baked, so they’re healthy and easy, too. Really, what more can we ask for?

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How often have you wished for the ease of microwave popcorn but have been turned off by all the chemicals used in the store-bought kind? Well, there’s a solution here and it’s dead simple: Make your own DIY version using a scoop of kernels and a plain brown paper lunch bag. Simplicity at its best!

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But wait. Maybe you don’t want simple, plain popcorn. Maybe you want honey-brown butter, or chili-cheese popcorn. Maybe dill pickle-flavored popcorn makes you sit up and grin. Whatever your preference, one of these five flavors (matcha, chocolate, and cookies and cream are also featured) is sure to hit the spot.

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What fun! Learn how to make your own version of this frozen foods aisle best seller, using the ingredients you want. Sarah Rae knows just how thickly to roll the dough and how much filling you will need to stuff them. Make a big batch and freeze them for the classic afternoon snack experience!

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This is part of our vegan snack series, but of course you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these delightful salty, puckery oven-baked potatoes. Cut into thick slices, the potatoes are brined in vinegar and then baked in the oven until crispy. Shower on some chives and hold back the crowds! Delicious!

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This is a special salsa recipe that is as good as, if not better than, the kind you get in restaurants. And the beauty of it is, you don’t need to use fresh tomatoes. The canned variety actually works best here, so you can make this year-round. And the blender makes it a breeze!

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Wrapping dough around a well-seasoned filling and popping it into a steamer, deep frier, or oven is how the whole world makes their snacks. Empanadas are of the oven variety, and this chicken version is top-notch. The filing is moist from the dark-meat chicken and packed full of flavor from cumin, paprika and garlic, and the dough bakes golden-brown and tender.

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Avocado is a heavenly fruit. Rich and creamy and full of goodness, it melts in your mouth and makes almost everything it touches better. Here we coat chunky slices in crispy breadcrumbs and bake them in the oven, serving them warm with an assortment of dipping sauces. No muss, no fuss, and lots and lots of yummy!

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(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Pretty, fanciful pinwheel sandwiches delight adults and children alike. Here we make a thin pancake with eggs and roll them up with ham, cheese, and peppery watercress. A visual delight that tastes wonderful too — and oh, just happens to be gluten-free!

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