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Make Your Snack and Eat It Too

Posted over 2 years ago by Sarah H

Posted in Cooking, Garden and Home and eBooks and Audiobooks | Tagged with cooking, food, homemade, junk food, recipes and snacks

One of the food trends I’ve noticed lately is making homemade versions of store-bought foods. While recipes for making treats like Oreos at home have been around for awhile, they have become especially popular in recent years. Maybe it’s because in the present economy, a lot of people are looking to save money wherever they can, including the grocery store. Maybe it’s because more and more people are trying to avoid processed foods in favor of more natural, whole foods. Or maybe it’s simply because many people enjoy cooking and baking so much that they can’t resist trying their hand at making store-bought classics themselves.

In any case, whether you love Oreos, can’t stop eating Cheez-Its, or adore Fig Newtons, now you can enjoy homemade versions of your favorite treats. Here are just a few cookbooks with recipes for making sweets, snacks, condiments, and other store-bought foods from scratch:

Classic snacks made from scratch : 70 homemade versions of your favorite brand-name treats by Casey BarberClassic Snacks Made from Scratch: 70 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Brand-Name TreatsbyCasey Barber, a food writer and culinary consultant, serves up recipes for everything from Funyuns, Goldfish Crackers, and Tater Tots to Nutter Butters, SnoBalls, and Creamsicles using pantry staples like flour, sugar, and butter rather than the highly processed and unpronounceable ingredients the store-bought versions are made with.

Real snacks : make your favorite childhood treats without all the junk by Lara FerroniFor even more health-conscious alternatives, check out Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats without All the Junk, by Lara Ferroni, a food photographer and writer. It presents recipes for more than 70 popular sweet and savory snack foods, and also offers vegan and gluten-free alternatives for many of them. Wholegrain flours and natural sweeteners are used in place of more highly processed ingredients.
The Homemade Pantry : 101 foods you can stop buying & start making by blogger Alana Chernila of Eating From the Ground Up, offers not only some of America’s favorite snack foods, like Fig Bars and Cheese Crackers, but also recipes for staples like peanut butter, ricotta cheese, and ketchup. Chernila’s recipes not only encourage healthier eating, but are also intended to help you save money something we can all appreciate in this economy.

You may also enjoy these articles collected from around the web:

Pop-Tarts to Gold Fish: 7 Snack Foods to Make at Home - The Kitchn

6 Store Bought Snacks You Can Make At Home - Weelicious

24 Favorite Store-Bought Snacks You Can Easily Make at Home – Skinny Mom

More snack books you may enjoy ...

Better made at home : tasty, 100% natural, fresh by Esterelle PayanyGluten-free classic snacks - 100 recipes for the brand-name treats you love by Nicole HunnThe super moms guide to simply super sweets and treats for every season [electronic resource] - 80 Cakes, Cookies, Pies, and Snacks for Perfectly Imperfect Moms by Deborah Stallings Stumm
Super paleo snacks - 100 delicious low-glycemic, gluten-free snacks that will make living your paleo lifestyle simple and satisfying by Landria VoigtThe best homemade kids snacks on the planet - more than 200 healthy homemade snacks you and your kids will love by Laura Fuentes, founder of MOMables.comThe allergy-free pantry - make your own staples, snacks, and more without wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy or nuts by Colette Martin

Featured Image Credit: Hostess Cupcake Split by Evan Amos via Wikimedia Commons, made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

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