Favourite Snacks For Summer

Ready for some delicious, healthy summer-inspired snacks? 

Quintessential summer mangoes, refreshing lemon, and moreish spicy-salty flavours are all coming right up. These recipes take just minutes to throw together and will make enough serves to share the love.

 Mango popsicles (makes 10 popsicles, from Choosing Chia)

Who knew homemade popsicles were so easy? Just grab yourself a popsicle mould and some summer fruit and you’re ready to go. Tip: Use freshly squeezed orange juice for best flavour and no added sugars or preservatives.

Ingredients:

  • 2 mangoes

  • ¾ cup of orange juice

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • 1 cup coconut yoghurt (or coconut cream from can)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Peel and cut the mangoes. Add it to a blender with the orange and lime juice and blend until smooth

  2. Mix the coconut yoghurt and vanilla extract together.

  3. Fill the popsicle moulds by alternating a bit of the mango puree and the yoghurt. Use a toothpick to gently swirl them together.

  4. Freeze them overnight.

  5. To remove, place mould in large bowl with hot water for 30 seconds. Store in a large freezer bag. 

Savoury and Spicy Rosemary Roasted Nuts (makes 6 serves, adapted from No Spoon Necessary)

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups mixed raw nuts (unsalted pecans, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, macadamia, almonds)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 heaped tbsp of finely chopped fresh rosemary (dried will do as well)

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (or chilli powder)

  • 2 tsp sea salt

  • ¼ tsp fresh cracked black pepper

  • 1 ½ tsp pure maple syrup

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 175C. Line a large baking sheet with baking paper.

  2. Place nuts in a bowl, add the cumin, cayenne, salt and black pepper.

  3. In a pan on medium low heat, warm the olive oil, add the rosemary and cook for 1 minute to release the flavours.

  4. Remove pan from heat. Add in the nuts and maple syrup, stirring to combine.

  5. Transfer to baking sheet and toast for about 10-15 minutes until light golden in colour.

  6. Allow to cool before storing.

Lemon Bliss Balls (from Whole Food Simply)

Tip: Do not over-blend the mixture as it makes it harder to roll.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews

  • 1 cup desiccated coconut

  • Zest of one large lemon

  • Juice of half a lemon

  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

  • A pinch of salt

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

  • Extra desiccated coconut for rolling them in

Method:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor until you get a sticky crumbed mixture.

  2. Grab roughly 1.5-2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll it into bite-sized balls.

  3. Roll these balls through some extra coconut and place all in the fridge to set.

Grab your (guilt-free) snacks, a cool drink, and gather around that pool. Cheers to the sunshine!