I love savory snacks, for when I’m needing a little pick me up but it’s not yet time for something sweet.
Now you could say any time is sweet time, but I try to be good for the majority of each day.
Which means sweet things are reserved for either after dinner or the weekend.
Unless I’ve fallen off the wagon in which case everything goes and usually the sweeter the better!
Snacks are those little treats to both fill you up and make you feel good.
I can’t imagine life without snacks in it, even if I may eat one or two more than I should.
savory snacks to buy versus savory snacks to make
The killer for me though has always been the cost of the best savory snacks to buy.
Because they add up to quite an expense real quick. Sure, 1 packet won’t break your budget but how many snacks do you and yours get through in a week?
Let’s get real, when you are feeding a family you cannot get away with buying a 6 pack of one snack for the week.
That might last a day in many households, if you’re lucky!
And in all honesty a 6 pack of one snack for a couple isn’t enough either – or is that just the hubby and me?!
The reality when you have a very limited budget is that you know the best savory snacks are a luxury that perhaps you shouldn’t be buying.
Cheap snacks that you can make at home without too much fuss is what you need.
Cooking and preparing simple snacks at home are so much easier when you have the right kitchen tools. You don’t need lots of gadgets, just a few essentials that you can use time and again. These are 4 are my essentials for snack making and easy meal prep.
We all need a little help in the kitchen and these are my top 4 essentials, without which cooking and meal prep would be so much harder and time consuming.
Crock-Pot 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker | Stainless Steel
Slow cookers (crock pots) are an essential for every home. This one is large enough for whole joints, feeding a big family and batch cooking your favorite meals.
Ninja BN601 Professional Plus Food Processor
With pre-set programs this fod processor makes meal prepping an absolute breeze. Who wants to chop by hand when a processor does it for you?
Cuisinart C77WTR-15P Classic Forged Triple Rivet, 15 Piece Set
Every cook, beginner or professional, needs a strong and sharp knife set. These sharp knives will make meal prep a breeze.
Hudson Essentials Stainless Steel Measuring Cups Set
Premium steel measuring cups with pouring spout for easy and accurate measuring. Dishwasher safe makes them ideal for us busy cooks!
homemade quick and easy savory snacks to make
It goes without saying that my focus is always on cheap AND easy to make savory snacks.
When you live frugally you are making a determined effort to save money on every aspect of your life.
Which means that things can take a little longer to achieve.
- Washing needs hanging out not throwing into the dryer.
- Dinners are made from scratch not delivered to your door.
- Cars are washed by hand, not taken to the car wash.
You and I don’t want to be following small savory treat recipes that take forever to assemble.
That, to quote my Dad, is “too much faff”!
40+ Cheap And Easy Savory Snack Recipes
We all know that perhaps we should only eat 3 square meals a day but with so many delicious savory snack ideas to try it seems a crime not to make and eat a few doesn't it?
Store bought snacks get expensive really quickly and eat into your budget so these cheap and easy savory snack recipes are perfect for when you are feeling the pinch but still feel the need for a little something.
Many of these savory snack recipes are healthy, you know exactly what is in them. And many are perfect for both the kids' after school munchies and for parties.
Garlic Rosemary Parmesan Pretzels - Tasty and Addicting Snack
If you are needing a great snack to take to an afternoon get together, check out these tasty Garlic Rosemary Parmesan Pretzels. These pretzels are a great salty (and addicting!) snack that won’t stack up the calories on you like potato chips or crackers!
Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas! Vegan & gluten-free!
This perfectly seasoned Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe makes a great snack or salad topper! They’re easy, flavorful, gorgeous and easy gluten free savory snacks everyone will enjoy!
Cowboy Ranch Cheese-its
I love recipes that take something that I already love and make it even better. Introducing Cowboy Ranch Cheese-its! You all know Cheese-its. The square shape, the rigid edges and that hole in the middle – everything about this baked snack cracker is the real deal, especially the cheese. And this recipe takes that tastes and make it even better…hard to believe huh?!
Instant Pot Little Smokies With Grape Jelly
These Instant Pot Little Smokies With Grape Jelly and Barbecue Sauce is a sweet and savory appetizer. The perfect recipe for easy savory party snacks to serve at any gathering!
Learn how to make roasted almonds in your oven. Dry roasted almonds are full of flavor and make fantastic quick and easy savory snacks that are also healthy.
Easy Air Fryer French Fries (GF, VG)
These ridiculously delicious and easy homemade french fries are quickly made in the air fryer. If you want easy homemade savory snacks, try these air fryer french fries at home today - you only need a base of three ingredients!
Classic Deviled Eggs Recipe - Kippi at Home
This classic deviled egg recipe is simple and delicious. It is made with ingredients you probably have on hand. It’s the first item to run out at any gathering. Learn how to make this easy protein-packed comfort food and delight your family.
Homemade Pimento Cheese Recipe • Food Folks and Fun
Pimento Cheese, the southern classic, never tasted so good when paired with buttery crackers. This recipe is simple, portable, and it’s a family snacking favorite!
Roasted Potato Peelings with Rosemary and Sea Salt
Make these roasted potato peelings with scraps! Instead of throwing out the peels, just stick them into the oven and you’ll have lovely homemade crispy chips.
Stupid Simple Taco Flavored Chickpeas
These stupid simple taco flavored chickpeas are seriously so yummy and easy to make! The best part? Make a big batch, and you won't feel guilty about your kids snacking on them all day!
Use Everything Bagel Seasoning for Easy Peppers Appetizer
This easy peppers appetizer recipe uses Everything Bagel Seasoning for a full flavor in every mini bite. They are low carb and would be perfect for your next party or an everyday snack.
Healthy Ants on a Log Recipe – Keto, Vegan, Low Carb
If you are looking for a healthy snack recipe that is vegan, low carb, Keto and takes just a few minutes to make, you found it! Keep reading to find out how to make these fun and easy vegetarian savory snacks!
Air Fryer Kale Chips
Air Fryer Kale Chips. Fresh kale tossed in salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil, then cooked until crispy in the air fryer. So much healthier and tastier than potato chips!
Air Fryer Roasted Chickpeas (No Oil)
Air Fryer Roasted Chickpeas. How to air fry chickpeas without oil, with different flavor combinations. My number #1 favorite savory healthy snack, that is so easy you will be wondering why it took you so long before you cooked air fryer chickpeas.
Savory Harvest Popcorn -Food Meanderings
I love shortcut recipes and in my world it’s called SURVIVAL. There are very few time-consuming recipes in my life these days that survive unless they can be shortened. This delicious tangy, lemony, garlicky, hickory, dilly popcorn seasoning in a quick recipe has just got to be tried.
Savoury Ham Carrot & Cheese Muffins Recipe
These delicious savory ham, carrot and cheese muffins are super easy to make, have hidden veggies and you can freeze for later. Make them in small muffin tins and you have some easy savory Christmas snacks to share or have at breakfast time.
Healthy kitty rice cakes
Healthy and delicious kitty rice cakes with cream cheese and chives.
Mini filo pastry quiches - great for kids to make!
Individual size, creamy and delicious egg-quiche, all wrapped up in filo pastry cases!
Air Fryer Passover Matzo Taco Chips
Air Fryer Passover Matzo Taco Chips are a great alternative to Nacho Cheese Doritos Tortilla Chips during the Passover holiday. Made with pantry staples and quick toasting in the Air Fryer, snacks won’t be boring at all!
Air Fryer Chickpeas
These Air Fryer chickpeas make a tasty and healthy snack! They’re spicy, crunchy, vegan, gluten-free, and packed with plant protein. Enjoy them as a snack, in buddha bowls, top your salads, sandwiches, or even soups!
Avocado hummus is the best version of hummus! It’s so rich, super creamy, and absolutely delicious! Think hummus meets guacamole, I can’t think of a combination that’s better. A perfect snack to go with chips, crackers, veggie sticks, or even to be used as a spread to make delicious sandwiches.
Taco Dry Roasted Chickpeas
Just 3 ingredients make this flavorsome super quick snack.
Potato Skin Chips – Waste to Wonderful
Potato skin chips are exactly what they sound like, crunchy fried chips (crisps) made from potato peel. Turn potential waste into something sensational.
Sour Cream Chip Dip With Cream Cheese and Cheddar
If you are looking for the ultimate sour cream chip dip, than look no further. This dip is ready in 10 minutes will make even the toughest critic ask for seconds.
Baby Food Jar – Chaat Masala Nuts
Make a yummy scrumptious Chaat masala peanut mix for a baby food jar. The perfect snack size treat.
Salted Caramel Popcorn - THM E, Sugar Free, Low Fat
This Salted Caramel Popcorn is a delight. It only takes 5 ingredients and 15 minutes to whip up a batch of this sugar-free family friendly treat.
Two ingredient bread dough - that kids can make, play with, and eat! – Danya Banya
Super easy bread dough that kids can make, from just two ingredients! Fun sensory dough to play and eat.
Italian Potato Croquettes
Italian potato croquettes with a crunchy golden shell and soft gooey cheese oozing out from the inside.
Healthy Homemade Vegan Doritos (Gluten-Free, Allergy-Free)
An easy and healthy copycat recipe for your favorite bold-flavored tortilla chip snack! Homemade Vegan Doritos in classic “nacho cheese” flavor that are gluten-free, allergy-free, and baked instead of fried! Addicting, crunchy, and great for parties!
Pressure Cooker Boiled Peanuts [Recipe + Video]
Pressure Cooker Boiled Peanuts Southern Style make a wonderful snack. They are soft, like a bean and salty like tears of joy! Use your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker and make some today!
Homemade Tortilla Chips
These chips were a little thicker/ more dense than regular bagged chips. These would be great to serve at a party with hummus or salsa. And to kick up the “gourmet” vibe, maybe use a coarse “fancy” salt in the final step.
Cucumber Hummus Bites
Cucumber Hummus Bites make the perfect finger food and appetizer for your next party or get together. Crisp cucumbers slices are topped with roasted red pepper hummus, tomatoes, feta cheese and fresh parsley.
Pickled Eggs are a long standing family tradition. They are simple to make and are an easy snack during card games and games nights. No canning required!
Homemade Gluten-Free + Vegan Goldfish (Allergy-Free, Grain-Free)
Nothing says childhood more than Goldfish crackers! Now you can make your own Homemade Gluten-Free & Vegan Goldfish that are top 8 allergy-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and secretly protein-packed! A healthy snack recipe mom’s and kids will love!
Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas
Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas are a great snack for the whole family and can be made sweet or spicy or even plain with a drizzle of olive oil. They are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and offer you fiber and protein.
Parmesan Roasted Broccoli Stalks
These disappear in a flash - a terrific little snack with just a couple of ingredients! They’re quick, easy, and thrifty, and they deliciously utilize a part of the vegetable that’s often otherwise discarded!
Low Carb Keto Cheese Crisps Recipe
These cheese crisps are a great snack made with any cheese you have in the house!
How to Make Homemade Granola
How to Make Homemade Granola – This homemade granola recipe is super simple and easy! Plus, it’s healthy and filling thanks to ingredients like maple syrup, almonds, and oats. Serve your homemade granola over yogurt, oatmeal, or just by the handful!
Roasted Corn Nuts - Homemade and Healthy Snack!
Homemade Roasted Corn Kernel Nuts that taste just like Corn Nuts you buy in the store! This DIY how to make corn nuts recipe is easy to make and only uses 4 ingredients!
Gluten Free Chickpea Muffins (Chickpea Flour Savoury Muffins)
These healthy chickpea flour baking recipe is a top stinging nettle recipe excellent for going gluten free for beginners, to sneak greens into food and experience the nettle leaf powder benefits!
Easy Homemade Cheez-It Crackers | Recipe
This tasty, unprocessed homemade version of the popular snack is even better than the real thing. These quick and easy, tender yet crunchy crackers are cheesy, salty, and buttery, and are sure to be your new favorite snack food.
Homemade Parmesan and Rosemary Crackers
If you’ve never made your own cheese crackers before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. This recipe is extremely simple and you can make an entire batch in just 30 minutes, with just a handful of ingredients.
Corn Dog Mini Muffins for School Lunches (freezer friendly)
Kids love these mini corn dog muffins and since they keep well in the freezer, you can make huge batches at one time.
Animal Chow Trail Mix Recipe
This Animal Chow Trail Mix has such a toasty and sweet flavor, humans big and small will want to dive right in.
Real Food Homemade Honey Roasted Peanuts
Love honey roasted peanuts, but not the unhealthy ingredients in the store-bought ones? These easy, Real Food Homemade Honey Roasted Peanuts are sure to be a sweet hit.
Avocado deviled eggs
Avocado deviled eggs are a gourmet home cook’s dream! They are easy to pull together, look beautiful as an appetizer when having friends over and are so tasty.
Nicaraguan guacamole - A Hedgehog in the Kitchen
Nicaraguan guacamole is overflowing with avocado, hard boiled eggs, cilantro, lime and red onion. You will love this authentic Nicaraguan dish.
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cheap AND Easy Savory Snacks Is Key
I am not a great fan of cooking and I detest making pastry (that whole thing of rubbing butter in flour sends shivers down my spine!)
So I used to have a list of savory snacks to buy that were the cheapest of cheap snacks, which means they weren’t always healthy or even that nice tasting.
Until I finally bit the bullet and stated making my own.
I thought I would be spending hours in the kitchen making some nice, healthy savory snacks for kids that would then get wolfed down in record time.
Leaving an empty tin and the need to start all over again.
And to be fair, that did happen the first few times.
But then we got used to the idea that really tasty and healthy savoury snacks were always available and so there was no need to eat them so quickly.
Finally we could have and make quick savoury snacks we really enjoyed and they didn’t mean blowing our super tight grocery budget.
But they had to be easy to make as well as cheap because I am no gourmet cook, nor did I have time to be baking every other day.
Quick and easy is my kind of cooking. And tasty of course!
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Your questions answered about easy savoury snacks
The best savory snacks are those that you enjoy in small quantities and don’t have you constantly reaching for me. Too much of one thing becomes unhealthy real quick!
You can make all of these easy homemade savory snack recipes at home and there are many more recipes out there to try. I prefer quick and easy ones, you may have a different preference.
Savory foods are considered those that are not sweet. Although strangely, some savory foods have a little sweetener added, usually to give the food a depth of flavor, without turning it into a sweet dessert.
Pretzels and salted nuts, of any kind, are my salty snack go to’s. Whether they are air fryed or roasted, adding a decent dose of salt really lifts their flavor. Just go easy on these salty snacks though as too much salt is not good for you!
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Last Updated on 10th January 2022 by Emma