25 Healthy Late-Night Snacks to Curb Those Midnight Cravings

Peanut Butter Dip
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We've all been there before. It's just past midnight. You're sitting on your couch getting ready to wind down for the night. You dog-ear your book and turn off the television but, on your way to your room, you're hit by a sudden craving. Chocolate? Potato chips? Ice cream? You wander over to the kitchen, and faced with bags of snack foods and confectionary sweets, you eat an entire post-dinner meal that leaves you feeling sick and sluggish.It can be difficult to break the habit of late-night snacking, and luckily you don't have to. We've put together a collection of our favorite healthy late-night snacks that are completely guilt-free. If you're craving something salty, try out some toasted nuts or olive oil popcorn with herbs. If you've got a sweet tooth, cinnamon apples or banana split "nachos" just may be the perfect solution. If you want the best of both worlds, enjoy some sweet-and-salty peanut butter dip. These healthy recipes are a great starting point for breaking old snacking habits, but any midnight snacks can be enjoyed in moderation (read: it's totally okay to break into those addictive cheese crackers every once in a while).

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Apple Chips

Apple Chips
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Apple Chips

With only two all-natural ingredients, apples and cinnamon, these easy, crispy apple chips are all-star snacking material. Do yourself a favor and whip up a batch of these apple chips over the weekend.

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Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts

Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Georgia-Style Boiled Peanuts

Trade those greasy, salty potato chips in for these scrumptious boiled peanuts. They deliver a healthier, yet nostalgic taste of the South.

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Chocolate Covered Pretzels

You deserve a treat. A handful of these homemade chocolate covered pretzels will be more than enough to satisfy your midnight chocolate craving.

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Toasted Nuts

Toasted Almonds
ilbusca/Getty Images

Recipe: Toasted Nuts

Whether you prefer almonds or cashews, this fool-proof recipe for toasted nuts will be your new go-to snack solution. It's a simple way to get your protein in.

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Raspberry-Almond Crumble Bars

Raspberry-Almond Crumble Bars
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Raspberry-Almond Crumble Bars

Sweet, tart raspberry jam meets crumbly oats in these heavenly crumble bars. Cut them into bite-sized squares for midnight snacking or party platters.

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Buttery Toasted Pecans

Buttery Toasted Pecans
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Buttery Toasted Pecans

Trade the pint of oh-so-creamy butter pecan ice cream for these wholesome Buttery Toasted Pecans, which pack a more condensed toasty flavor without all the sugar.

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Healthy Banana Split Nachos

Healthy Banana Split Nachos
Southern Living

Recipe: Healthy Banana Split Nachos

Treat yourself to this whimsical, but healthy take on nachos, complete with banana "chips," chopped pecans, ground flax seeds, fresh cherries, and a dollop of whipped cream on top.

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Cheddar Cheese Straws

Cheddar Cheese Straws
Lee Harrelson

Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Straws

Made with fresh cheddar cheese, these cheese straws are a taste of your childhood. Portion them out in Ziploc bags ahead of time to pre-set your serving size.

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Blueberry Salsa

Blueberry Salsa
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Blueberry Salsa

Somewhere between a fruit salad and a salsa, this recipe utilizes fresh summer blueberries to mak a perfect healthy dip.

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Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Gluten-Free Banana Bread

If your stomach is grumbling, treat yourself to a slice of Gluten-Free Banana Bread. It's sure to satisfy and packed with potassium!

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Cream Cheese-and-Walnut Stuffed Celery

Cream Cheese-and-Walnut Stuffed Celery
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Cream Cheese-and-Walnut Stuffed Celery

Cream cheese is the key to making this stuffed celery a wonderful snack. Feel free to add chocolate chips or peanut butter, too.

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Chunky Applesauce

Chunky Applesauce
Oxmoor House

Recipe: Chunky Applesauce

If you're looking for something sweet, try out this homemade applesauce. Fresh apples deliver that sweet flavor all on their own, with only ¼ cup of sugar added.

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Cinnamon Apples

Cinnamon Apples

Recipe: Cinnamon Apples

Cinnamon apples are a decadent (and healthy!) dessert all on their own. But you can add a scoop of Greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream to take this warm, melty snack over the top.

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Spicy Pecans

Warm Cheese-and-Spicy Pecan Dip
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Spicy Pecans

If you're used to eating your pecans sweet (like Southern-favorite Butter pecans), try out this spicy version of your favorite roasted nut. The kick of cayenne certainly won't disappoint.

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Olive Oil Popcorn with Garlic and Rosemary

Olive Oil Popcorn with Garlic and Rosemary
Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Olive Oil Popcorn with Garlic and Rosemary

Swap the box of movie theater buttered popcorn for healthier olive oil popcorn. The seasonings seriously upgrade this snack with lots of fresh flavor.

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Peanut Butter Dip

Peanut Butter Dip
via Love Grows Wild

Recipe: Peanut Butter Dip

If your weakness is peanut butter, you'll love this creamy peanut butter dip. It incorporates Greek yogurt and honey to make a guilt-free, yet utterly indulgent snack.

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Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Carrot Hummus
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham; Food Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns

Recipe: Artichoke and Spinach Dip

This healthier twist on spinach and artichoke dip excludes the mayo and sour cream base, instead letting the fresh spinach and hearty artichoke shine for a veggie-forward dish.

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Strawberry-Coconut Paletas

Tart Mango Paletas
Wynn Myers; Prop Styling: Lauren Smith Ford

Recipe: Strawberry-Coconut Paletas

If you're craving ice cream, try one of these fresh Mexican fruit pops instead. They're easy to make and utterly delicious. Try them in a variety of flavors, including Tart Mango and Cucumber-Chile.

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Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus

Olive Oil Popcorn with Garlic and Rosemary
Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus

Change up your hummus recipe by blending in sweet potato for a dash of the potato's namesake sweetness, as well as a lovely bright orange color.

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Apple Butter

Easy Apple Butter Recipe
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Easy Apple Butter

Apple butter is essentially a spreadable, sophisticated version of applesauce, and we're crazy for this sweet treat. Dip crackers, crostini, or apple slices in the apple butter for a great snack.

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Homemade Salsa

Homemade Salsa for Canning
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Homemade Salsa

This slightly-spicy homemade salsa will be a new fridge staple. Enjoy with tortilla chips for a nice snack.

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

toast pumpkin seeds
Melinda Podor/Getty Images

Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

In the fall, there's nothing we love more than repurposing the interior of that carved pumpkin and making our own roasted pumpkin seeds. Get the kids involved in the process for a fun family activity.

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Black Bean Corn Salsa

Back Bean Corn Salsa
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Black Bean and Corn Salsa

This fresh Black Bean and Corn Salsa comes together in just 20 minutes, and it transitions seamlessly from a party starter to a leftover late-night snack.

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The Best Healthier Brownies

The Best Healthier Brownies
Pinterest/Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Recipe: The Best Healthier Brownies

We've all fallen victim to those late-night chocolate cravings. Don't abstain from indulgence completely: these healthier brownies are sure to satisfy.

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No-Bake Granola Bars

No-Bake Granola Bars
Photo: Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: No-Bake Granola Bars

These No-Bake Granola Bars are as versatile as they are easy. If you crave something sweet, try a granola bar with honey, dried apricot, and Greek yogurt. If you're craving salty, add a drizzle of dark chocolate and flaky sea salt. Try out a few different flavors depending on your midnight snack habits.

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