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We can hardly think of something more annoying than having to spend 3 euros for a bottle of water and 5 euros for a dry muffin or an energy ball in the airport. 

If you only do it once in a while, it's fine obviously, but for those who tend to stop in petrol stations or cafes on a daily basis, the bill can become outrageous at the end of the month.

Of course, fruits such as apples and bananas are a great option for snacks on the go as they are cheap, nutritious and easy to carry around, but sometimes, it's not enough to satisfy our sweet tooth… 

Because we know you prefer to spend your money on nice dinners out, makeup or trips with your friends, we have gathered some easy, tasty and healthy snack recipes you can make at home and keep in your bag for when you are feeling a bit peckish.

1. Apple pie energy bites

2. Mocha no-bake cookies

3. Three-ingredient no-bake peanut butter oat squares

4. Chocolate oatmeal cupcakes to-go

5. Almond butter granola bars

6. Hazelnut and goji oat bars

7. Blueberry banana muffins

8. Tropical white chocolate energy bars

9. Healthy raspberry lemon mini muffins

10. Key lime pie energy bites

 

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Eating a big tub of ice cream while it's warm outside is one of life's little pleasures.

But when you're broke AF, it can be hard to come to terms with spending €8 on, well… anything.

So, when we came across this homemade coffee ice cream, we legit jumped for joy.

Not only is it homemade, but it's dairy free and only has FOUR ingredients.

Spotted by the Daily Mail, a wellness blogger under the name My Crazy Good Life has created the coffee ice cream and it looks so delish.

All you need is 3 to 4 sliced frozen bananas, a strong cup of espresso coffee, honey and vanilla extract.

You literally just have to blend all of the ingredients together, freeze, and eat!

It takes one hour to set, so you know, by tonight you could be chilling at home with a glass of vino and some homemade ice cream!

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It doesn't get better, right?

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We all love chocolate. There's nothing better than coming home from work and having some toast with chocolate spread on it. Pure bliss, right?

Well, what if you could make your own? We have the basic recipe here but if you want to change it up a bit for your own taste, then go ahead.

Sure, what diet?

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 115g of chocolate (70% or your own choice)
  • handful of hazelnuts
  • 140g unsalted butter, softened and cubed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (granulated, honey, maple syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt

Method:

1. In a saucepan, mix the water, sugar, salt and cocoa powder. Place pan on a medium heat and stir until the sugar and powder dissolve. Continue until it reaches a simmer.

2. Once simmered, remove from heat and add vanilla extract, butter and chocolate. Combine until the mixture is completely smooth.

3. Pour into a jar with an air-tight lid and refrigerate until thick (if eaten straight away it will have a hot fudge consistency).

 

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The egg is a pretty major player in the kitchen.

But many people only go so far as to scramble them with a bit of added salt. Not the most exciting dish, right?

Considering they cost next to nothing, the egg is a brilliant food that will go with nearly anything. 

So, if you want to spice things up this weekend, look at these delicious egg dishes:

Spring Vegetable, Goats Cheese and Ham Frittata

Fresh veggies make this frittata a breakfast staple during the colder months. And it looks gorgeous too!

 

Egg-Drop Noodle Soup

Use quick-cooking ramen and store-bought chicken broth to get this hearty rendition of the Chinese-restaurant classic on the table in a jiffy.

 

Huevos Racheros Salad

A bright, sunny-side-up fried egg steals the show on this Southwestern salad topped with queso fresco, cilantro, and a citrusy black-bean-and-tomato salsa.

 

Coffee Creme Brulee

To create the signature shell covering this creamy, coffee-infused custard, sprinkle with brown sugar and broil until bubbly and deep brown.

 

The Ultimate Homemade Mayo

Put a tasty spin on this beloved condiment by choosing one of these lively variations.

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We all know the struggle of running out of our favourite moisturiser, or lacking the funds to invest in a new exfoliator.

However, don't need to stress anymore, there are plenty of ways to keep your skin in top shape from the comfort of your home. 

Exfoliator

  • 1 tablespoon of ground oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil or water
  1. Combine the oats with the salt.
  2. Add the olive oil/water to make a paste.
  3. Rub onto the skin in circular motions.
  4. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Rinse. 

Hand and body cream

  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/8 cup shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera juice
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid oil
  • 5-10 drops of essential oils 
  1. Heat the shea butter, cocoa butter and cocunut oil over a low heat until melted.
  2. Remove from the heat.
  3. Add the aloe vera juice, liquid oil and essential oils.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Store in a container eg. jam jar. 

Facial toner

  • 1/4 cup of apple juice
  • 4 tablespoons of witch hazel
  • An empty bottle
  1. Combine 1/4 cup of (homemade or bought) apple juice with the witch hazel.
  2. Pour into the clean bottle.
  3. Using a cotton pad, apply to your face after washing it, avoiding the delicate eye area. 

 

 

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The heatwave is back and what better way to cool down than with some delicious, homemade sorbet. Sorbets are not only a tasty and healthier alternative to ice-cream, but are easy to make too!

What you’ll need:

  • 175g granulated sugar
  • 250ml water
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 2-3  mangos

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Place the sugar in a pan with the water. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, then boil for one minute until the mixture is slightly syrupy. Pour into a bowl, add the lemon juice then cool.
  2. Squeeze the juice from mangos in a blender and the juice to the lemon mixture. Pour the mixture into a shallow container and put in the freezer.
  3. After two hours take out and break up the ice crystals with a fork, then return to the freezer for another two hours.
  4. Continue to break up the ice every hour until the mixture is firm. Move the container to the fridge 30 minutes before serving.
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While nothing beats a packet of our own favourite Taytos – we can’t help being partial to the taste of some homemade crisps. And now you can create your own favourite flavoured crisps, thanks to this simple recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 200g potato
  • ¾ tsp.  salt
  • 150ml malt or cider vinegar

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 120°C and line your baking sheets with olive oil (otherwise the crisps may stick to the baking sheets).
  2. Mix the salt with the vinegar until dissolved.
  3. Scrub your potatoes well and leave unpeeled. Then cut as thinly as possible with a sharp knife.
  4. Place the potato slices in a bowl, pour over the liquid and leave to soak for 10 minutes.
  5. After soaking, drain the potato slices well and shake off any excess liquid. Lay the slices in a single layer on your baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, then turn the baking sheets around, swap the shelves that they’re on and bake for another 15 to 30 minutes until crisp. Ovens, potatoes and slicing thicknesses vary, so make sure to check them often.
  7. You can then eat your crisps on their own or if you like can serve with dips.

 

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Garlic, yoghurt, lemon and fresh mint make a delish dip to serve with pitta bread, crisps, crunchy carrots or your favourite kebab.

And the recipe couldn’t be simpler!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt, to taste
  • 300g natural yoghurt
  • 1 lemon juice only
  • small handful mint leaves, chopped

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Crush the garlic with a little salt in a pestle and mortar to make a paste.
  2. Add the yoghurt and lemon juice and stir well. Stir through the mint. And it’s ready to serve!
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This hummus recipe is not only super simple, but delicious and healthy too.

Add more Tabasco for an extra kick!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ripe avocado, cut in half, skin and stone removed
  • 1 x 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1-2 lemons, juice only
  • ½ tsp Tabasco
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • Sea salt,  to taste

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Transfer the avocado hummus to a bowl and cover with cling film.
  3. Chill in the fridge for one hour.
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We Irish love our garlic cheese chips!

Here is a homemade version of the take-away favourite. Yum!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 large potatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 handful of chives (optional)
  • 3-4 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 handfuls of grated full mature cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper

What you’ll need to do:

  1. The first thing to do is make the chips! Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the potatoes into chip shapes and place in a pan of cold water.
  3. Bring the water to the boil and then drain the chips out.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and season, spread out onto the baking tray. Bake for 20-30 mins or until golden brown and soft in the middle.
  5. Grate the garlic cloves and stir into the mayonnaise with the parsley and lemon juice.
  6. Top the chips with the mayo, sprinkle the cheese over the chips and enjoy!
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