It’s 1:30 a.m. You are wide awake, still unaware why your eyelashes are not drooping down. The night is getting darker with every ticking of the clock. You are busy binge-watching Brooklyn 99 or scrolling through social media. You stop at a post. Your favorite restaurant is advertising an offer of free desserts on Sundays. There you go. Your urge to munch on something while you return to Brooklyn 99 becomes significant. And by now, you know you cannot ignore it. You know if you don’t cater to your hunger right now, welcoming sleep will be a distant dream. If you are reading this, you relate to this for sure. And if you do, why not prepare yourself beforehand? Here are 20 best snacks that are easy to make and should help you cure your late-night cravings.
1 Cowpea and Sprouted Moong Chaat
It is the quickest snack and the easiest one to make at night and is sure to bring happiness to your hungry self. Because who can say no to chaats
- ½ cup soaked and boiled cow-pea
- ¼ cup sprouted whole green grams
- ½ cup potatoes boiled and cut into 25mm cubes
- ¼ cup of chopped tomatoes, chopped cabbage, chopped spring onion whites, chopped onion greens
- ½ tsp chaat masala
- Salt to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and mix well and serve immediately.
2 Chocolate Souffle
In love with savory desserts? Chocolate souffle can be a savior for your midnight sweet cravings. It’s easy to make yet delicious to eat. This recipe is bound to make you add souffle to your routine midnight snacks list.
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup of chocolate hazelnut spread
- Pinch of salt for taste
- Break the two eggs and separate the yolks from the egg white liquid. Beat and mix the yolks with the choco hazelnut spread well. Take a separate bowl, beat egg whites with salt on medium speed .
- Continue beating at high speed until the egg whites hold stiff glossy peaks.
- Add this foam to the previous mixture of yolks and choco hazelnut spread and stir well. This mixture should be light and bubbly and have an even coloring without egg white streaks.
- Pour the mixture in a cup and bake it at 190 degrees celsius for 15 to 17 minutes.
3 Berry Muffin
Muffins can be delicious when served in breakfast but it can always be fun to have them as your midnight snack. You see something sweet can never go out of style even at midnights!
- 1 egg white
- 2 tbsp of honey
- ¼ cup of oat flour
- ½ tsp of nutmeg
- ½ tsp of baking powder
- 3 tbsp of any berries
- Use only the egg white liquid in a coffee mug and add honey to it. After stirring, add the Oat Flour in it and mix.
- Then add Nutmeg and Baking Powder and mix again.
- Add berries of your choice in the mixture and stir well. Place the coffee mug in the microwave for 90 seconds.
4 Mac and Cheese
Macaroni has been the constant favorite of many. Thinking of making and having it as a midnight snack is unconventional yet easy once learned. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered here as well!
- ½ cup of macaroni
- ½ cup of water
- Salt and pepper for taste
- ¼ cup of cheese
- 5 ml of milk
- Take ½ cup of macaroni and add ½ cup of water and a pinch of salt to it. Stir it well and place the cup inside the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Take out the cup and add to it a splash of milk. Add the cheese and sprinkle pepper on it; and mix it well. Place the cup inside the microwave again for 30 seconds.
- Take out the cup and mix the macaroni with the cheese.
5 Cheese Sticks
Cheese sticks are usually amazing as appetizers. But they are better when you include them in your late-night snacks list. This 5-minute recipe is sure to keep you startled!
- Cheese block of 200g
- 4-5 ice cream sticks
- 400g panko bread crumbs crushed
- 6 eggs, beaten with a pinch of salt and pepper
- 100g of flour
- Cut the cheese block into 4 to 5 rectangular pieces and put a bit on the ice cream sticks inside each cut piece. This allows you to hold the cheese pieces with the stick itself.
- Dredge the cheese sticks first into beaten egg. Then into a flour/corn-starch mixture, back into the eggs and finally into the bread crumbs.
- Place these cheese sticks into hot oil and cook till brown. Don’t overcook otherwise the cheese will ooze out.
- Your cheese sticks are ready!
6 Onion Rings
Onion rings are crunchy and are the best side dishes for the main courses. But why not eat them to fulfil your cravings?
- Two slicked onion separated into rings
- 2 cup flour mixed with 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/3 cup of corn-starch
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp of black pepper
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- 2 cups of panko breadcrumbs
- Mix corn-starch with the flour and add baking powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to it. Stir it well. Sprinkle and add water. Whisk the batter until it turns smooth and thick.
- Dip all the onion rings in the batter and then coat with the breadcrumbs.
- Fry the onion rings in oil for 20 seconds in 170 to 180 degrees celsius.
- Your onion rings are ready!
7 Egg Rolls
It’s not the egg roll you’re thinking of. It’s better than the rolls made in the fast-food restaurants and can fill your stomach!
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- ¼ cup of chopped onions
- 2 tbsp of very sliced green beans
- 4 tbsp grated cheddar cheese
- 2 tbsp corn-starch
- 1 cup of bread crumbs
- ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper
- 1 tsp mustard powder
- 2 tsp of tomato ketchup
- Grate the boiled eggs. Add the onions, green beans, cheese, corn-starch, salt, pepper, ketchup, and mustard. And mix them well. Then add bread crumbs to it.
- Mix well and shape the mixture into oblong rolls.
- Fry the rolls in oil on medium heat till the rolls turn golden brown.
8 Cheesy Pita Wedges
Don’t go looking for leftovers in your fridge when cheesy pita wedges can be your savior!
- 1 whole-wheat pita bread or 1 pizza base
- 6 tbsp melted butter
- ½ tsp of crushed garlic
- ½ cup of grated mozzarella
- 3 tbsp chopped fresh basil
- 1 tsp of oregano
- Pinch salt and pepper
- Slit the pita bread/pizza base horizontally to get two thin rounds pieces. Cut each pita bread equally into 8 wedges or triangular pieces. This way you get 16 pieces in all.
- Mix butter, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper and brush the mixture over the inner sides of the wedges. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of it.
- Place the wedges in a single layer on the oven tray. Bake it in the oven for 5 to 6 minutes at 200 degrees celsius or until they are crisp.
9 Date Fingers
If you need something new to eat at night, date fingers are a must-try. Sweet, healthy, and fulfilling!
- ¾ cup of seedless dates (chopped)
- ¼ cup of milk
- 6 digestive biscuits crushed in a mixer
- 4 tbsp of desiccated coconut (2 tbsp for dusting)
- ½ tsp of vanilla essence
- Boil the dates with milk and then cook it on low heat for about 8 to 10 minutes until it becomes dry and softens into a paste. Keep mashing them between also.
- In a bowl, mix the biscuits with 2 tbsp of desiccated coconut and vanilla essence. Add the cooked dates into the mixture and knead it to form a dough.
- Shape the dough into a 3-inch x 5-inch block of ¾ inch thickness on a flat surface and neaten the edges.
- Cut the dough into ½ inch broad fingers. Coat these fingers with the remaining desiccated coconut, covering all the sides completely.
10 Peanut Butter Muesli Squares
For all those who love peanut butter, do try this. It’s easy and yum!
- ½ cup of desiccated coconut
- 200g of sweetened condensed milk
- 200g of toasted muesli
- 35g of peanut butter
- 30g of salted butter
- 35g of roasted peanuts
- 80g of icing sugar
- 30ml of honey
- Line a rectangular dish with aluminium foil and grease it. Spread ¼ cup of desiccated coconut evenly over the base.
- Mix all the ingredients keeping aside the remaining ¼ cup of desiccated coconut.
- Stir the mixture over low heat for about 10 minutes till it becomes thick. Then spread the mixture over the desiccated coconut in the tin.
- Sprinkle the remaining coconut on top and press it. Cover and refrigerate it till it becomes firm. Cut it into squares and use it as your midnight snack later!
11 Maggi Hearts
These children friendly snacks can make your midnight craving turn around completely. Who doesn’t love Maggi, and well it comes it heart shapes now!
- 1 pack of maggi
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 grated carrot
- ¾ cup chopped cabbage
- 1 tbsp almond powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Boil the maggi noodles in 1 cup water on medium flame till all the water gets absorbed.
- In another pan, melt butter on low heat. Add flour and stir fry for 1 minute. Remove the pan from heat and cool it. Add milk and continue stirring. Again, return the pan to heat.
- Add the carrots, cabbage, almond powder in it and mix till it becomes thick and add salt to taste.
- Finally, add the boiled noodles in the pan and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more. Keep mixing the noodles with the other ingredients. Ensure not to mash the noodles.
- Cook till the mixture turns thick enough. Shape it into cutlets thereafter. Remove it from the heat and cool it down.
- With oiled hands shape the mixture into heart-shaped cutlets. Then refrigerate it in the evening. Shallow fry or deep fry it at midnight to have it as your snacks!
12 Baby Corn Fritters
Being a vegetarian doesn’t cut down your options for snacks at midnight. Baby corn fritters are coming to your rescue!
- ½ cup plain flour
- 1 tsp cornflour
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp chili powder
- A pinch of soda bi-carb
- Salt to taste
- 1 cup of baby corn, cut into halves vertically
- In a bowl take the flour, cornflour, buttermilk, chili powder, soda bi-carb, and salt. And mix till it becomes a thick batter.
- Combine the baby corn with salt and mix well. Keep it aside for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain out the excess water.
- Heat the oil in a pan on medium flame. Dip the baby corn in the prepared batter and fry it till it is golden brown from all sides.
- Drain excess oil on absorbent paper and it is ready!
13 Date and Cashew Cookies
Cookies are crunchy and sweet and if made beforehand can make you crave for them more and more even at 1:00 at night!
- ½ cup dates; deseeded and chopped
- ½ cup of soya flour
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup butter
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp chopped cashew nuts, lightly toasted
- 1 ½ tbsp cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp butter for greasing
- Combine the dates and 1 cup of water in a deep pan and bring to boil. Lower the flame and cook for another 10 minutes or till you mash the dates into a puree. Then keep it aside to cool.
- Combine the soya flour, whole wheat flour, butter, and sugar in a bowl. Use your fingertips till the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
- Add the date puree, cashew nuts, and cocoa powder to it and knead it into a semi-stiff dough. Cover with a plastic film and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Roll the dough out onto a sheet of 6mm thickness. Then using a cookie cutter cut out cookies approximately 50mm in diameter.
- Place the cookies on a greased baking tray. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees celsius for 25 minutes or till the cookies are crisp and golden brown. Let it cool and they are ready!
14 Chocolate Salami
Sweets don’t mean you need to go back to ice cream at night. Try this recipe out! It’s new and will turn out to be your favorite!
- 300g of digestive or dry biscuits
- 150g of butter
- 200g of dark chocolate
- 2 eggs
- 100g of sugar
- Icing sugar
- Crumble the biscuits coarsely with your hands. Meanwhile melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler.While the chocolate melts, make the butter into a cream by using a spoon. Add sugar when the butter is soft enough.
- Add the eggs to the butter and mix it well until you get a smooth and quiet homogeneous cream.
- Now add the chocolate and mix until it becomes perfectly Add the chocolate mixture to the chopped biscuits and mix. Place the mixture on a baking sheet and give it a cylindrical shape, with the aid of your hands. Once you have given the right shape, roll it in the baking paper.
- Tighten firmly to the sides, then roll it in the same way in a sheet of aluminium. Put Chocolate Salami to cool in the refrigerator to chill. Once hardened roll it in icing sugar. Cut pieces and your midnight snack is ready!
15 Sweet and Sour Chana Chaat
This chaat is to help you cope with your piquant cravings at night. When in doubt, definitely go for this!
- 2 cups of crushed whole wheat khakhras
- 1 cup boiled chickpeas
- 1 cup chopped paneer (cottage cheese)
- ¼ cup chopped tomatoes
- 3 tbsp chopped raw mangoes
- 2 tbsp chopped coriander
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 ½ tbsp green chutney and 3 tbsp of tamarind chutney
- 1 tsp jeera powder and chaat masala
- Mix all the ingredients together to form the chaat. Add extra chutney and chaat masala if required before eating.
16 Potato Baskets
Not underestimating potatoes in any way. This recipe is perfect for night snacks and will increase your respect for potatoes!
- 4 baby potatoes, blanched, halved, and scooped
- ¼ cup soaked, boiled, and coarsely chopped kidney beans
- 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
- ¼ tsp chili sauce
- 1 tbsp of chopped coriander
- 2 tbsp grated cheese for topping
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine tomato ketchup, chili sauce, coriander, salt, and pepper. Then mix it well.
- Fill each potato half with the filling. Top them with the grated cheese and bake it in a hot oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 5 minutes. Serve hot!
17 Saffron Chenna Pie
If you feel like ordering pies on Swiggy or Zomato, stop right there and try out this pie recipe at night!
- ¾ cup crumbled fresh paneer (cottage cheese)
- ½ cup milk
- 3 tbsp sugar
- A few strands of saffron
- 1 tbsp warm milk and cornflour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Combine the paneer, milk, sugar, and saffron and blend it in a mixer to a smooth paste. Transfer the mixture into a bowl, add the corn flour, and baking powder and mix well.
- Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and keep it aside. Pour 1 part of the mixture into a 100mm microwave-safe glass bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds.
- Serve immediately after taking out.
18 Cheese and Carrot Rolls
Carrots and cheesy? Yes, it’s possible! Go for these cheesy carrot rolls at night and see your hunger vanish.
- 5 fresh bread slices
- Melted butter for greasing and smearing
To Be Mixed in a Filling
- ¾ cup grated carrots
- 3 tbsp grated cheese
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp finely chopped green chilies
- 1 tsp white vinegar and mustard powder
- Salt to taste
- Remove the crusts from the bread slices and flatten each slice using a rolling pin. Place a little prepared filling on one end of each slice and roll it.
- Cut the roll into three portions and arrange them on a baking tray. Apply a little melted butter on each roll.
- Bake them in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 10 to 12 minutes. Serve immediately.
19 Mini Pancakes
Pancakes during movie nights can be perfect, make mini ones, and add them to your midnight snack list!
- 125 g of flour
- Pinch of salt, sugar and vanilla essence
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- 150ml milk
- 1 egg
- Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and vanilla essence. Then add the milk and egg and beat till it becomes smooth.
- Grease the frying pan with butter and pour the batter little by little to make small circles. Flip after 1-2 minutes. Serve hot!
20 Cheese-Raisin Sandwiches
Want something simple? Yes, this is the simplest recipe which will help you at night. Unconventional it is, but it’s worth giving a shot!
- 8 slices of brown bread buttered
- 4 tbsp raisins soaked in warm water
- ¾ cup grated cheddar cheese
- 3 tbsp of milk and mayonnaise
- Mix grated cheese with milk and mayonnaise and add strained raisins.
- Butter all the slices and spread some mixture on the slice and cover with another slice. Trim the sides if required. Cut into two and serve.