Sweet & Simple Snacks Pt. 1: Two Easy Treats

Peanut Butter & Jelly Snack Mix and Parmesan Crisps

The life of a college student means there is very little time for preparing food. Since I commute, there are many times where I spend my whole day on campus, and consequently need to eat at some point. However, the cafeteria doesn’t appeal to me much. Usually, this means I grab an apple or a protein bar on my way out the door, but that gets boring really fast. Sometimes, I’ve got to get creative. I need fuel that’s fun and easy to make.

Today and tomorrow I will be bringing you 4 Sweet & Simple Snacks (2 today; 2 tomorrow). By “sweet and simple,” I meant that they’re totally quick and easy to throw together, but super tasty as well.

First up, my latest snack of choice: Peanut Butter & Jelly Snack Mix.

This stuff is awesome for several reasons:

  1. You only need two ingredients: Peanut Butter Multigrain Cheerios and grapes.
  2. It’s healthy.
  3. Kids love it too.

Not only is this snack simple, but it’s fun as well. Who doesn’t love a good spin on PB&J? It’s absolutely perfect for packing in a ziplock bag and toting to school/work/where ever. I love the sweet and salty combination, as well as the mix of textures. So, when you’re in need of a satisfying snack that’s as good for you as it is yummy, this stuff is where it’s at!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Snack Mix
By The Smart Cookie Cook

All You Need Is:

  • 3/4 cup Multigrain Peanut Butter Cheerios
  • 1/2 cup grapes

To Serve it Up:

Combine Cheerios and grapes in a small bowl or pack into a ziplock bag to take to work or school. Enjoy!


The second Sweet & Simple Snack: Parmesan Crisps.

These are basically the simplest food in existence. It’s literally Parmesan cheese with some garlic powder & red pepper flakes sprinkled on. You let it melt and turn golden, give it a flip, and VIOLA. Like magic, the cheese turns into a thin and crispy chip. They taste like an upscale Cheez-it, and they’re so addicting! These not only make a great snack, but they’re a perfect party appetizer as well. You can churn out dozens of these babies in minutes and keep your guests snacking all night!

Parmesan Crisps
By The Smart Cookie Cook

Yield: 12 crisps (Note: You can easily double or triple this recipe as necessary)

All You Need Is:

  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • garlic powder
  • red pepper flakes

To Serve it Up:

  1. Bring a skillet to medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle a tablespoon of cheese onto the skillet in the shape of a small circle, making sure there are no holes. I recommend cooking four crisps at a time. Let cook until cheese melts and turns golden on the bottom. Gently slide a spatula underneath the crisp and flip. Let cook until the other side is golden. Transfer to a plate. Sprinkle with garlic powder & red pepper flakes to taste. Enjoy!

Making appetizing snacks can be easy! Switch up your same ol’ snack routine and try these easy and delicious twists. Make sure you stop in tomorrow for two more Sweet & Simple treats! Here’s a hint for what’s to come in part two: a little bit of indulgence!

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Colleen Bierstine


  1. These are great quick snacks! In fact, I usually munch on cereal a lot of times anyway, but the addition of the grapes sounds better. Also the crisps do look like they would not be as bad for you as potato chips and I do like Parmesan-yum! Thanks for keeping me snack happy!

  2. I LOVE parm crisps. I could easily eat an entire block of parm this way. ha. Never sprinkled in the red pepper flakes though…will definitely try that. Love a little extra spice.

  3. I’ve seen Parmesan crisps before, but not with the garlic and pepper added–that’s a really nice touch! They would make great garnishes, too.

    • Hi Caitlin! Make sure your pan is well greased. You should also spray the spatula to help it release the cheese. then when the cheese is golden on one side, quickly slide the spatula underneath is a fast, swift motion. Gingerly and swiftly turn it over.

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