When I want a little sweet treat I make smoothies.

My base is always frozen banana + milk + oats then do one of these:

Cinnamon + vanilla

Pumpkin + pumpkin spice+ brown sugar

Strawberries/blue berries

Cost like under a dollar to make a good cup and they are pretty filling.

  • @[email protected]
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    Not sure if this counts as “little” because it has to go into the oven for 45mins… But it’s assembled in under 5 minutes and you can get rid of your old bananas that already turned brown:

    Banana bread

    4 Bananas, 80ml (vegetable) oil, 80g sugar, 250g flour, 2tsp baking powder, 1tsp vanilla sugar, some chocolate (drops).

    Smash the bananas, mix in all the other ingredients to a smooth dough. Find some chocolate from christmas that’s still laying around in the house, crush it and mix it in.

    Bake it at 170°C. Takes 40-50min in a loaf pan. Don’t forget to grase the pan before or use baking parchment.

    Doesn’t need any fancy ingredients like milk or eggs. And you can pretty much wing it. You can also experiment, put some cinnamon or oat flakes in… And don’t bake it too well, I think it’s best when it’s still a bit gooey and moist inside.

  • ℕ𝕖𝕞𝕠
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    Popcorn with garlic powder, Parmesan, and black pepper.

    35¢ of ingredients for a gourmet-feeling snack.

    • @ericbombOP
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      96 days ago

      Oooh great shout! Now remembering how crazy we would go with the little $20 popcorn machine my mom bought.

    • @[email protected]
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      And does it just stick? If so what’s the trick? I pop my popcorn, and it must be some crazy salt resistant mutation. I have ground the salt up in a blender, bought the popcorn salt, etc and it’s like the popcorn has some defense mechanism.

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    Raw mushrooms dipped in Hidden Valley are pretty good… I love how they pop lightly when your teeth pass through them. You also can’t go wrong with a peanut butter and banana sandwich…

    I have a copycat recipe for Taco Bells quesadilla sauce that is dirt cheap to make. I’ve probably made 30 liters of it in my lifetime. Smear that on a mini flour tortilla with some Great Value grilled chicken strips (no doubt made with tortured chickens to keep the price low) and a bit of shredded cheese (cheddar and monteray jack) and you’ve got one hell of a tasty quesadilla to fry up.

    Here’s the recipe for the sauce. Let me know if you get around to making it. Would love to know what you think.

    1 cup mayo (I use Helman’s 1/2 fat)

    2 tbsp sugar

    2 tbsp pickled jalapeno juice (from Old El Paso pickled jalapeños)

    2 tsp cumin

    2 tsp paprika

    1/2 tsp garlic powder

    1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

    A dash of salt

    And how ever many diced pickled jalapeños you see fit

  • @grasshopper_mouse
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    Hint of Lime Tostitos and guacamole. I could eat an entire bag, which is why I rarely buy them.

  • @j4k3
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    Vegan chocolate chip cookie. I’m not vegan, but cutting dairy completely was a major daily health improvement. Tried it once for a few weeks and never went back.

    • @ericbombOP
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      Oh sick!

      I always find joy in the fact that vegan community accidentally made a large infrastructure for people who need to cut out certain animal products.

      Find that you can’t eat eggs? Vegans know what replacements work for what purpose.

      Milk disagree with you? They have choices!

      Happy to hear that it made it easier to cut out dairy for your health!

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    Banana milk! 1 ripe banana, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, 1 tbsp maple syrup, a few drops of vanilla extract, blend and pour through a sieve over ice. So refreshing and very cheap.

  • @BonesOfTheMoon
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    Real popcorn popped in a pot with olive oil and sea salt. Dead easy and cheap.

  • @Kayday
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    Adding a splash of heavy cream to my cereal.

  • @khannie
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    Brown soda bread made with buttermilk, still warm from the oven with butter and good cheddar. So comforting. It’s like tasting my childhood again.

    • geogle
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      You can’t just lay that out there without giving us the deets on how to create it ourselves

      • @khannie
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        Hahaha. In a short space I’ve had two folks asking for it.

        It honestly couldn’t be simpler. I did reply to the other request with the basics and will get back to you both in the morning as it’s 2am here. :)

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        I’m gonna get you the proper measurements etc. tomorrow because it’s very late here but the ingredients are:

        400g wholemeal flour

        White plain flour, seived (my own preference is about 1/4 but you let your mouth decide from experience)

        Baking soda

        Pinch of salt

        Buttermilk until it’s fairly mushy

        Honestly you just lump it all together. Make a circular mound out of it. Criss cross with a knife and lob it in the oven on a floured baking tray at 180C for fan.

        I’ll get you a proper recipe in the morning or poke me if I forget. It’s hard to do wrong and I’m not a good baker.

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          That’s good enough, I can work with that. Thank you!

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            Here’s a decent one. I was pretty close. :D

            I would tend to do 400 / 100 brown to white, no wheatgerm as I said but I do like it it a bit more dense. Higher white flour ratio will have it slightly less dense so up to yourself. It’s technically possible to do with normal milk and baking powder (instead of buttermilk / baking soda) but I would always go with the buttermilk and soda myself.

            I also frequently use that recipe and just roll it out and cut scones out of it with a glass or large cutter. They cook faster for hungry kids and have more crust (which I like).

            Interested to hear if you do give it a whirl. :)

            edit: I had a quick look at your post history and see you’re vegan. Baking powder (probably 2tsp I imagine for the acid + base instead of 1 for just the base when using baking soda) with oatmilk I would imagine would be totally fine. I’m not sure if there are any acidic vegan milks that would be the equivalent of the buttermilk?

            In a pinch I have used cows milk, baking soda and a small amount of vinegar or even lemon juice in the milk for raising. Good luck!

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              Ok I’m vegan so I’ll have to substitute a bit but that’s fine, I can make it work! Thanks.

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    Chopped, frozen strawberries in milk. Sometimes with maple syrup. Cream if I’m feeling rich.

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    Cheap popsicles. Relatively low calories (<100 depending on the brand), take a while to eat, and are extremely cheap.

    If you make your own you can drive the price and Calories even lower and drive the flavor way up.

    Side note: I just learned “popsicle” is the brand name and not a term for the food. Kind of like saying Kleenex instead of tissue. I had no idea, I’ve just always called them popsicles.

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      Hah crazy how often brands pull this off and we don’t even notice.

      But yeah popsicles are good! I now have good memories of making popsicles with like lemonade and strawberries in them in ice cube trays.

      I should make some ice cube popsicles…

    • Franklin
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      I’ve been enjoying these Skyr frozen yogurt pops that have only 90 calories and 7g of sugar but they’re still about a dollar each which I feel is a little expensive.

      • NotNotMike
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        Definitely make your own, if you can stomach the time. You can buy molds online for a cheap initial investment, then just water down some fruit juice.

        You can also use real fruit if you don’t mind a chunkier texture and own a food processor already.

        • Franklin
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          You have mecurious now if I could do the same thing with my own skyr and xanthum gum… I might have to do some experimenting.