Struggling with that 3pm slump? It’s a common scenario: lunch has worn off, dinner’s still hours away, and you need something to get you through. Instead of reaching for the usual sweets or a cup of coffee, why not try something savory? Here are some great savory snack recipes that are easy to make and perfect for recharging your batteries during the afternoon grind. Whether you’re in the mood for something cheesy, crispy, or with a little kick, these snacks have it all.

Salted Fried Peanuts. Photo credit: Delightful Plate.
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Air Fryer Gnocchi

Air fryer cauliflower gnocchi in a bowl.
Air Fryer Gnocchi. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Whip up some crispy cauliflower gnocchi using an air fryer to beat the 3pm work slump. This quick snack packs a crunch and is perfect whether you’re using Trader Joe’s or another brand.
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Salt and Vinegar Popcorn Cauliflower

Salt and vinegar popcorn cauliflower in a newspaper covered bowl.
Salt and Vinegar Popcorn Cauliflower. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Craving something tangy and crunchy? This salt and vinegar popcorn cauliflower is just as addictive as popcorn shrimp and perfect for an afternoon snack.
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Buffalo Sauce Beef Jerky

Buffalo sauce beef jerky on a dark background.
Buffalo Sauce Beef Jerky. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Make your own buffalo sauce beef jerky to add some kick to your afternoon. It’s easy, inexpensive, and packed with the bold flavor of your favorite buffalo wings.
Get the Recipe: Buffalo Sauce Beef Jerky

Eggplant Chips

Mediterranean Eggplant Chips.
Eggplant Chips. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These eggplant chips are crisped to perfection with Mediterranean spices and are great with your favorite dip to push through the afternoon cravings.
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Lamb Jerky

Lamb jerky in a glass jar.
Lamb Jerky. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Try making some lamb jerky at home, seasoned with garlic, onion, and spices. It’s a great snack that’s leaner than beef and keeps you energized through the workday.
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Snap Pea Crisps

Spicy Homemade Snap Pea Crisps on a white plate with parsley garnish and hummus on the side for dipping.
Snap Pea Crisps. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Snap pea crisps are your go-to for a cheesy, crunchy afternoon treat. They’re simple to make and a tasty alternative to store-bought snacks.
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Spicy Seasoned Pretzels

Spicy seasoned pretzels in a black bowl with small bowl of guacamole on the side.
Spicy Seasoned Pretzels. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These homemade spicy seasoned pretzels are perfect for dipping and a great way to spice up your afternoon snack routine.
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Stuffed Pretzel Bites

Hummus stuffed pretzel bites.
Stuffed Pretzel Bites. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Bite into these hummus-stuffed pretzel bites for a soft, salty, and filling snack that’s perfect for that afternoon energy boost.
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Tomato Chips

Tomato chips stacked on a white surface.
Tomato Chips. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Microwave tomato chips are a quick and surprisingly tasty snack to liven up your snack time.
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Roasted Squash Seeds

Roasted squash seeds in a white bowl with a spoon.
Roasted Squash Seeds. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Don’t toss those squash seeds! Roast them with simple seasoning for a crunchy snack that’s perfect for getting over the afternoon slump.
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Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan Crisps. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

With just one ingredient and five minutes, you can make parmesan crisps that are a crunchy topping for soups or a great snack by themselves.
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Carrot Chips

Carrot Chips. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Whether you prefer them spicy or sweet, these baked carrot chips are a fantastic way to enjoy a healthy, flavorful snack in the afternoon.
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Cajun Snack Mix

Cajun Snack Mix. Photo credit: The Cookin’ Chicks.

This bold and spicy Cajun Snack Mix is ready to kick your 3pm cravings to the curb. Enjoy it anytime you need a flavorful pick-me-up!
Get the Recipe: Cajun Snack Mix

Salted Fried Peanuts

Salted Fried Peanuts. Photo credit: Delightful Plate.

Homemade salted fried peanuts bring the perfect crunch to your snack time, great for those who love a straightforward, savory nibble.
Get the Recipe: Salted Fried Peanuts

Healthy Sweet Potato Crackers

Healthy Sweet Potato Crackers. Photo credit: Healthy Kids Recipes.

These whole wheat sweet potato crackers are a perfect snack for kids and adults alike, with a cheesy flavor and natural sweetness that are ideal for an afternoon snack.
Get the Recipe: Healthy Sweet Potato Crackers

Charcuterie Skewers

Charcuterie Skewers. Photo credit: The Oregon Dietitian.

Charcuterie skewers are quick, easy, and packed with protein. They’re perfect for on-the-go snacking or for a sophisticated afternoon treat.
Get the Recipe: Charcuterie Skewers

Turkey and Cheese Rollups

Turkey and Cheese Rollups. Photo credit: Simply Made Eats.

Turkey and Cheese Roll Ups are super easy to make and a great snack to keep you going through any workday afternoon—forget the sandwich and roll these up instead!
Get the Recipe: Turkey and Cheese Rollups

Sourdough Cheese It Crackers

Sourdough Cheese It Crackers. Photo credit: Two Pink Peonies.

Crunchy, cheesy Sourdough Cheese It Crackers are a great use for sourdough discard and make an excellent afternoon snack.
Get the Recipe: Sourdough Cheese It Crackers

BBQ Roasted Chickpeas

BBQ roasted chickpeas on a white plate.
BBQ Roasted Chickpeas. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These crispy BBQ roasted chickpeas are a healthier alternative to chips and have all the savory flavors you crave to power through your afternoon.
Get the Recipe: BBQ Roasted Chickpeas

Garlic Chex Mix

Garlic Chex Mix. Photo credit: Two Pink Peonies.

This Garlic Chex Mix is loaded with flavor, perfect for garlic lovers looking for a savory snack to beat the afternoon drowsiness.
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Homemade Kettle Chips

Homemade Kettle Chips. Photo credit: Pear Tree Kitchen.

Crunchy homemade kettle chips are easy to make and can be flavored any way you like, making them a great snack for your afternoon break.
Get the Recipe: Homemade Kettle Chips

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