Healthy Snacks for the Movie Theater

This weekend, the boyfriend and I are heading out to go see the new Scream 4 in theaters. We love going to the movies, but we’re not fans of the horrible snack choices and how expensive they are. It’s nice to get popcorn sometimes as a treat, but we get to go fairly often through my work, so we can’t get it every time. Sometimes we like to make our own healthier snacks and sneak them in. I know its wrong, but if they started offering healthier options, we wouldn’t have to do this!

This time we wanted to pack lots of protein into our snacks, so we made two recipes that are high in protein – Chocolate Protein Granola and Sweet Spiced Roasted Chickpeas. Both snacks were a big hit and have lots of crunch and flavour while still being a healthy option. (See recipes below.)

I have always been a huge fan of roasted chickpeas, but I have to say that this new granola recipe was great too. I’m thinking about making it to add on top of my yogurt too.
Chocolate Protein Granola
What you’ll need:
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup mixin’s (dried fruit, seeds, etc)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, combine honey, brown sugar, water, canola oil and vanilla extract. Add in cocoa powder and protein powder and stir until well combined. Add in oatmeal and stir to coat.
Spread mixture on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time.
Remove cooked granola from pan and stir in mixin’s.
Sweet Spiced Roasted Chickpeas
What you’ll need:
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted dry
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until evenly coated.
Spread chickpeas on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Our goodies are all packed up in resealable containers and ready to head out to the show!
I can’t wait for it to be Friday night!

Chocolate Protein Granola – Printable Version
Sweet Spiced Roasted Chickpeas – Printable Version

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  1. says

    You need a silpat for these recipes, my friend!!

    I love making my own granola too. I add some ground flax into the mix. I actually add ground flax to pretty much all my baking :) you should give it a try next time.

  2. says

    I’ve thought about a silpat (and was even looking at them at Williams-Sonoma this past weekend). Do they work really well?

    Adding flax seed to the mix sounds great! I’ll have to give it a shot next time :)

  3. says

    YES! cleaning-up time is reduced infinitely. You can get non-brand name version from Winners and even Loblaws/Supercentre that work pretty well too.
    I love Williams-Sonoma. Those copper pots, and kitchen gadgets call out to me every time I visit. Did you know they are the same company as Pottery barn?

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