Recipe: BBQ Flavor Crispy Green Bean Snacks

Recipe: BBQ Flavor Crispy Green Bean Snacks

When it comes to junk food, I’m a sucker for salty snacks. If I get hit with a sudden craving for something unhealthy, it’s not usually something in the candy, cookie, or ice cream aisle…what’s usually calling my names is a bag of salty, greasy, MSG-laden chips. And when it comes to portion control, the old ad slogan about not being able to eat just one rings true…it’s pretty common for me to plan to eat just a couple of chips, only to find myself staring at my own reflection in the bottom of an empty chip bag….wondering where they all went! Often as not my stomach feels as bad as my conscience does after I indulge in that sort of thing, even when the chips are all-natural, organic and MSG free. I try to bypass this whole dilemma by not buying chips very often, but I still get that salty-crispy craving.

Want an alternative? BBQ flavor crispy green bean snacks have all the crunch and flavor of chips, with none of the grease and guilt. My favorite way to makes these comes from a recipe I found at the Harmonious Grub blog…they’re baked, rather than fried (too greasy) or dehydrated (too impatient to wait!). And they’re not hard to make. Just start with organic green beans…

Try these BBQ crispy green bean snacks...a great alternative to junk food snacking!

I found that they sell huge bags of frozen organic green beans at a warehouse store where I shop, and I always keep a bag of them in my freezer. They are a great quick side dish when I don’t have anything fresh, and they work well for these green bean snacks. Toss them in a strainer and run warm water over them and they’re ready to go! If you have fresh green beans, just wash them and blanch them for a few minutes in boiling water, then drain them and set them aside.

Try these BBQ crispy green bean snacks...a great alternative to junk food snacking!

For the seasoning, mix together some dry spices. I found this recipe for BBQ spice online and I love it! It’s great on meat, and also perfect for snacks like this one. Toss the green beans with some olive oil and then add the spices and mix well. I happened to have a plastic zip-lock bag that was heading for the trash if it didn’t get re-used, so I put it to good use and threw everything in, zipped it up, and shook it until the beans were all coated with spices. A big bowl and a wooden spoon will accomplish the same thing.

Try these BBQ crispy green bean snacks...a great alternative to junk food snacking!

Place some wire racks on cookie sheets, and arrange the beans on the racks. Bake them in the oven at 395 degrees for about 1/2 hour. You’ll want to keep an eye on them, they may not cook evenly so you may find yourself pulling a few crispy beans out and letting others stay in a little longer.

Try these BBQ crispy green bean snacks...a great alternative to junk food snacking!

When they’re done, just let them cool off a minute and enjoy them! They are even good with a little homemade ranch dip. Who needs chips? These are just as good, and so much better for you!


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Try these BBQ crispy green bean snacks...a great alternative to junk food snacking!

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  1. amber

    Ooh, these look great. Love green beans and have been looking for a BBQ spice mix for a while. Thank you!

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      Erica Hale

      Stefani, It looks like for most dehydrators, you’d need to put them in at 125-135, for 6-8 hours. Let me know how they turn out dehydrated if you try it!

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