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Our Favourite Healthy and Quick Snacks

24 November 2020

We all know the feeling, whether you get it mid-morning or mid-afternoon, the food craving hits and the urge to snack is real! we know it’s easy to pop to the store next door or buy something from a vending machine, but you can also quickly and easily make yourself a healthy snack! We’re not saying you can’t treat yourself to a chocolate bar, you should never deny yourself the foods you love, but it’s important to eat snacks that won’t leave you hungry! Nutritious choices also help you feel energised throughout the whole day, avoiding those sugar crashes and in turn helping you to stay fuelled and focused  and ready to study– exactly why at Novel we offer a free weekday grab and go breakfast along with bottomless coffee all day!

Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer something savoury here are some of our favourite quick and healthy snacks – leave a comment below and add any of your favourites!

Chocolate Orange Overnight Oats
Not just for breakfast but you can have oats as a snack too!
Prep time: 5 minutes and overnight chilling

  • 120g rolled oats
  • 250ml low-fat milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ medium orange, juiced
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 100g low-fat plain yoghurt (topping)

Vegetable Fritters
Great to get those veggies in!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 3 minutes

  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 50g/1¾oz self-raising flour
  • 150g/5½oz butternut squash, grated
  • 198g tin sweetcorn, drained
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced
  • 4 tbsp oil, olive, sunflower or vegetable
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


Break the egg into a bowl. Whisk the egg and flour together in a large bowl and add all your veggies.
Heat the of the oil in a large pan and add 2 large spoonful’s of the batter in, spreading it with the back of your spoon. Add in more batter, leaving a space of 2-3cm. You can cook in batches but avoid them merging.
Cook over a medium heat for 3 minutes on each side, or until crisp and golden-brown.
*You can serve with a dip of your choice!

Vegan flapjacks
An alternative dairy-free recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes

  • 140g dairy-free spread
  • 140g soft light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 175g rolled oats
  • 75g chopped nuts of your choice
  • 75g dried fruit

*You can always mix it up and chose your own favourite nuts and dried fruits!

Heat the oven to 160C (fan) and line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper.
Melt the dairy-free spread, sugar and syrup in a saucepan. Turn off the heat and tip in the oats, chopped nuts and dried fruit. Pour into the tin and fill evenly.
Bake for 30 – 35 mins until lightly golden and crisp around the edges. Leave to cool in the tin before slicing into squares and storing in an airtight container.

So, there you go, just some of our favourite snacks here at Novel Student. But before you go, we have some additional ingredients which you can add to your recipes to help satisfy and fill you up – be as adventurous as you like!

Honey – make it sweeter and cure that sugar craving.

Yoghurt – bulk out your snack and also add that extra bit of flavour (great for smoothies).

Fruit and veg – reaching there sell by date? Chuck them in your smoothie or blend together to make a fritter, like the above! You can also buy frozen veg and fruit which work just as well and can be more manageable if you don’t get to the shops often.

Post exercise recovery – Add in some protein powder to your shake or make some protein pancakes! If you have a some left over nuts, mix them with some peanut butter, water, cocoa, protein powder and roll them all together with your hands. You now have yourself some bliss protein balls!

Finishing touches – toppings! Sprinkle some cocoa powder, desiccated coconut, cinnamon, ginger, you name it! All these will just provide a little bit more flavour satisfying you even more!

Make sure you comment below with your own favourite recipes – happy snacking!

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