08 Snacks & Toppings

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What you’ll learn

The bite-sized goodies, the crunchy things, the on-the-go snacks—learn to make a bunch of reliable favorites and remix them with our tips to make them your own.

The objectives for this module:

  • Learn how to make Cauliflower Tots and how to adapt them for countless variations
  • Make simple Seeded Crackers that can be adapted and used in a variety of meals
  • Master making on-the-go snack “Toasted PB&J Amazeballs” with many variations

Overview & Recap

Required: read and complete the module recap

1: Snacks & Toppings Overview

Instead of watching video lessons for this module, you’ll be putting your know-how and cooking skills into practice with Practice Recipes only—they are your lessons.

You’ve already learned how to make a few snacks so far. Now, let’s add more reliable classics to your cooking toolbox. As always, we’ll provide loads of tips as you go so you can change up these recipes depending on what you have or what your food mood is. We’ll also show you how to batch cook and remix these recipes for different variations.

2: Snacks & Toppings Lesson Recap

Your Lesson Recap will be your personal inputs of progress (photo and written). Grab your cooking journal, prepare at least one Practice Recipe, then complete this recap.

You must complete the recap to complete the module and eventually the course.

Practice Recipes

Recommended: prepare a minimum of 1 recipe

Practice cooking skills with Practice Recipes. Remember to always read the entire recipe before preparing it so you have the right ingredients on hand and the tools you need to make it effortless. Remember your friend mise en place, and season to taste as you go.

Cauliflower Tots

Crunchy, flavorful tots that are great on their own, and they’d also pair very well with any of the Sauces & Dressings that you’ve learned how to make so far (hint, hint). Batch cook and freeze for future snacks and party appetizers!


Toasted PB&J Amazeballs

A toasted peanut butter and jelly sandwich is oozy, salty sweetness—pure nostalgia. With this recipe, you get all of those flavors in an easy, crunchy, travel-friendly snack. Pack them for post workout, for the office, for travel, or serve them at home.


Seeded Crackers

Flavorful crackers that are great for snacking, plunging into soups and stews, spreading with dips, or crumbling into salads for extra crunch.



Helpful and inspiring books, articles, recipes, shopping links, and more for good food cooking.

“Pantry to Plate” Challenge

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Take the Pantry to Plate Challenge, upload your experience, and earn credits to use towards future courses and goodies from Good Food Cooking School.

Knowing how to open your pantry or fridge and make what you have into something special is a must-have skill these days. We’re showing you how it’s done with this course and if you want more practice, more tools, and more reward for your efforts, grab a copy of the book that inspired Good Food Cooking School: Pantry to Plate.

The Challenge: from your copy of Pantry to Plate, use the Probiotic Cream Cheese Recipe Template on page 129, plus everything you’ve learned so far about ingredient substitutions, textures, and flavor building to make something really special: a homemade batch of dairy-free cream cheese! You can do this.

Follow the steps, recommendations, and guidelines from Pantry to Plate, but make it your own with everything you’ve learned so far. Grab your cooking journal and document what you try and why. And remember, always taste as you go!

Required to complete The Challenge: Share one photo and your experience with the Challenge in the fields above. 

Optional, but encouraged: Share in the private classmates group and show us your creations on Instagram (tag @YumUniverse and #pantrytoplate).

Earn 3 Credits = $3
Complete the Challenge and once approved by our team, you’ll earn 3 credits (= $3) to use towards a future course enrollment or product offered by GFCS. The more Challenges you complete the more credits you earn.

Extra Learning & Cheat Sheets

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Measuring Cheat Sheet

Sometimes you want more or less than the serving amount a recipe creates—use this handy cheat sheet to upsize and downsize a recipe.

Batch Cooking

Tips to help you turn all of this week’s recipes in to multiple future meals.

Extra Recipes

We’ve added Almond Crunch Kale Chips, Sweet Potato Fries, and Crispy Chickpea recipes to your collection of Snacks & Toppings already shared throughout this course. They’re all here—you have lots of options for extra good food cooking practice and eating.

Extra Books & Courses

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YumUniverse Pantry to Plate

100 recipes + 30 recipe templates to help you create incredible meals from what you have on hand—as seen in O Magazine and on Oprah.com. Written by your Good Food Cooking Basics Instructor and author Heather Crosby. (plant-based, gluten-free) 

The YumUniverse Cookbook

150 veg-powered, gluten-free recipes for all eaters—written by your Good Food Cooking Basics Instructor and author Heather Crosby. (plant-based, gluten-free)

Gluten-Free Baking Academy

Learn to make gluten-free baked goods like sourdough, quick breads, flatbreads, sandwich loaves, and cookies with wholesome, minimally processed ingredients.

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