I am guilty of bad snacking. Crisps, milk chocolates and cookies. I have a desk job, and I always crave something sweet to eat mid-morning or mid-afternoon aside from my normal breakfast, lunch, and fruits. I eat regularly, especially small snacks. I always think Iโ€™ll burn it off later in the gym (which I do, but it doesnโ€™t excuse bad snacking).

So what I have tried to do to fix that, is switching my milk chocolates to dark 85% and make my own nut bars and energy balls. One or two of these a day have helped to get my cravings in order. They are easy to make, full of whole food goodness, contains essential nutrients, healthy fats and protein. You can also tailor them to suit your taste and if you need fast or slow energy releasing food.

ingredients-for-nutcacao

Ingredients (makes 10 bites):

  • 125 mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts)
  • 50g Medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened peanut butter
  • 25g cacao powder
  • 3 teaspoons carob fruit syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Desiccated coconut to top (optional)

What you need:

  • Food processor
  • Cookie cutter (optional, you can make them round like mine, or as bars or shape them into small balls)
  • Greaseproof paper/foil (optional)

How to make:

  • Process the nuts until they are finely chopped
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients and process until the ingredients stick together
  • Place the mixture in a tray and even them out
  • Sprinkle the shredded coconut on top and gently press them into the mixture
  • Cut the round shapes with the cookie cutter, separate the rounds with greaseproof paper/foil and store in containers
  • Keep in the fridge for up to 5 days

 

Posted by:Fransisca

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