Snacking is tricky. You're on the move, you're busy, you can't really stop, there are so many other (not so nutritious) options which are easy to grab. Celebration times like Christmas and Easter can make it even harder, when chocolate and sweet 'treats' are within easy reach. But with a little preparation you can have have a snack available which will nourish you, and keep you full and energised. These are a perfect post-workout snack too.
Snacking is important if you're hungry because regular eating will keep your blood glucose stable. This is vital for mood, appetite control and productivity. Snacks which contain protein, whole carbohydrate and low sugar are the best combination.
Not just snacking! These are great alternative to offer guests if you're having a celebration. These always go down very well when I offer them to my clients, friends and family alike. Children love making them (you get quite messy!); they don't require any baking, are simple to make and packed full of healthy ingredients. You can play around with the flavours and make them to your own taste.
Here I’ve created two versions; salted chocolate & peanut butter and tahini & sultana. It’s very easy to add other ingredients like mixed spice and cranberries for a Christmas version, so have fun experimenting!
WHAT YOU NEED: (I’ve used cup measurements as I found it easier - you can get a simple set of measuring cups online)
Salted chocolate and peanut butter
1.5cups rolled oats 3/4 cup peanut butter (good quality) 1/4 cup runny honey 2tbsp raw cacao nibs 2tbsp raw cacao powder 1tbsp hemp seed hearts (ground hemp seeds, or you can also use ground linseed) 1/2 tbsp chia seeds 1 tbsp coconut sugar 4 finely chopped dates (food processor gives the right texture) . sea salt to taste (this will depend on the saltiness of your peanut butter is. Just taste before you roll!)
Tahini and sultana
1.5 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup light tahini
1/4 cup runny honey
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp hemp seed hearts (ground hemp seeds, or you can also use ground linseed)
1 tbsp coconut sugar
8 finely chopped dates
WHAT YOU DO: Simply mix and roll!! You need a consistency that holds together, so you may need to add a spot of hot water to the peanut butter version (especially if your nut butter is stiff, but don’t make it wet). Add a sprinkle of desiccated coconut over the top and chill in the fridge. Afternoon pick-me-up or a beautiful plateful of sweet, healthy snacks to entertain a gathering.
These also freeze really well. Put them on a tray, pop into the freezer and then bag up when they are frozen. That way they don't stick together!