Managing the Munchies
I hope you are all having a great week!
I wanted to dedicate this post to the snacker in all of us. We all know that there is a certain point in the day when we need to satisfy that sweet and salty craving to get through the last few hours of work, or for a snack in between meals. Personally, I always try to be prepared with a batch of my favourite goodies at the beginning of the week for a quick grab and go bite. I like to include nuts in my snacks because they are very satisfying, contain fibre, healthy fats and are very versatile. I might be a little nuts about nuts!
I regret to inform you that there is no veggie featured in this post. A girl’s gotta snack, right?
Today I will focus on some of my favourite sweet snacks I enjoy guilt-free throughout the week:
Some ingredients i like to use in my snacks include
-Oatmeal (a good source of fibre and the soluble kind which has been proven to lower cholesterol)
-Wheat germ (a great source of iron, folate and B vitamins, just store it in the refrigerator after opening or it will go rancid!)
-Dates (their high magnesium contents makes them good for lowering blood pressure, reducing stroke risk and reduces inflammation)
-Chickpeas (a good source of zinc which is important for cell metabolism, fibre and protein)
1) Two-Ingredient Date Balls (they have the same consistency as truffles!)
I looove this recipe because its so easy. Simple puree dates with a food processor and add an equal part of nuts. If you add the nuts to the food processor, the consistency will be smooth or if you crush the nuts with a pan over a ziploc bag full of the nuts, you will get a crunchy consistency, or you can combine half and half for a texture in between! In the recipes below, I have also added a coating to the date balls such as orange zest and sugar, nuts, coconut or melted chocolate. One batch of 20 small ball is equivalent to approximately 1.5 cups dates and 1 cup of nuts.
Some of the recipes I have tried include:
Pistachio and date balls coated with pistachio powder (simple add pistachios to a food processor)
Almond and date balls coated with orange zest and sugar
Almond and date balls coated with toasted coconut AND pecan and date balls with 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder coated with chocolate sprinkles
And finally for a special dessert, combine almonds, dates and coat with melted chocolate. Once dried drizzle with some icing (mix 1/4 cup icing sugar with 1 tsp water or milk).
Recently, I’ve also tried a cashew, date and lemon rind version of this recipe and I want to try a version with grated carrots, walnuts, dates, and coconut.
2) Chickpea Cookie Dough
I got this recipe from the blog Chocolate covered Katie and modified it by using pecans instead of peanut butter to achieve a more firm consistency so this cookie dough can be rolled into balls and enjoyed on the go!
Ingredients (makes around 24 cookie dough balls)
– 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas
-pinch of salt
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 cup pecans
-Up to 1/4 cup milk (as needed to achieve the right consistency)
-2-3 tbsp oats
-2 tbsp sugar (or add more to taste)
-2 tbsp chocolate chips
-2 tbsp raisins
Directions: Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until you achieve the right consistency and taste. Start by only adding 1/8 cup milk and add more if needed. Same goes for sugar, taste the cookie dough, and add more if needed. Stir in chocolate chips and raisins and rolls into balls.
TIP: To convert this into dessert, serve with banana soft serve. To make banana soft serve simply freeze peeled bananas overnight and puree before serving. This makes a delicious creamy vegan ice cream!
3) Granola Bars
Some of my favourite recipes include the health benefits of wheat germ and oatmeal , with crunchy and chewy versions: