When you’re hungry for a snack, sometimes a piece of fruit just doesn’t cut it. So next time you’re in need of a quick mid-morning or early afternoon pick-me-up, consider whipping up one of these healthy, nutritious and, most of all, delicious snacks instead.
Image credit: A Happy Little Place.
Raw bliss balls
These tasty treats will satisfy your sugar cravings and they make the perfect snack for kids and grown-ups alike. They’re not called bliss balls for nothing…
Recipe adapted from A Happy Little Place.
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup de-seeded dates
- 1 cup sultanas
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and whiz until well combined.
- Spoon out mixture one tablespoon at a time and roll into balls. Roll each ball in coconut.
- Refrigerate and enjoy as a snack straight from the fridge.
Image credit: www.cookingquinoa.net.
Chocolate quinoa trail mix
Trail mix has long been hailed as a healthy and nutritious snack, but with this recipe, the standard mix has been given a delicious makeover.
Recipe adapted from www.cookingquinoa.net.
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 cup toasted muesli
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Line two cookie trays with baking paper and set aside.
- Heat a frying pan to medium and add olive oil.
- Add rinsed quinoa and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring often, until quinoa begins to turn golden brown. Remove from frying pan and set aside in a small bowl.
- Melt chocolate in the microwave on high for 90 seconds or so, or using a double boiler on the stove. Stir salt into the melted chocolate.
- Pour half of the melted chocolate over the quinoa.
- In a separate bowl, pour the remainder of the chocolate over the toasted muesli.
- Stir each bowl until all the pieces are covered and transfer to the baking trays.
- Refrigerate until set. Break into bite-sized chunks and place into a large bowl. Add cashews, almonds, cherries and cranberries and mix until combined, and enjoy as a tasty and healthy snack! Also delicious when sprinkled over cereal or served with yoghurt.
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Craving a chocolate treat, but want to avoid high-fat packaged sweets? This rich and decadent slice should do the trick!
Recipe adapted from www.wholefoodsimply.com
- 1 cup Brazil nuts
- 1 cup medjool dates, firmly packed
- 1 large banana
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 3 tablespoons cacao, heaped
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Lightly grease a 20 x 20 centimetre square cake tin using coconut oil.
- Place Brazil nuts into your blender and blitz; add dates with pits removed, and blitz; then add banana and cacao.
- Blend until well combined, but so some chunky, nutty parts remain.
- Add goji berries and gently mix them through.
- Pour mixture into prepared cake tin, smooth it out and freeze. Leave to set for a few hours before cutting and store in the freezer for tastiest results.
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