When it comes to snacks, if it doesn't have at least forty eight e-numbers then I couldn't be any less interested. I like saturated fats, I like added sugar, and I like preservatives - that's just the way I am. But - despite my love for confectionary I do know that it's probably not the best thing that i could put in my body (and let's face it, it probably won't help me in the ab department), so for the past few weeks I've been experimenting in the kitchen in order to find healthy snacks that are easy to make and - above all - delicious as hell. And these my friends, are just that - delicious as hell.
Now these aren't going to be the sort of snack that I suggest you pick up at every god-given moment, purely because they're made up almost entirely of peanut butter. Instead, these little guys are more of a thing to eat when you're lacking energy or craving something super sweet. It'll feel like you're eating a Reece's cup, but without the guilt. Plus, making your own snacks makes you feel like a domesticated goddess. And you get to lick the spoon. Bonus.
1 medium glass bowl
1 small plate
1 wooden spoon
1 tupperware box
A food processor
3 tbsp peanut butter (or any nut butter)
2 tsp cacao powder or cocoa powder
1 handful dried dates (pitted is best)
2 tbsp raw almonds (whole or crushed)
tsp agave nectar (or any natural sweetener)
3 tsp seeds of choice (I used flax)
1 tbsp desiccated coconut (optional)
Add the peanut butter, almonds, cacao powder, seeds and agave nectar to the bowl and combine together.
Add the chopped dates to the bowl and combine witht he other ingredients. Add more sweetener or cacao to taste.
Pour the coconut onto a plate and lightly coat each bite. Pop your bites into the fridge for fifteen minutes to harden, then get scoffing!
Soak the dates in a jar of water to help soften them and bring out the sweetness. Blend the almonds until they're of a sand-like texture.
Drain the water from the dates and chop them up into small pieces. The larger the chunks, the more textured your bites will be.
The mixture should now have the consistency of thick peanut butter. Roll spoonfuls of the mix between your hands to create spheres.
Et voila! Seriously tasty balls. My favourite time to eat them is right before I head off to a spinning class (yes, I've become one of those people) or when I'm lacking energy throughout the day. They last for about a week or so as long as you store them in an air tight container, but to be honest, I'd be surprised if you hadn't eaten them all in the first forty eight hours..
Will you guys be making these at all? I promise they taste good. Honest!