I often get asked what I eat mid-afternoon or after dinner that is healthy but satisfies that sweet spot at the same time, and it’ll usually be some kind of chocolate nut ball with a combination of any of the following ingredients; nuts, seeds, coconut oil, cinnamon, raw cacao, coconut flakes and to sweeten the mix up I’ll use either maple syrup, dates or dried fruit.
I always ensure I have protein and good quality fats in my snacks as this keeps you more satiated and also nourishes your body with key nutrients at the same time. If mid-afternoon cravings are a thing for you and you’re finding that you have a habit of reaching for the biscuit tin at lunchtime, try adding some more good quality fats and protein with your lunch such as extra virgin olive oil or half an avocado for your fats and extra prawns, a boiled egg or some chickpeas to get some more protein in. Monitor your cravings and see if they pass naturally.
I’m really not that specific with my food measurements, I just put whatever ingredients I’m vibing that are on my shelf into my food processor and adjust as I go until I get the right consistency, but I know when you’re first starting out, having tried and tested recipes that work and taste amazing ensure you don’t have any unsuccessful experiences, so I’ve shared the most yum recipe for you below.
I make a big batch of the mix, get a tablespoon’s worth at a time and roll it into golf ball-sized balls with the palms of my hands. Once I’ve finished doing this with the entire mix, I’ll roll the balls in either cacao, desiccated coconut, cinnamon, cacao nibs or the zest of an orange for decoration, pop them all in a tupperware dish and freeze them. I’ll try a few before they make it into the tupperware dish just to be on the safe side…as chief recipe creator this is a duty I take very seriously 😛
I was tasked at Graze.com to produce something quick that involved the ingredient “baobab” which has been classed as a “superfood” owing to it’s nutrient dense properties, but I’ve re-done the recipe to omit the baobab as this isn’t an ingredient that a lot of people have in their kitchen cupboards and it works just as well without. If you do have baobab in your kitchen, then add 1/2 teaspoon – 1 teaspoon into this mixture.
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- 180g blanched roasted hazelnuts
- 90g blanched almonds
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons raw cacao
- Zest of 1 orange
- Decoration (optional)
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao nibs, blended
- Zest of 1 orange
- Add the hazelnuts and almonds into the food processor and blend until you get a breadcrumb-like texture.
- Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, cacao and orange zest and blend. The mixture should now be clumping together. If it isn't, add another tablespoon of coconut oil.
- Roll 1 heaped tablespoon of mixture into golf ball sized balls using your hands and set aside. Repeat for the rest of the mixture.
- Sprinkle the zest of an orange/ cacao/ cacao nibs onto a plate and individually roll the balls onto the mixture to give them a decorative coating.
- Pop the coated balls in the fridge for an hour/ freezer for 10 minutes or eat them as they are!