When I think of family as a general term, I picture a house full of kids running around causing mischief; dad fixing yet another clogged pipe and mam hanging up the washing in the garden on a lovely sunny day. Everyone seems to be in a harmony, happy and content. What I also picture is the scent of freshly baked goodies, apple tart perhaps? Scones? The last while I’ve been thinking what it means to create a home; sense of belonging and harmony.
When I went onto the “healthy buzz” before my wedding I REALLY cut out all the bad things: sweets, fizzy drinks, carbs, sauces you name it – I didn’t eat it. Basically everything that was not in my meal plan and everything that contained sugar. I have then substituted all my sugar cravings with this healthy recipe I came across and somehow I managed to “cheat” my body into thinking it’s the sugar I was craving all along. It’s really simple to make, the preparation is approximately 10 minutes; the mixture then will need to cool in the fridge for 1.5 hours.
- 100g Flaked Almonds
- 50g Brazil Nuts
- 50g Cashew Nuts
- 3 Table Spoons of Pumpkin Seeds
- 50g Goji Berries
- 100g Coconut Seeds
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- 4 Table Spoons of Coconut Oil
- 4 Table Spoons of Honey
- 4 Table Spoons of Peanut Butter
- Vanilla Extract
I am aware it’s quite a lot of ingredients involved, however they are quite affordable and you can get them all in Lidls/Aldis. You will then have all of these ingredients for at least 2 batches of the energy bites.
Take the almonds; Brazil & cashew nuts and pumpkin seeds and put them into the food processor until finely chopped. Once they have been chopped place them into a large mixing bowl, then add goji berries, sea salt & half of the coconut seeds and mix all together.
Melt the coconut oil in a pan, once melted remove from the heat & stir in the honey, peanut butter and vanilla extract. Mix well and pour over the seed mixture in the bowl. Stir until the consistency is smooth.
Leave in the fridge for 1.5 – 2 hours maximum.
Shape the mixture into individual balls and roll them in the second half of coconut seeds. Once they are all done, leave the balls in the fridge for further 2 hours to harden.
I personally use Organic Peanut Butter as it makes it a really healthy snack then. I find that peanut butter makes your brain think you are getting all the sugar your body is craving.
Let me know how you get on if you decide to make them yourself. Also, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions with regards to the above; I’ll be happy to help.