I am a self-confessed food-aholic. I love and am totally addicted to good food. Cooking. Eating out. Traveling and letting my tummy guide my explorations; from Michelin star restaurants to road-side sticks on plastic crates – I’ve tried it.

I believe in eating to nourish.

The fuel we give our bodies gives us the energy we need to perform physically and mentally

As a yoga teacher and small business owner I’m always on the run and I need my fix of sweet snacks.

Packed with super-food goodness these treats are simple, healthy and delicious snacks.

PEANUT BUTTER POWER BAR

These little power bars are full of nutritious ingredients, protein, and sweetened by the humble date. They are easy to make and store really well in the fridge or freezer.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ cups of pitted dates to become paste (soak them in warm water for 15-30mins then drain and mash or blend)
  • ½ cup of your choice of dried fruit (goji, figs, sultana’s work well in my experience)
  • 4 tbsp of natural peanut butter
  • ¼ crushed peanuts or slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp of sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup of gluten free quick oats or quinoa flakes
  • Pinch of cinnamon

METHOD

  • Soak the dates in warm water for at least 15 mins then drain
  • Place dates in food processor or mash with the back of a fork until it becomes a creamy paste. I often make a few cups of these at a time and store in the fridge with a little vanilla essence for up to two weeks to add to smoothies etc.
  • Set the dates aside for a moment
  • Place oats or flakes into the processor – blend until the oats are small pieces. Mix in cinnamon
  • In a mixing bowl add the oats, dried fruit, and sunflower seeds. Mix it all together.
  • Then add your date paste and peanut butter
  • Use your hands to mix it all together – don’t be shy.
  • Cover a baking tray or square container with baking paper
  • Scoop mixture into the container or tray and press the mixture down to make an even layer. I user another sheet of baking paper and the back of the cup measures for a smooth, even finish.
  • Place in the fridge (or freezer for speed) for 15 mins then cut into bars
  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer.

TAHINI BLISS BALLS

I just love the blend of tahini with a little sweetness and cacao. Tahini is one of the best plant-based sources of calcium. It’s also high in protein, packed with magnesium, iron and vitamins.

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup of tahini
  • ¼ – ½ cup of maple (depends how sweet you like it)
  • ½ cup of almonds (or peanuts) broken into small pieces (I use a food processor)
  • ½ cup of almond meal
  • ½ cup of organic shredded coconut
  • ¼ sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup of sunflower seeds
  • ¼ -½ cup of organic raw cacao (depends how bitter you like it)
  • ¼ cup sultanas
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt

METHOD

  • In a mixing bowl add all the dried ingredients and mix them well
  • Slowly add the maple syrup and then the tahini – mixing consistently
  • Then use your hands to mix it all together.
  • You can adjust the sweetness and chocolatey-ness by adding more maple and cacao. If it becomes too wet, you can add a little more coconut but remember once the mixture goes to the fridge the moisture will dry off
  • Set for a minimum of 15 mins (or if you’re like me and you can’t wait, enjoy them right away).
  • These store best in the fridge for up to one week.

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