I love to snack. I mean, who doesn't right? Snacking is a great way to tame the hunger pangs, treat yourself between meals, and even enjoy a little sweet or salty pick-me-up when you're just feeling like a little "sumthin' sumthin" for no good reason. Now we all know that there are good snacks (fruits, veggies and hummus, nuts, seeds, etc.) and there are bad snacks (chips, cookies, processed "only 100 calories" packages of chemical nastiness, etc.). Many of us, myself included, tend to reach for those bad snacks when dealing with some knarly hunger pangs because those snacks are super quick and super easy (hey, just pop open the bag or box and proceed to stuff in your face right?). But those snacks never stand by us for long and do nothing to fuel us with the stuff that our bodies are REALLY asking for during those "hangry" moments.
Enter my super satisfying, super healthy Nut and Flax Energy Bars.
I first was introduced to this recipe during my Holistic Food Preparation course as part of my schooling at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition and immediately fell in love with the beautiful flavour and texture of these nutrient dense and satisfying bars. Packed with protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, you won't need more than one of these babies to obliterate the rumbling in your tummy and to get some good wholesome energy to carry on with your day. So let's get to the good stuff...the recipe!!
1 1/2 cups almonds
1/2 cup walnuts (raw)
1/2 cup cacao butter, coconut oil, or a mixture of the two (note: the cacao butter will stay harder for longer out of the fridge)
1/2 cup crunch almond butter or cashew butter
1/2 cup goji berries
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup ground flax
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (please don't use artificial - that stuff's full of nasty chemicals)
1 tsp Celtic sea salt
Handful of cacao nibs
Sweetener of choice to your taste (I use pure maple syrup, but you could use raw honey, coconut palm sugar, xylitol, or stevia...just be sure to stay away from refined sugars)
It's so easy!!
These bars will keep in the fridge for about a week, but I'm willing to bet that they won't last that long once your family gets their mitts on them. They're a beautiful blend of sweet and savoury and your family will just feel great after noshing down on them.
Here's to healthful snacking!
Jill Taylor is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of two pretty awesome teenagers, s very dramatic dog, a hedgehog and a snake (yikes!). Jill assists her clients in achieving true wellness through thoughtful and compassionate dietary and lifestyle coaching. Feel free to visit the "Contact" page to get in touch. Jill would love to hear from you!