The following recipe is for a snack many of my clients have just fallen in love with.
It’s easy to make and utterly delicious. It’s also very satisfying for both the taste buds and the appetite.
Should you find yourself hungry between meals and need “a little something” I think you’ll agree that these are wonderful.
- One regular-sized jar of almond butter (or any other nut butter, other than peanut and cashew butter, that you prefer). Stir surface oil in well!
- 5-10 oz (an approximation) of organic nuts: (almonds, pecans, macadamias, brazil nuts, pistachios…etc, preferably pre-soaked and dried). Use a food processor to grind or chop to desired consistency/"chunkiness”.
- Handful of organic sesame and/or chia seeds (great source of mucilaginous fiber to help “keep that train rolling”)
- Organic shredded coconut (as much or as little as you like)
- Alcohol-free (glycerin-based) vanilla extract, or powdered/crushed vanilla beans
- One full brick (room temperature) of Kerrygold butter (decidedly a “key” ingredient)
- Organic coconut flour (Bob’s Red Mill makes a good one) - add for additional yummy coconut flavor and/or better binding
- Organic coconut butter (you have to taste this stuff to believe it!)
- Stevia (for added sweetness, if needed or desired)
- Bee pollen (why not? Good source of flavonoids)
- Organic cacao nibs (Dagoba has quality ones) - adds chocolaty flavor without adding sugar. Also, cacao nibs have roughly 2X the antioxidant content of green tea!
- Whatever floats your boat (and happens to be low carb)
Blend the above in a bowl thoroughly, then spoon out into little “balls” onto wax paper on a plate or tray. Refrigerate for a good hour, or until these firm up.
If you want to take them with you, you might consider placing them in a small portable cooler. You could also individually wrap these in wax paper to secure them (if they can’t be refrigerated) so that they don’t get all over everything if they melt.
Prepare your taste buds to be dazzled!
Nora Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT is the author of Primal Body, Primal Mind. You can find her at her website, PrimalBody-PrimalMind.com.
This article originally appeared in the Spring 2010 edition of The Nutritional Therapist.