July 05, 2016

Everyone loves a treat. Unfortunately, I seem to like eating treats on a daily basis and it's my Achilles heel when it comes to nutrition. However lately, I've started making my own healthy snacks to minimise the damage. Here's some of my favourites ....

 

Jamie Oliver's Apricot, Ginger & Cashew Nut Energy Balls

Jamie Oliver's apricot, ginger & cashew nut energy balls

  

  

  • 100g unsalted cashew nuts
  • 20g sesame seeds
  • 80g dried apricots
  • 20g puffed brown rice or puffed quinoa
  • 4cm piece of ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 2 tablespoons manuka honey

 

 

Nutrition (per ball)

Calories 86 Kcal

Protein 2.4g  |  Carbs 14.4g  |  Fat 6.1g

 

Instructions

Lightly roast the cashew nuts & Sesame seeds in a dry, non-stick pan on a medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to stir the contents so they roast evenly and are a light, golden brown colour. Don't rush this part, as they can easily burn and spoil the taste.

Remove 40g of cashews and use the food processor to blitz into a fine powder. Save this on a separate plate. Add the remaining cashews, sesame seeds, apricots & puffed rice (or quinoa) and blitz until finely chopped. Peel & grate the ginger, add the mixed spice and blitz until finely ground. Finally, add the honey and blitz for another 1-2 minutes until the material begins to bind together. It takes a little while for this to happen, so be patient and let the processor work its magic. Stop and scrape down the sides (if needed) and restart. Add an extra squeeze of honey if it doesn't bind together.

Wet your hands, divide the mixture into 24 and roll into balls, dropping them into the cashew powder. Shake them to get rid of any excess and store them in the powder until needed. They keep for about 2 weeks in an airtight container. 

These are perfect for carbing-up before a hard session or using as a healthy post-session recovery snack.

 

Decadent Protein Brownies (serves 9)

Chocolate protein brownies

  

  • 1 can chickpeas (drained & rinsed) 240g
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein whey
  • 1/4 cup manuka honey
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter (crunchy)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • 1 egg white 
  • chocolate sprinkles (I prefer dark)

 

Nutrition (per brownie)

Calories 180 Kcal

Protein 11.8g  |  Carbs 16.6g  |  Fat 8.6g 

Instructions

Pre-heat the oven to 350 deg F (180 dec C). Put all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until the mixture is smooth. Pour into a lined baking tray and bake for about 15 minutes. The exact time will depend on your oven. 

Pro tip - add some finely grated orange peel to the mix for a delicious orangey chocolate taste.

  

 

Rocky Road Protein Truffles  

Rocky road protein truffles

  

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein whey
  • 2 tsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp unsweetened almond milk 
  • 2 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut 

 

 

 

 

Nutrition (per ball)

Calories 63 Kcal

Protein 7g  |  Carbs 3.9g  |  Fat 2.4g

 

Instructions

Put the first 4 ingredients in a blender and blitz until the mixture forms a grainy paste. Roll the mixture into small balls and coat by rolling them in the shredded coconut. Enjoy and try not to eat them all at once!

Pro tip - throw in some chocolate chips and finely grated orange peel for added decadence. 

 


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