Gluten Free Energy Snack Bites
The food industry has a multitude of processed foods like prepackaged snacks which contain empty calories and very little nutrition.
This nutritious fiber filled delicious energy snack recipe is one of my favorites. I make a batch on Sunday and eat them all week. I always carry nutritious snacks with me so I have a healthy option handy.
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup raw almonds
½ cup Brazil nuts
4 cups water (for soaking)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Zest of 1 small orange (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
10 dates, chopped
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons MACA powder (optional)
3 tablespoons coconut oil
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
Place the sunflower seeds, almonds and Brazil nuts in a bowl with 3 cups of water and a tablespoon of lemon juice and soak for 4 hours. This will remove some of the phytic acid and also make the nuts easier to digest. Rinse and drain well.
Add the pre-soaked nuts with the rest of ingredients, except for chia seeds, to a food processor. Grind and process until thick batter is formed. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the chia seeds.
Roll the mixture into small balls using your hands (you might need to wet them slightly) and transfer to a sealed container. Refrigerate for a couple of hours to set. These will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Optional: dust the balls with extra cacao powder or roll them in desiccated coconut for a lighter look.
Consuming nutritious healthy delicious snacks instead of empty calories will help you maintain a healthy weight.
Meal planning, using a grocery list, cooking ahead, and home cooking are ways that I maintain my gluten free lifestyle. Everyone is busy but with a little preparation, you can make it work!
If you are ready to learn more about choosing and preparing gluten free snacks and how to integrate preparation into your lifestyle, then contact me to schedule a free call to discuss working one-on-one to evaluate your specific needs.
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Health & Wellness Tips by Julie Semones