I love to eat. I guess everyone does, and well, I often schedule my day after when I eat and when I wait to eat again, and this is a very bad combination when you have a body that gains 5 pounds when looking at a mean piece of chocolate cake. While I do work out for my body and my mind 90% of the time I think about all the food I can eat then while doing so. Can you relate? Great! Welcome to my world.
So I guess every one of us knows this period a few hours after lunch when you’re usually sleepy and crave something sweet to eat; I call it my afternoon low. Sometimes I am disciplined enough to ignore it (yeah…), but most of the time I really need something. Or when I come home from work and want to work out directly after that, but I need refill my energy reserves. This is when these little things here come in handy!
- Food processor or blender
- 90g of almonds
- 6 tbsp. of water
- 70gr of oats
- 3 tbsp. of chia seeds
- 5 tbsp. of peanut butter
- Vanilla extract
- A handful of cranberries
- A handful of chocolate chunks
- Coconut flakes
Start with the almonds; fill them into your food processor or blender and add the water. Blend them until they’re chopped but not too smooth.
Add oats, chia seed and peanut butter and mix further. You might have to scrape some of the mixture off the blender’s walls. Now add the vanilla extract and some honey to taste.
Transfer the thick mixture into a large container, then add as many cranberries and chocolate chunks as you like. Fold them in with a spoon or dough scraper. Cool the mixture in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
Take your ‘dough’ out of the fridge and by help of a teaspoon make small balls. Roll them in coconut flakes.
They are perfect! I like to keep them in the freezer so they last longer and are a wonderful refreshing treat to snack in the office or at home. And they’re healthy! Although peanut butter has many calories, it contains some good kinds of fat and proteins (read more here), and I don’t have to start on the chocolate right? Hope you are inspired!