Back to School (or work) Snack

Happy Friday! I hope you have had a nice week. This was my last week of summer vacation (teachers report back to school next week). I spent most of the week getting things in order for going back to work. Part of me is looking forward to a brand new school year and the other part of me is sad to see the summer end.

This week I put together some new recipes to try out. Week nights can be a challenge when it comes to dinner ideas. I find that if I take 1 day to sit down and plan out all of our meals, the work week runs much more smoothly. (It takes the guess work out of “what’s for dinner?” tonight). I can’t wait to share these new recipes with you. 

Today’s recipe is adapted from Alicia Silverstone’s book The Kind Diet. She’s got some really great (and healthy recipes in this book). This one is a “raw recipe” so you don’t have to cook or bake anything!! She calls this recipe “Raw Balls”, but I think they taste more like a brownie! You can eat these for a snack or for dessert. They are delicious!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for about 14 brownie bites:

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  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup of carob powder (or you could use unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon of maple extract (you can also use vanilla)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Using a food processor (or a Magic Bullet) blend walnuts until coarsely ground.

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Add the dates and and pulse until they are completely blended with the walnuts.

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Place the walnut date mixture in a bowl and add the carob powder, maple syrup, almond butter, extract, and sea salt. Using a spoon (or your hands) mix until the dough is well blended.

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Form the dough into balls (about the size of golf balls) with your hands. Roll the balls in coconut. You can store these in the refrigerator or freezer. Enjoy!

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Nutrition information: Each brownie bite has 152 calories. These brownie bites have no cholesterol, are very low in sodium, and high in manganese.

Interesting facts about carob powder: 

  • It has a slightly sweeter taste than unsweetened cocoa powder, but it also has slightly more calories than unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Carob is caffeine free.
  • Carob has three times as much calcium as cocoa powder.

Are you sad to see the summer come to and end?

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