I don’t know about you, but I always get such a sugar craving about 3pm in the afternoon – for some it’s the elevenses, but for me it’s the mid afternoon slump where the prospect of dinner seems so far away. I work in a TV office where there are hundreds of varieties of biscuits and chocolate and although I like to think I have will power, sometimes it gets the better of me. I went on a mission to scour the internet to find something chocolaty, nutty, chewy and crunchy – something that would stop me from reaching for the bag of frozen buttons that they keep in the freezer and hope that no one knows about.
I adapted the below recipe from about three different recipes and after playing around with it and getting the perfect balance of chocolate and peanut flavour, I think these are scrummy, so nutritious and full of flavour and best of all you honestly will be satisfied – promise!
1 cup of mixed nuts
1 cup of raw oats
2 tablespoons of cacao powder
Half a cup of dates (Medjool dates are best, but very expensive, so I buy cheap pitted dates and soak them for at least five hours)
1 heaped tablespoon of organic peanut butter (or almond or cashew butter)
In a processor or blender (I don’t have a processor unfortunately so I use a blender which isn’t quite as good, but if you’ve soaked the dates enough they’ll blend okay) mix the oats and dates together till it forms a paste.
Empty into a mixing bowl and add nuts, cacao powder and mix together. Then add the honey and I’m not very good with measuring things, so I simply go by eye and by taste, so add honey or maple syrup or even date syrup accordingly so that it sticks the ingredients together, but not too much so that it’s too wet.
Don’t be afraid to try it and add different ingredients to taste – for example if you’re a huge chocolate lover, you may wish to add more cacao power. In addition you could always add chocolate chips or broken dark chocolate to the mix.
Form mixture into bar-shapes or balls or whatever you fancy and store in the freezer. I like to eat mine straight from the freezer because then it’s hard and chewy and you can really taste the peanut butter and chocolate more for some reason.
Enjoy as an afternoon or pre-workout snack!
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