It’s the new year, which usually means most of us are starting January with new goals, dreams and ideas. Me? I’m just starting January thankfully – thankful that I got here at all. Christmas with a two year old and a three month old is FULL ON.
While I don’t have it in me (yet) to jump kick, squat and run my way through this next month, I can make one small change, to make me feel better. I am changing my nap-time routine. Ah, nap-time, that golden, blissful time when parents can sit down, kick back and catch a breath.. (who am I kidding? I obviously meant the only time parents can do the laundry/cleaning/cooking/argue over who has to run to Tesco/wash oneself/de-flea the cat…) So, I have got myself into an ugly routine of putting both babes down for naps, doing what needs to be done as quickly as humanly possible, then flicking on the kettle, and grabbing the biscuits. Most days I’ll have a lovely cuppa with one or two digestives, because, lets face it, they are the only dunkers. So, the change I am making for myself, is to ditch the routine. Thanks to my participation in veganuary, the tea is already out the window, so ditching the biscuits will have to follow suit.
But we all need a little afternoon pick me up. Something quick, simple, and tasty, that is not only totally healthy and guilt free, but actually does the job of replacing biscuits. There are many wild claims attached to healthy snacks that they can replace guilty treats. I’m sorry, but, no. I’ve tried a lot of guilty treats. And a lot of healthy snacks. Sometimes nothing can quite fill the void that a guilty treat can leave in your life.
So here we go, ‘Nap time energy balls’. Tried, tested, and loved. Nothing weird or complicated in them. They are it. I’m fussy. And they are still it. Really quick, really easy, REALLY tasty, and five minutes in the making. Go. Make them.
• 1 cup mixed cashews & walnuts
• 1/2 cup oats
• 4 medjool dates
• 1 tbsp peanut butter
• 1 tbsp cacao nibs
• 1 tbsp cacao powder
Prep/equipment- NutriBullet/processor/blender of your choice, a firm pair of hands.
1. Put all ingredients except the cacao nibs into the blender.
2. blitz for approx 1 minute. This will depend on your blender and how crunchy you like your texture. I checked mine after 30 seconds, and then went for a few more. You want a nice crumbly sand, but that clings together when pinched.
3. mix through the cocao nibs, and then handful at a time, roll the mixture firmly into balls.
4. place the balls in the fridge for 20 minutes to fully set. I usually store mine in the fridge in an airtight container.
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