Over on 'Exams Full Steam Ahead' I mentioned making healthy snacks for your offspring while they are studying. The chocolaty taste helps stave off sugar cravings and the ingredients are good for the brain! This Libby Weaver combo is yummy. I actually just put in any nuts and seeds I happen to have on hand but view the recipe below.
This chewy, nutty treat is an excellent source of the monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids that have the anti-inflammatory properties so necessary for healthy hearts and brain functions. Keep these easy to make snacks on hand for the perfect uni snack for a burst of energy or as a source of vitamin E and zinc, beneficial for skin and the immune system.
* 2 cups walnuts, halves and pieces
* 1 cup sunflower seeds
* 1 cup coconut, shredded
* 2/3 cup cocoa/cacao powder
* 8 fresh dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
* 2 tablespoons water
* Pinch of salt
* 1 to 3 drops peppermint oil (optional)
1. Combine the walnuts, sunflower seeds, dates and coconut in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse for 30 to grind the ingredients.
2. Add the cocoa powder, salt, water and the peppermint oil to the bowl and process until the mixture forms a paste.
3. Form the paste into medium sized balls by rolling a portion of the paste between your palms. Place the finished balls on a tray lined with waxed paper and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.