Monday means snacks. Snacks to prep for the week, to have on hand, to bring to work. I’m not one who eats large meals (usually ;)), so I definitely need a snack to keep me going in-between.
Below is one of my go-to snacks each week, I always have the ingredients in my kitchen & can mix n’ match however I want. We’re going the snack ball route, snack bar or brownie – depending on what you’re in the mood for. These are perfect pre-workout for those random mornings I roll out of bed with a rumbling tummy & also great in the afternoon for a little pick me up. Also, cocoa powder is amazing. So that’s that.
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/2 cup almond, peanut, or sun butter
- 1/2 cup almonds, walnuts, or even almond meal
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup protein powder (optional: this is new for me, I added some in last night’s batch for the first time)
- A few shakes of cinnamon
- A splash of almond milk if extra liquid is necessary
First, place the dates in your food processor – it’s going to be noisy for a minute! Once they are chopped & starting to puree, add in the nuts until finely chopped. Go ahead & add the remaining ingredients, keeping the almond milk out & using only if necessary. You will probably need to scrape down the sides … & taste test the spoon afterwards. You’ll start to notice a “dough” forming & this is when you know it’s ready for rollin’.
Using a tablespoon, roll the dough into golf ball sized balls & place in a tightly sealed container. If you’re feeling adventurous, roll in shredded coconut or hemp seeds. This makes 12-14 balls to be stored in the fridge all week long!
Alternatively, spread the dough evenly in a small square/rectangular tupperware. Sprinkle dark chocolate chips on top, place in the fridge for a couple hours, then cut & serve.
These are seriously so chocolately & fudgey. You can make them with whatever you have on hand in under fifteen minutes. Last night I added in coconut oil instead of nut butter & used almond meal in place for nuts. Holy yum.
CHEERS to homemade snacks!
- What’s included in your Sunday snack prep?
- How do you get your chocolate fix throughout the week?