I love raw food, but I’m not a huge fan of cashew nuts or dates having eaten my weight in them when I worked in the Middle East. As so many raw cakes, cookies and snack bars contain these two ingredients, I formulated a super nutritious raw snack bite using other delicious superfoods.
These bites make a perfect post-workout pick-me-up snack containing lots of all the replenishing nutrients your body needs after a good sweat session. Featuring complex carbs, plant protein, good fats and fiber all in one pocket-sized snack, they can be made in bulk and stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.
I love unsulphured apricots; they actually have a much lower GI than dates, and the unsulphured ones are particularly (the dark brown ones as they have no preservatives) sweet, almost caramel-like. Yum! If you’d like to add some extra fiber, you could use prunes in place of the apricots. These are also nut-free, but by all means add some raw almonds to the mix if you’re a nut-fan. I like to include oats as they have low GI and their fiber beta-glucan is a slow-burner for our digestive system, as well as helps replenish the glycogen our muscles lose during exercise and thus speed up their repair.
Spirulina and wheatgrass give these bites a super-green alkaline boost – great for helping neutralise the lactic acid produced by our muscles when we exercise. Pea protein is by far the most complete plant protein and has a very neutral taste unlike hemp, making it great to add to raw delights. Cinnamon adds a little sweetness and also helps to regulate blood sugar. Since they also contain flax and chia seeds, you must be sure to stay well-hydrated as they soak up a lot of water when digested. And last but by no means least, I like to finish these off by rolling them in mixed sesame seeds as they are bursting with calcium – more than any other nut or seed!
(makes about 10 bites)
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp whole flaxseed
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 cup unsulphured apricots
- ½ cup oats
- 1 tsp spirulina powder
- 1 tsp wheatgrass
- 1 tbsp pea protein powder
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds (for rolling – optional)
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor. Start off slowly and then speed up, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides so all the mixture is well combined.
- Once the mixture starts to stick together forming a ball, switch off the food processor.
- Take about 1 tbsp of the mixture at a time and roll into a ball first in your hands, then in the sesame seeds.
Author: Amelia Stewart of www.cookfirst.co.uk
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