Updated: 5 days ago
Healthier alternatives to those not so healthy foods are not only great for our health, but also gives us the added benefits of not have those sugar highs that quickly burn out.
Think of healthy snacking as slow burning fuel that helps us to keep going all day. Having several snacks a day helps banish that post-meal sleepiness that comes from consuming too many fast releasing calories at one sitting. If you include protein in your meals especially your snacks, you'll derive an extra mental boost — protein- foods contain amino acids, these amino acids increases the production of neurotransmitters that regulate our concentration and alertness.
Unfortunately most often we grab for those refined carbohydrate snacks, due to the fact that it helps lift the mood. Only problem with these refined processed foods, the mood is only lifted for a short period, therefore we tend to feel worse once the high has dropped. Therefore enjoying more whole less processed foods we can have a consistency when it comes to our mood. It might take a little longer than processed foods, but it has the benefit of lasting the whole day.
With these dark chocolate squares we have a good amount of protein, slow releasing carbohydrates and of course some good old omega 3 fats. Omega 3 fats are ideal when it comes to snacking. Healthy omega-3’s like walnuts are loved by the brain.
Yield: 20 squares / cookies
1 Cup of almond flour
1/4 Cup of coconut flour
1/4 Cup of raw dark cacao nibs
1/2 Cup of unsweetened coconut
1 Pack of @cocobynuco toasted chocolate coconut chips
1/2 Tsp baking powder
1/3 Cup crushed walnuts
1/4 Tsp salt
1/3 Cup of Monk fruit sugar
2 Servings of Nuzest Rich Chocolate Clean Lean Protein
1 Large egg
3 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 Tsp vanilla extract
Using a large mixing bowl, stir together almond meal, dark chocolate, coconut, baking powder, salt and sugar. Within a separate bowl, beat egg until uniform in color and doubled in volume.
Start by whisking in the coconut oil and vanilla, then add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Ideally allow to cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or even overnight.
Bake in the oven at 180c.
You can either roll 1 inch balls and make cookies, or use a large tray, by rolling out the ingredients and cutting squares into the mixture, bake for 10min.
Allow to cool before serving, optional drizzle with some raw dark chocolate.