I've mentioned it before and I'm sure I'll mention it again, I looooovve sweet things. I would say I have a sweet tooth and savory tooth, because I just like it all. Eating sweets during the week is something I try to avoid (save for the weekend) but I'm not perfect, and it isn't as easy as it sounds, so often I opt for healthy versions so I can have my cake and eat it too :)
This weeks school snacks were an adapted recipe from one of my favorite bloggers Ambitious Kitchen. http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/ She does sweet treats with a healthy twist so well, so I thought I would use one of her recipes for inspiration. I chose a peanut butter and chocolate chip recipe dah!!! Because, it is simply the best combination.
1 cup oats
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 cup whole natural peanut butter
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla
Dark Chocolate chips (not optional in my household, a must)
Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix all together. Then, take roughly half of the mixture out from the bowl and place in a food processor or blender (my nutribullet is awesome for things like this). Wiz it around for a minute so the seeds and oats break down and form a powder like resemblance. This helps to stick the mixture together well and creates a nice consistency, with some crunchy parts for fun. Mix all the dry ingredients back together again in the bowl.
For the wet ingredients use a separate bowl and add all ingredients in together, stirring so that it forms a thick paste together. Fold in the dry ingredients into the wet, kneading with your hands to bind the mixture together. Finally add the delicious chocolate chips and start rolling the mixture into balls. My balls were the perfect '2 bite size', but create the ball shape that suits you :P
*If your peanut butter is very oily then you might need some more dry ingredients, another tbsp of oats and flaxseeds should do the trick.
These are great at room temperature but I store mine in the fridge for longevity, about a month. Perfect school snack or sweat treat with that morning coffee. I hope you enjoy them as much as me. Happy healthy snacking!!! :)
After every holiday my first few days back always are packed full of veg and fruit, trying to clear my system from too many holiday treats! ;) This was Tuesday nights dinner full of delicious goodness, cleaning my body and mind after the best weekend back home in Sydney. So easy and tasty, everybody should keep this one on the weekly menu.
Sweet potato salad pockets
2 whole sweet potatoes (medium size, perfect for one sweet potato each)
2 chicken breasts (marinated in garlic and salt and pepper)
1 cup grated cheese (we used tasty)
1 medium sized beetroot
small bunch coriander
greek yogurt for topping
pumpkin seeds for some extra crunch
Place washed and pricked with a fork sweet potato in the oven on 180 degrees and allow to cook until soft, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile cut up chicken into cubes and marinate in garlic, salt & pepper, oil, then cook on grill for about 10-12 minutes. Grate cucumber, carrot, beetroot and cheese. Once sweet potato is cooked and soft cut open and add grated cheese, the chicken and salad ingredients. Top with greek yogurt and pumpkin seeds.
I used these ingredients and it tasted fab, but if these items aren't regular in your fridge you could switch it out and use some other toppings, just try to make it as healthy as possible. Avocado would have been an amazing finish too, but they weren't ripe yet. Love the combo of hot and cold, soft and crunchy all in the same meal. YUM!!! Happy healthy eating :)
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