If you need a sweet or savory pick me up during the afternoon or are looking for a healthy snack to nibble on while watching your favourite evening TV program keep reading, this is the post for you. We are about to talk all about our beloved office snacks and show you how you can make them yourself. The best thing about it is that they don't just taste delicious and are easily prepared, they are also a lot healthier for you then most of the snacks you can buy in stores! Curious? Then here we go!
If you have never tried this recipe before than we have to ask, what have you been doing?!? Not only are chickpeas super crunchy and yummy, they are also full of protein and therefore make a healthy alternative to crisps. This snack is so easy to make and can be prepared in larger batches so you always have some handy when the munchies hit. Provided you can resist eating them all in one go :)
What you will need - savory:
1 can of chickpeas
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of salt
What you will need - sweet:
1 can of chickpeas
2 Tablespoons of honey
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
To make your chickpea snack open the can of chickpeas and pour the contents in a strainer. Now give them a good rinse and shake after to make sure the dry off a little bit. At this stage you could but them on a kitchen towel to soak up any excess water. If you don't have time don't worry, they'll we delicious either way. Once you have let the water drain for a little while place the chickpeas on a baking tray and make sure to spread them out nicely. Now place into the oven at 180°C and let roast for 40 minutes to 1 hour until the chickpeas are golden brown and crunchy. Make sure to give them a quick toss up in between to they can all roast evenly. Once they are crisped to perfection take them out of the oven and season with the olive oil and salt or honey and cinnamon. Give them a good toss up to get some flavour on all of them. If you choose the sweet option, put the chickpeas back into the oven for another 5-10 minutes to achieve maximum yummyness. If you feel adventurous you can create all kinds of flavour combinations such as salt and garlic, smoked paprika or even wasabi. Happy guilt free munching!
We are sure that most of you healthy readers have heard of, seen or even eaten energy bites before. But did you also know that they are super easy to make at home on a budget? That way you can always have some around when you need a little burst of energy during a long work day or a sweet treat for dessert.
What you will need:
1 cup of dates (pitted!)
1/2 cup of cashew nuts
1/2 cup of almonds
1 heaped tablespoon of peanut butter (we love any of the Whole Earth ones)
1 tablespoon of cacao powder
Making these energy bites could not be easier, simply place all of the ingredients listed above in a food processor and give them a mix. Once they are combined but not completely smooth - small bits of nuts are totally fine - it's time to get rolling. Take a small amount of the "batter" into your hands and roll it into a little ball. That's it, easy-peasy. If you want to add a twist to your creation you can then roll your energy bites in some desiccated coconut to give them an extra element of flavour and texture. If coconut is not your thing (seriously?!?) or you are just in the mood for something to stop that chocolate craving, why not roll them in some cacao powder instead? Once done store them in an airtight container and leave them in your fridge for maximum freshness!
What are your favourite healthy snacks? Why not share them with us in the comments down below? If you give one of ours a try make sure to let us know what you think of them :)
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