Balancing your Snacks and Almond Butter Cup Recipe

It is important to balance your SNACKS!  Balancing your snacks consists of having at least 2 food groups in each snack to consume a part of your daily needs for carbohydrates, protein, fat and a variety of nutrients.  This is important because it meets your body’s need for a variety of nutrients from all of the food groups and helps to keep you feeling full, satisfied and energized.  Instead of reaching for that second or third cup of coffee to get through the mid-afternoon slump, try a balanced snack like the almond butter cup recipe below. 

 

I love to splurge and have a chocolate peanut treat every once in a while, but realistically having those on a regular basis is not a good idea.  Instead I played around in the kitchen to come up with my own homemade version.  The end result was a very tasty alternative, almond butter cups.  I made sure to include lots of healthy ingredients including: raw almonds, old fashioned rolled oats, almond butter, coconut oil and dates.  If you love the flavour of chocolate and almonds, give these a try.  You can easily substitute peanut butter for the almond butter if desired.  

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Almond Butter Cups
Makes: 30 small

For the base:
1 cup of raw almonds
3/4 cup of old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup of almond butter 
2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
8 pitted dates
2 tablespoons of water
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of salt

For the chocolate topping:
2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup of chocolate chips
1 banana, sliced thinly (optional)

1. Add almonds and oats into a blender or food processor and blend on high until a flour forms.  

2. Add the almond butter, melted coconut oil, dates, water, vanilla and salt into the food processor or blender and process until a sticky smooth mixture forms.  

3. Line a mini muffin tin with liners and portion a heaping teaspoon of the dough into each muffin cup, pressing down gently and creating a small indentation in the middle. 

4. Optional: Place a slice of banana into the small indentation of each almond butter base.

5. To make the chocolate sauce: melt the coconut oil and stir in the chocolate chips until melted. If needed, place in the microwave for 20 seconds to melt any lumps. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon of sauce over each almond base. Top with some sliced almonds, chopped dates or even some coconut.  

6. Place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before storing leftovers in the freezer for up to 3 months.  

 

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