Ok so snack that doesn’t taste like cheap, ridiculous amounts of sodium, greasy fast food, that is suitable for a fancy dinner party or sweaty bike ride alike, go:
Mint mocha energy bars.
Yes, and while these pocket-sized squares of creation are quite tasty, they are also quite healthy (provided you do not eat the whole batch in one sitting…I know, it’s difficult).
Feel free to use any variety of (1 cup) delightful nuts that you please.
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
1.5 cup dates
1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
2-3 tsp ground coffee (instant or regular works)
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1/4 cup cacao nibs or chocolate chips (optional)
1. Place nuts and dates in food processor and process until they breakdown into small pieces.
2. Add all other ingredients and blend a bit more until all the ingredients are mixed, chopped up, and the texture is moldable. If you want the chocolate chips to be in larger chunks, add them at the end after all ingredients have been incorporated. Or just add more chocolate chips/nibs at the end if this is something you are partial to. I left out the choc. chips because this week my sugar cravings are subdued and I would prefer to keep them that way, thanks.
3. Mold your nut mixture into whatever shape you please. Balls, squares, and bars are common shapes and for the talented, try out some sort of animal or other creature. Here it is appropriate to play with your food whilst having a good time. I generally take a tablespoon measuring device and scoop up the nut mixture and then mold and form into shapes. It is common for these things to look like poop. (Best tasting poop I’ve ever had though)
If you are having issues molding the nut mixture, store in the fridge for a bit until mixture hardens and cools up and then start molding. This should help.
4. Eat right away or store in an air-tight container in the fridge. Will last quite a while and the flavors get even better after time.
You may want to share some of these with your friends or other people in your life, as they can then think you are a master in the kitchen (I won’t tell them otherwise).