If you’re looking for a nutritious protein-rich snack to keep you going until your next meal, these tasty little 'nut and seed energy squares' are just what the nutritionist ordered. They’re loaded with protein and fibre to help balance your blood sugar levels and keep sugar cravings at bay. They also contain beneficial fats for good cardiovascular health and brain function. Chia seeds and dates are both great for helping keep you regular too.
16 Medjool dates (seeds removed)
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
2 heaped tbsp chia seeds
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup cashews
2 heaped tbsp tahini
1/2 cup puffed brown rice or puffed quinoa
Pulse all dry ingredients in a food processor until ground. Transfer to a bowl.
Add Medjool dates and tahini to the food processor and blend until it forms a paste. Add dry ingredients and pulse until well combined.
Use your hands to press the mixture into squares and top with a whole almond and some pumpkin seeds.
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Makes around 12-14 squares