Food cravings. We all have them. For me it is always my sweet tooth crying out for something to satisfy it, usually chocolate! Sometimes in the summer a juicy nectarine or a handful of berries will do the job, then there are times when it simply has to be chocolate. The occasional savoury craving can also occur. Salty food is needed, crisps or nuts, or both! It’s tough when you just want to look all nice and bikini ready but all you wanna do is stuff your face with delicious food especially when you have no will power or indeed a summer holiday booked – I’m definitely just talking about myself now.
BUT I have an answer! These little snack bites are a little sweet and a little salty so your mid morning craving should be satiated and the protein from the PB should keep the hunger pangs at bay for another hour. They really do taste good, which is why I cut them up really small otherwise I could eat far too many and defeat the purpose of the energy ‘bite’!
You could use any kind of nut butter in the base, whichever flavours you prefer. Peanut and almond butters are my favourite so I went with them. Topping the bites with chopped almonds also adds a satisfying crunch and contrasts with the creamy nut layer. I’m not claiming that these are low in calories but all of the ingredients are natural and good for you in small doses and when combined should pack in more goodness and heartiness than a shop bough cereal bar.
The almond milk helps to loosen the mixture and get everything incorporated properly.
A little maple syrup for sweetness.
Coconut oil or butter helps the mixture to set and hold together. It will still be a bit soft at room temperature though so I like to keep them in the fridge.
Not the most beautiful mix at this stage but I promise it tastes really good.
Spead on the chocolate mix as evenly as possible. No need to worry too much about presentation though.
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3 tbsp coconut butter/oil, melted
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (or cacao powder if you want to be all natural)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil/butter, melted
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs
- Sea salt
- Handful of chopped almonds
- First line a tin or plastic tub with greaseproof paper, the one I used was 12cm x 18cm, so something roughly that size will work great.
- In a bowl, mix together all ingredients for the nut layer until they form a smooth paste. Pour in to prepared tin and spread in to an even layer.
- Cover loosely with clingfilm and place in the freezer while you make the chocolate layer.
- To make the chocolate layer, mix together all of the ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Remove tin from freezer and spread the chocolate mix in an even layer on top.
- Sprinkle with the chopped almonds and sea salt and return to the freezer to firm up.
- After about an hour in the freezer lift out the full square using the greaseproof paper and place on a chopping board.
- Chop in to bitesize chunks, about 2-3cm square. Store in the fridge to ensure they remain firm.
- If storing in the fridge, place in a plastic tub with a lid, on top of a piece of greaseproof paper. If you need a second layer, place another sheet of greaseproof paper on top of the bites and place the rest of the bites on top.