Thursday, March 14, 2013

Meatless March Day #9 & 10: Conquering Snacks!

So, here is what I made the last couple days to snack on and might I say, YUM!!
All of these turned out great and I will be making them again!!

Chocolate Chia Seed & Berry Pudding
Berry-Banana Chia Muffins
Hazelnut Balls

Chocolate Chia Seed & Berry Pudding
1/2 cup chia seeds
2 Tbsp cocoa or cacao
2 cups almond milk
1 1/2 cups of berries (blueberry, raspberry, blackberry)

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate for a couple hours.  Really good!
(original version from

Berry-Banana Chia Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

3/4 cup of whole wheat or brown rice flour
1/2 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup raw walnuts, chopped
2 Tbsp chia seeds, ground or whole
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 c applesauce with 1/2 tsp cinnamon stirred in
1/4 c maple syrup
1/4 c almond milk
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 Tbsp grapeseed or canola oil
1 cup fresh blueberries

Heat oven to 425 degrees.  
Whisk together the flour, oats, walnuts, chia seeds and baking powder in a bowl. Stir in the applesauce, maple syrup, almond milk, mashed banana and oil. It will be a thick consistency.
Fold the blueberries into the batter. Fill cupcake openings no more than 3/4 full. 
Bake 18 minutes.
Let sit 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.

Hazelnut Balls
2 cups of hazelnuts
2 Tbsp of cacao or cocoa powder
10-12 medjool dates
1-2 Tbsp almond milk

If using raw hazelnuts, you will need to roast in the oven on 375 for 7-10 minutes. 
Grind hazelnuts into a fine powder in the food processor.  Add the other ingredients and combine in the food processor until it forms a dough.  REMOVE the blade from your food processor before you start digging in to roll out the balls, just saying. Roll into balls and place in the fridge to set.
I made 24 balls with it.  Each-Calories: 85, Fat: 5.4g, Carbs: 8.5g, Protein 1.8g.

3 1/2 cups cooked or 2 cans of chickpeas
1/4 c tahini
Juice from 1 lemon
2 tsp cumin
3 garlic gloves
1/2-3/4 tsp salt
1/4 c water

Grind the chickpeas in the food processor until a powder forms.  Add the other ingredients and process until it is all blended well. May need to add water to get the consistency you want.  I added about 1/4 cup.  I have never had it or made it before, but I thought it was delicious and so did Nate!  Used it as a dip with veggies for a snack and also put it on bread for a sandwich for Nate to take to work today. 
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