Busy in the kitchen

This afternoon I decided to get busy in the kitchen making some healthy snacks for this weekend’s trip to Boston. As my husband started roasting coffee I suggested we try making our own chocolate covered coffee beans. I will be quite honest with you they were an epic fail and made us both sick to our stomach.

On a better note these delicious walnut date energy balls were to die for! With no added refined sugar these yummy morsels will satisfy your sweet tooth. You will need a food process or and an “S” shaped blade. This recipe made 17 balls at 50 calories each! Here is the recipe:

img_3100Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 oats
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened flaked coconut

Directions:

  1. Place dates, walnuts and maple syrup in the food processor and blend until it becomes a chunky paste
  2. Mix in oats, flax seed and coconut
  3. Pulse until fully mixed
  4. Measure a tablespoon of the mixture and round into a ball until mixture is gone
  5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  6. Enjoy!

 

As a kid I grew up on roasted chickpeas. Today I decided to make some with a flare. Knowing my love for hot and spicy foods my mom had bought me chipotle, siracha and habanero seasonings. Today I decided to make some chipotle roasted chickpeas.

All you need is a can of chickpeas and chipotle seasoning, or really any seasoning you desire.

Serves 4: 99 caloriesimg_3101

  • Preheat the oven to 300
  • drain and rinse chickpeas saving 1 Tbsp of brine
  • once rinsed de-skin the beans
  • Mix beans, 1 Tbsp brine and 1 Tbsp seasoning
  • Spread on a baking sheet and slowly bake mixing the beans in the pan every 20-30 minutes to prevent burning.
  • Bake until desired dryness (I roasted mine about 1.5 hours)
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