As we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and many docs out there recommend that we eat our largest meal at breakfast. However for those of us who work and need to be out the door by 7:30am we don’t always have time to fire up the scrambled eggs, toast up the rye bread, eat cereal and loads of fruit, make and eat a smoothie AND then instagram it – instagramming your breakfast naturally being the most important part of the breakfast process.
We all try to be as healthy as possible so anything to make things easier in the search to eat a healthy breakfast is fine by me! From my experience, I find that preparing meals ahead of time really helps as it takes the pressure off and you can just grab and go. These little guys are 60 calories a pop, a tasty way to get some protein, low in saturated fat and my favourite thing of all – you make them, so you know exactly what goes in them.
They will take you about 30 mins in total to make and this recipe yields 30 balls. The dates, natures natural sweetener, honey and peanut butter help to hold the crunch nuts and seeds together. Once you’ve made them, you can pop in the fridge in a sealed container and enjoy all week for breakfast or a tasty mid-morning or afternoon snack!
75 Grams (1/2 cup) mixed nuts and seeds, I used almonds, brazil nuts and pumkin seeds – roughly chopped
150 Grams (1½ cup) gluten free rolled oats
2 Tablespoons ground flax seeds (optional)
60 Grams (1/2 cup) dried cranberries, check they have no added sugar
2 Tablespoons sunflower seeds
140 Grams (1 cup) dates – pitted
75 Grams (1/4 cup) honey
75 Grams (1/4 cup) creamy organic peanut butter
Put all the nuts, seeds, oats, flax seeds and cranberries in a large bowl to one side.
Using a knife, chop up those dates until it is dough like (as pictured) and add to the bowl with the rest of the dry ingredients.
Put the honey and peanut butter into a bowl and heat up in the microwave for about 40 seconds or until melted.
Pour the melted wet ingredients in with the dry.
Mix all together, its better to just get on in there with your hands.
Now, turn roll into balls and put on a tray.
Put the tray in the fridge to cool for a few hours and you’re done!