I’m always on the hunt for healthy snack recipes that I can whip up quickly and easily. Because I’m often on the go, I like to keep a supply of snacks with me so I don’t end up settling for store-bought goodies. Making my own healthy snacks is not only better for my health, they’re also much easier on my wallet!
For this particular snack recipe I had several goals in mind:
- that it’s portable
- less than five minutes to prepare
- five ingredients or less
- around 100 calories
- easily adapted to wheat- or gluten-free
It was a tall order, but I was willing to take the challenge. These almond butter chews could not be any easier and are great for a pre-workout snack. You can even make them gluten-free quite easily by using Nature’s Path Crispy Rice gluten-free cereal. Just be sure to check the rest of your ingredients to ensure that they’re also gluten-free.
Five-minute, no-bake, vegan chocolate almond butter chews
Yield: 7 golf-ball sized chews
1/4 cup chunky all-natural almond butter
3 tbsp organic brown rice syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup rice crisp cereal
1 tbsp cacao nibs or chopped dark chocolate
1. Line a plate with parchment paper.
2. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the almond butter, brown rice syrup, and vanilla. Microwave on high for 35-45 seconds or heat on the stovetop until simmering. Stir well and immediately add in the rice crisp cereal and cacao nibs or chopped chocolate until combined.
3. Wet hands thoroughly and shape the mixture into ‘golf-balls’. Press mixture together firmly so it will hold. Wet hands after each ball is formed so the mixture will not stick to your hands.
4. Place the balls onto parchment paper lined plate and freeze for 5 minutes. You can keep these chews in the freezer in a sealed container. They remain nice and chewy even straight from the freezer.
Angela Liddon is the creator of Oh She Glows — an inspiring, healthy vegan recipe website — and one of Chatelaine’s Women of the Year 2011. Angela’s passion for healthy vegan food is contagious and she’s eager to show others that vegan (and often gluten-free) food can blow your taste buds away.