5 Simple Sweet Superfood Snacks

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Superfood’s are just that – foods that contain significantly higher quantities of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other health-boosting, anti-ageing, disease-fighting properties.

You’ve probably heard of the obvious ones; blueberries, avocado, salmon and lemon. I’ve been asked a lot recently about healthy snacks which can be taken to work or in the car on long journeys and whilst blueberries could work as an option, trying to eat a salmon salad whilst driving might prove a little more tricky!

So … what I want to do is create some amazing, simple, sweet, superfood snacks that you can enjoy on the go. Yes, there’s time involved in making these, but many of them are actually really simple! And once they’re made you can store them in the fridge to take with you whenever you like.

granola bars

1 Flaxseed Granola Bars

SUPERFOOD: FLAXSEED

The most unique feature of these tiny, nutty, little seeds is their super high omega-3 fatty acid content. Just two tablespoons contain more than 100% of your recommended daily intake of heart-healthy fats. Sprinkle them on porridge, throw them into smoothies and bake with these teeny, superfood gems. The great thing about using flax in cooking is that the primary omega 3 fatty acid (ALA) remains stable and intact even at high temperatures. So despite warming them, you’re still getting the full benefits.

The strong fibre content of flaxseeds improve intestinal absorption of nutrients, it’s been shown to lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure.

Most plant foods contain at least small amounts of phytonutrients called lignans. These provide us with antioxidant benefits. Flaxseeds are the number one source of lignans in our diets. They contain about seven times as many lignans as the closest runner-up food (sesame seeds). They contain four hundred and seventy five times as many as cashew nuts, and an incredible three thousand two hundred times as many lignans as peanuts!

INGREDIENTS (makes 8 small bars)

Bake for 20 mins at 160C

100g Oats

50g Flaxseed

50g mixed dried fruit (try and find some with no added sugar)

50g mixed nuts

50g Chopped Dates

50ml Agave syrup / Maple syrup or Manuka honey ~ depending on preference

50ml Coconut Oil

Gently warm the coconut oil and syrup in a pan. Once it’s warm and melted, turn the heat off and stir in the oats, seeds, fruit, nuts and dates. Ensure the dry ingredients are evenly coated and spoon into a flapjack tin.

Flatten the mixture with the back of a spoon and bake in the oven for around 20 minutes at 160C. I prefer my granola bars a little chewy so do leave them longer if you like them with a bit more crunch.

Remove from the oven, allow to cool, slice into bars and store in the fridge.

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2 Marzipan Almonds Bites

SUPERFOOD: ALMONDS

Almonds are actually the most nutritionally dense nut you can eat, meaning they offer the highest concentration of overall nutrients per calorie and per ounce. They’re also the most alkaline of all the nuts, so as someone who follows a predominantly plant based, high alkaline diet ~ they’re just perfect for me!

Studies suggest eating 10 almonds per day can reduce cholesterol, but don’t feel restricted by enjoying them as a nut alone. They are so versatile. I use ground almonds in place of wheat flour in baking and by adding a little syrup or honey you can make these delicious, indulgent marzipan bites.

INGREDIENTS (makes 8 balls)

100g ground almonds

50ml agave syrup / maple syrup or manuka honey

For the coating I like cinnamon, sesame seeds or desiccated coconut

These are brilliantly easy to make and look great served as little after dinner treats.

Blitz the ground almonds and syrup in your food processor. As it spins it should form a sticky ball. Don’t add all the syrup straight away in case you don’t need it. Add it gradually until the mixture forms a marzipan ‘dough’.

Remove from the processor, split into 8 pieces and roll these into little marzipan balls.

Coat as you wish in sesame seeds, coconut, cinnamon or even more ground almonds.

flax crispies

3 Cacao Crispy Bars

SUPERFOOD: CACAO

Normal cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted, which destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols. Cacao however refers to the Theobroma Cacao tree from which Cocoa is derived, and is used when referring to unprocessed versions of the cacao bean. Here are just a few reasons why it’s so amazing;

  • Cacao has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries
  • Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron around 7.3mg per 100g
  • Raw organic cacao has more calcium than cow’s milk 160mg per 100g
  • Cacao is a great source of scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin & dopamine

Do you remember making rice crispy cakes as a kid? Well this is basically the grown up, healthy version of that!

INGREDIENTS (makes 8 bars)

50g rice puffs (I like wholegrain with nothing added)

50ml coconut oil

1 tablespoon of cacao powder

50ml Agave syrup / Maple syrup or Manuka honey ~ depending on preference

50g flaxseed (I’ve used golden as I love the colour contrast)

Melt the coconut oil and syrup in a small pan, stir in the cacao to create a smooth, liquid chocolate. Add the rice puffs and flaxseeds, stir with a wooden spoon to ensure they’re evenly cacao coated! They will be sticky and there should be no liquid left in the pan.

Spoon the rice puffs onto greaseproof paper and flatten and compress the mixture with the back of a spoon. Place in the fridge to cool for at least 30 minutes. Use a sharp knife to slice into rice bars. 

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4 Chia Date Bites

SUPERFOOD: CHIA SEEDS

Chia seeds are another superfood gem. These tiny black seeds come from the plant Salvia Hispanica, which grows natively in South America. Chia seeds were an important food for the Aztecs and Mayans back in the day. Despite their ancient history as a dietary staple, only recently did chia seeds become recognised as a modern day superfood. Here are some awesome facts;

  • Chia Seeds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients With Very Few Calories
  • Chia Seeds Are Loaded With Antioxidants
  • Chia Seeds Are High in Quality Protein
  • Chia seeds contain more Omega-3s than salmon

INGREDIENTS (makes 6 bites)

50g chopped dates

50g mixed nuts

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

Blitz everything aside from the chia seeds in your chopper or food processor. It should form a firm but sticky ball. Flatten this out on a sheet of greaseproof paper using the palm of your hand. Liberally sprinkle the chia seeds on top and press them into the date base.

Leave in the fridge to set. These date bites are easy to slice and great on the go.

almond date

5 Nut Butter Dates

SUPERFOOD: DATES

Dates have been harvested by man for many thousands of years. There are tons of varieties, but it was the Medjool date that was crowned the ‘fruit of kings’. These delicious, sweet, plump fruit offer a rich source of energy, fibre, vitamins and minerals and can be used as a brilliant, natural alternative to both butter and sugar in baking. Dates contain essential minerals including potassium, selenium, copper, and magnesium. These vitamins and minerals are key for strong muscle development, recovery from illness and repairing muscle tears. Dates hold the potential to protect cells against free radical damage and are considered a “superfood.”

Nut butter dates are one of my favourite, easy, sweet snacks.

INGREDIENTS (makes 6 snacks)

6 medjool dates

2 tablespoons of nut butter (I love meridian almond as it has no added nasties)

Sprinkling of chia seeds, sunflower seeds or anything else you wish to add

Carefully slice the dates lengthways and push out the stone. Spoon a little nut butter into the date and sprinkle with seeds. Done! The easiest sweet treat superfood ever!

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