Resist the temptation to eat junk food during holiday season by preparing healthy snacks for those long car hauls and beach picnics. Substitute chips with popcorn, dried fruit or nuts, grill some veggie sausages or prepare some goodies of your own.
Date balls (serves 4-6, 20 minutes preparation)
1 cup of dried dates
½ cup walnuts
½ cup coconut
¼ cup sunflower seeds
2 tsps honey
¼ cup toasted sesame seeds
1. Blend dates, walnuts, coconut and sunflower seeds in a food processor for 2 minutes.
2. Add honey and process for another minute.
3. Form the mixture into balls and roll each ball in the sesame seeds.
4. Refrigerate for ½ an hour until set.
Fig bars (serves 5, 10 minutes preparation)
2 cups of dried figs, soaked and chopped finely
½ cup raw oats
½ cup sesame seeds
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp vanilla extract
pinch of nutmeg
grated lemon peel from one lemon
Combine all ingredients and form into bars, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate until set.
Spicy almonds (serves 8-12 people, 20 minutes preparation)
½ tsp olive oil
2 cups of whole almonds, soaked in water overnight and dried
1 clove of crushed garlic
1 tsp of soya sauce
½ tsp of chili powder
1 tsp of turbinado sugar
1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and saute the almonds for 5 minutes, stirring continuously.
2. Add the garlic, soya, chili powder, keep stirring.
3. Stand for 10 minutes and store in an airtight container.