It's really important to have some snacks prepped for yourself for the week. Your body needs some fuel between your main meals and you're a lot less likely to binge on common sugary snack food if you have packed something yummy and nutritious for yourself! These almond butter flapjacks will do just that! Most of these ingredients can be found in your pantry (check out our almond butter recipe here) and literally any skill level can manage these. Feel free to mix the recipe up with peanut butter or other fruit, nuts and seeds you have lying about. Tip: Beware of a lot of 'healthy' muesli bars as these are generally loaded with sugar. Do yourself a favour and indulge in some homemade goodness instead!
- 150g almond butter
- 170g oats (use certified gluten free oats if required)
- 70ml coconut oil (melted)
- 50ml honey/maple syrup
- Handful sultanas
- Handful sunflower seeds
- Handful almonds (roughly chopped)
- 1 TBSP chia seeds
- Preheat oven to 180°C and line an 8" x 8" tin with baking paper.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Add the mixture to the tin and spread it out evenly.
- Bake until golden brown, ~15-18 minutes.
- Leave to cool in the tin before cutting.
Packed full of B vitamins, minerals, protein and slow releasing carbohydrates, these are the perfect go-to snack!
- Great source of a wide range of minerals; calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese.
- Great source of a number of B vitamins;
- Rich in folate which is vital for a healthy pregnancy.
- Rich in riboflavin which helps with red blood cell production, body growth and to process carbohydrates.
- Rich in niacin which is often used to improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risk.
- Rich in thiamin which helps the body to process carbohydrates and protein.
- Great source of unsaturated fats
- The high levels of unsaturated fats are great to help ease inflammation (great post exercise) and may also improve cholesterol levels.
- It might be an energy dense food but there is no need to avoid it.
- A review of 20 clinical trials showed no weight gain or even weight loss individuals consuming 1 -2 cups of nuts a day
- Possibly due to the amino acid arginine which may boost fat burning.
- Consuming nuts considerably reduces the risk of developing diabetes and pancreatic cancer.
- Contain a type of fibre called beta-glucan that has positive effects on cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels and enhance the body’s immune response to infection.
- They are also rich in minerals including manganese, phosphorous, copper and zinc.