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Chocolate Flax Energy Balls

These chocolate flax energy balls are a healthy snack with only 8 ingredients and one bowl required!

These chocolate flax energy balls are a healthy snack with only 8 ingredients and one bowl required!

I hate how some media outlets make snacking into a negative thing. Articles with tips to stop snacking and headlines like “10 lunches to keep you full until dinner” make you think that eating snacks is unhealthy.

But this is, in the words of Dwight Schrute: false.

Sorry, I’ve been rewatching The Office lately and couldn’t stop myself.

These chocolate flax energy balls are a healthy snack with only 8 ingredients and one bowl required!

Anyways, the media making people feel guilty for snacking needs to stop! Because it’s normal to get hungry between meals and need a snack. Just as it’s normal to sometimes not be hungry between meals. Basically, there’s no one right way to eat other than this: listening to your body and honouring your hunger cues.

So the next time that between-meal hunger hits, whip up these chocolate flax energy balls. One-bite balls like these are one of my favourite kinds of snacks. They’re easy to transport, easy to eat between tasks or meetings at work, and of course they taste great! Also, you can pack them full of good stuff, like nut butter for healthy fats and flax for a big boost of fibre.

What is your favourite homemade snack? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below or tag me on Instagram at @chelseadallen if you make this recipe!

These chocolate flax energy balls are a healthy snack with only 8 ingredients and one bowl required!

Chocolate Flax Energy Balls
 
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These chocolate flax energy balls are a healthy snack with only 8 ingredients and one bowl required!
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Yield: 10 balls
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup nut butter (I used soy nut butter)
  • 2 tbsp honey*
  • 1 tbsp milk of your choice
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ cup + 1 tbsp ground flax
  • ¼ cup quick oats**
  • 1-2 tbsp mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the nut butter, honey, milk, and vanilla. Stir in the cocoa powder, ground flax, oats, and chocolate chips.
  2. Use your hands to roll into balls, then chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour to let harden.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
Notes
*Sub maple syrup for vegan version
**Use certified GF oats if needed

These chocolate flax energy balls are a healthy snack with only 8 ingredients and one bowl required!

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Healthy Whole Wheat Date Bran Muffins

Date bran muffins made with whole wheat flour and flax that are packed with fibre and low in sugar!

Date bran muffins made with whole wheat flour and flax that are packed with fibre and low in sugar!

I’ve spent 20 minutes trying to start writing this post about muffins, but all I want to write about is my sister’s new Samoyed puppy, Hudson! She picked him up last Saturday, and I’ve been going to visit every weekend since then because I just can’t get enough of him!

He’s the cutest little thing and he’s still in that stage where he’s a little clumsy and unsteady on his feet. We get a lot of laughs out of him, like when he tries to sit but his back legs slide out from under him. And when he covered his face with his paw when we tried taking a picture of him. Although I don’t think he’s camera shy because he can definitely ham it up for photos. Isn’t he adorable?

Me and Hudson

I keep begging John to get a dog, but I know it’s not the right time for us with our busy schedules and small condo. So for now I’ll settle for being a puppy aunt!

Besides for right now, having a full time job and sporadically posting on this blog keeps me busy enough! I haven’t had much time for it lately but that’s something I want to change in 2017, starting with this whole wheat date bran muffin recipe packed with wheat bran and flax. Skeptics, don’t let this scare you off, I’ve made these muffins in some of my cooking classes and they always get the thumbs up!

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These muffins may not be like the typical cakey muffin, but let’s be real, most muffins at the grocery store and coffee shops are more like cupcakes. I love a good cupcake for dessert, but for breakfast and mid-day snacks you want something that won’t give you a sugar crash – like these date bran muffins. These guys are:

  • Made with whole wheat flour
  • Packed with 5 grams of fibre per muffin thanks to the whole wheat flour, wheat bran, AND flax
  • Low in sugar

Despite sounding like they might taste like a mouthful of hay, these bran muffins still taste great. My favourite way to eat them is warmed in the microwave with a pat of butter…healthyish at its finest!

Date bran muffins made with whole wheat flour and flax that are packed with fibre and low in sugar!

Healthy Whole Wheat Date Bran Muffins
 
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Date bran muffins made with whole wheat flour and flax that are packed with fibre and low in sugar!
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Yield: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup wheat bran
  • ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup unpacked brown sugar*
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup chopped dates
  • ½ cup ground flax
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a muffin tin.
  2. In a medium sized bowl mix together the wheat bran, whole wheat pastry flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Mix together then stir in the chopped dates.
  3. In a large bowl mix the flax, water, canola oil, buttermilk, applesauce, egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix gently until just combined. Make sure not to overmix.
  5. Divide the batter into the muffin tin and bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes. Let cool in the muffin tin for 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Notes
*You can decrease to ⅓ cup for a less sweet muffin. I still find this option sweet enough!

Looking for more healthy baked good snacks? You might like:

Healthy oat and flax date squares
Pumpkin chocolate chip muffin tops
Nut butter banana chocolate chip cookies

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Dairy Free Chocolate Tofu Pudding

This dairy free chocolate tofu pudding made with silken tofu is a delicious better-for-you treat!

This dairy free chocolate tofu pudding made with silken tofu is a delicious better-for-you treat!

Have I talked about how much I hate throwing out food? Because I really do.

I talk a lot about reducing food waste in my classes I teach because I think it’s such an easy way to save money! The average family throws out about $30 of food per week, which over the year adds up to over $1500. That’s like a Balenciaga purse! Or two Vitamixes! Or a week at an all-inclusive resort!!!

But as much as I hate wasting food, I’m not perfect either. This past week I discovered 3 mystery flours in my pantry and could not for the life of me figure out what they were! But I knew they’d been there for at least 3 years and probably weren’t the best quality anymore. So I threw them out. Note to self: start labelling your flours from now on.

During my pantry clean out I also discovered a package of silken tofu… that expired in January. Oops. But I gave it the ol’ sniff test and it smelled fine to me! So I decided to put it to use in a quick chocolate pudding (I have a thing for pudding lately, apparently). Have you guys ever tried tofu pudding before? It’s one of those recipes that mimics the real thing so closely you wouldn’t even know it has a sneaky ingredient in it – I even managed to fool John with it!

This dairy free chocolate tofu pudding made with silken tofu is a delicious better-for-you treat!

I find that using the right tofu is key though. First of all, you want to make sure you’re using a soft silken tofu, which has a higher water content to give it a more jello-like consistency (this is a great article to learn about the different types of tofu). Second, you want to try out some different brands to find one with the mildest flavour so that it’s more easily disguised in sweet recipes. I’ve only tried a few, but my favourite so far is Mori Nu, which is also shelf stable for easy storage.

This dairy free chocolate tofu pudding is easy to whip up with just a few additional ingredients – cocoa powder, banana to cut down on the added sugar, honey for sweetness (sub agave if vegan), almond butter to mellow out the tofu flavour, and just a bit of vanilla. Enjoy on its own or if you’re a toppings freak like me, dress it up with extra almond butter, coconut flakes, and cacao nibs!

This dairy free chocolate tofu pudding made with silken tofu is a delicious better-for-you treat!

Dairy Free Chocolate Tofu Pudding
 
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This chocolate pudding made with silken tofu is a delicious dairy free treat!
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Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 12 oz soft silken tofu, well drained
  • ½ ripe banana
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1-2 tbsp almond butter
  • 4 tsp honey (or agave for vegan option)
  • ½ tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until completely smooth.
Notes
For best results, make it advance and let sit in an air tight container in the fridge for 24 hours before serving.

Have you ever used tofu in dessert before? 

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