In our first proper episode of the podcast, we talked healthy snack ideas and brought up these little bars that were great as a gaming snack as they are healthy and super filling (usually feeling full after just eating two of them!). Also, if you happen to have some vegan gamermates, these can be made totally vegan by swapping just a couple of the ingredients.
What’s so good about them? They’re free of refined sugars and the hemp and chia seeds used contain omegas 3 and 6 fatty acids and are a good source of natural protein. Plus, they’re super easy to make.
Healthy Seedy Whatevers
Makes about 16-20 squares or thereabouts
- 1½ cups of dessicated coconut
- ⅔ cup of hemp seeds
- ⅓ cup chia seeds
- ⅓ cup honey or maple syrup (vegan)
- 1 cup of no-added salt nut butter of choice (I use Kraft’s 100% Nuts peanut butter as it only contains peanuts with no added salt or oils – plus it’s fairly cost-effective compared to cashew or almond butters)
- ¼ cup cacao nibs (vegan) or chopped dark chocolate
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 200°C. Put some baking paper on a baking tray, scatter the coconut on it and place the tray in the oven for 5-10 minutes, keeping an eye on it as it can burn quite quickly (you want the coconut to be golden in colour).
Put all of the ingredients, along with the toasted coconut, into a bowl and stir well to combine everything.
In a 20x20cm square pan lined with baking paper, spoon in the mixture and pat down until firmly packed and even (this is easiest done with just the back of a spoon). Chuck in the fridge for a few hours until set.
Once set, remove your big giant square from the tin and cut into squares to desired size (16-20 squares is ideal). Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy the seedy goodness.