Since my vegan challenge, I’ve been drawn towards vegan recipes. This recipe for Nutella breakfast cookie dough had me at Nutella. Chocolate and hazelnut is hands down my favorite flavor combination. Ask my best friend, Alexandra: she used to bribe me with a Nutella sandwich to go over to her place after school. It worked almost every single time.
I’ve been looking for a snack to make to eat while commuting back home for a boost of energy before my evening workouts. This seemed like the perfect solution! I’m realizing more and more how important it is to cook your own food at home, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or snacks. Not only do you save money but you also know exactly what you’re eating. There are times that it’s easier to buy pre-made to have food at home as back up, but I’m going to try and make my own snacks and meals even more than before because I’ve seen the benefits of eating healthier.
When it came to buying the ingredients for this recipe, I realized that hazelnuts are really hard to find nowadays, because apparently the crops have been ravaged. #Fail. Instead of Nutella, I used a Deliciously Ella’s recipe for healthy Nutella, but replaced hazelnuts with almonds, which is why I ended up with chocolate almond energy balls instead. It’s still very tasty, but I think the hazelnut would be a 100 times better. In the energy balls, I used ground flaxseed instead of protein powder, and accidentally bought wheat bran instead of oat bran…oups.
These chocolate almond energy balls turned out amazing. They’re very easy to make, a lot less expensive and healthier than buying protein or energy bars, and such an easy snack before or after a workout, or even in the afternoon as a pick-me-up!
What are some of your go-to snacks? Make sure to share ideas and recipes in the comments below! Or if you try this recipe, make sure to tag me @SeppyforLove!