Hi guys, I hope you have a lovely weekend. I spent the weekend filming and working. Sounds boring but I enjoyed it so I can’t complain! This week’s video is going to be about some healthy plant based sweet treats that I have been enjoying. I am not vegan but I try my best to incorporate less dairy products hence my sweet treats are usually vegan friendly. As you guys know, I have been on the health and fitness journey for a while now and I thought I will start sharing some of the things I have learnt over the year because eating is my hobby. haha. Food just makes me 100% happier, healthy food mostly! I do crave Dominos pizza, donuts, Korean fried chickens sometimes but rarely. Ever since I started eating healthy, I crave less bad food but my weakness is sugary treats. I talk about it on my blog all the time because my brain revolves around ice cream, chocolate, cake, and anything chocolaty, especially dark chocolate. I can easily finish a few blocks in one setting. I don’t get sick of them. NEVER, why would I? My boyfriend got so sick of all the chocolate treats I have been making lately. He said that he’s not a fan of chocolate, how could he? Weirdo truly. haha
I find it incredibly hard not to snack or eat while I’m working on the computer. There is something about working and snacking. It just seems like they go hand in hand. Do you agree? It is so bad! I work at home by myself and I get extremely unmotivated when there is no food around or when I’m hungry. So that’s the reason why I learnt how to make all these healthy snacks so that I can have them when I am craving for something sweet or when I didn’t have a proper meal. I have about 5 meals a day, I try to have about around 350 calories per meal. That’s because I am trying to build a bit of muscles and not gain too much fats as well. On my work out days, I usually try to have proper whole meals and less snacking because I really want to make sure I have all those important nutrients in my system. I could go on and on about this topic but today I’m going to share my first healthy sweet treat!
This is probably my favourite sweet snack and I’ve trial and error with this recipe. Add more protein, less carbs, more carbs, less fats, etc, and this is my recent final version. I reckon it has a good breakdown of carbs, protein and fats. In terms of calories, carbs and protein give 4 calories /gram, and fats at 9 calories /gram. Anything that is made from nuts (almonds, peanuts, etc has a really high fat content and omega 6 fatty acids. I try to balance my omega 3 and omega 6 intake because too much omega 6 relative to omega 3 causes me to break out so try to take nuts in moderation. Things that are high in omega 3 are flax seeds/ flaxmeal, chia seeds, salmon so I have incorporated flaxmeal in this recipe. Nuts that are higher in fat contents are brazil nuts, walnuts (high in omega 3 too) and cashews (buttery and yummy!). I prefer to go for almonds because it has lesser fats/grams compared to other nuts. Lesser fats means I can eat more because it has less calories! The more the merrier! yay.
This recipe is extremely easy. I used raw almonds since they are one of the lowest calories nuts out there. Dates as a natural way to sweetened the balls. I didn’t add any sugar to the recipe, I typically don’t add any refined sugar to my food. Flaxmeal because they are high in omega 3 to balance the omega 6 from almonds. I also added some protein powder to increase the protein levels in the recipe. Using almonds alone is going to be too high in fats and low in proteins, so I added Vivo unflavoured protein powder here. It’s a blend of peas and brown rice proteins. I also like Vital Proteins, they’re the smoothest that I’ve tasted so far. I didn’t add too much of it because it doesn’t taste as good with too much protein powder. Definitely trial and error with that yourself at home! Vanilla extract to give a really nice scent and flavour to it. Raw cacao powder to give it a chocolate taste. I’m down for anything with chocolate and this really helps with my chocolate cravings! I also added a tablespoon of almond milk so that the mixture is not too dry. Add two tablespoons if it is still too dry. That’s about it, the consistency should be not too dry/wet, just enough moisture to form a nice ball! I also didn’t add any additional oil, some people prefer to add a bit of coconut oil. I also prefer to use organic nuts because they’re just heaps better (free from pesticides and other treatments).
Recipe & Ingredients:
1 cup (140g) of organic almonds
3/4 cup (120g) of dates
1-2 T (10-20g) of protein powder
20g of raw cacao powder
2 T (14g) of flaxmeal
1 T of unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp of vanilla extract
So first I chuck in all the almonds in a food processors and pulse it for a few times. I like my balls a little crunchy so my almonds are not turned into almond meal (which is ground almonds). In the mean time I also soak my dates with hot water. If you use medjool dates then you don’t have to do that. Drained the water completely and chuck the dates into the food processor and blend it until its smooth. I add in the rest of the ingredients into the food processor and then blend it until it has a nice sticky consistency. It won’t take too long, well it also depends on your food processor. Mine is pretty crappy and it is still pretty fast. If it is too dry then you can add a bit more almond milk! There you are done! You can add any toppings or things to roll with the almond balls. I like it plain, and it is also really nice with desiccated coconut. I had beetroot powder, pepitas and crushed almonds here as well. Beetroot powder oxides really quickly though so that probably wasn’t a good idea! haha.
This recipe can make about 21 balls, with 15g each ball. I like them smaller so that I am not forced to eat a big ball, I can also choose to eat more. It is also really psychological when it comes to eating. If you make them smaller, it tastes better! You will also feel like you eat a lot more having them a bit smaller! But to be honest this is so good that I can finish it in a day! My boyfriend loves this as well!
Calories per ball (15g): 62 kcal
Carbohydrates (Total including fiber): 6.3g. Fiber: 1.7g. Sugars: 3.8g (Mostly from dates).