We have been focusing on Mental Health this week. To continue that theme we have teamed up with nutritionist Ali Prentice from NutriknowHow, who has created a great mood food recipe. Ali is a nutritionist and wellness consultant based in London with expertise in nutrition, healthy cooking, coaching and behaviour change. We asked Ali if she could create a recipe that would be brain food for busy entrepreneurs on the go. Here is the fantastic recipe she came up with:

 

Mood Food: No Bake Energy Power Bites

Makes about 24

These portable little spheres are loaded with slow burn goodness and are easy to grab for breakfast, as a snack – or to round off a light lunch or dinner.

They are designed to deliver an intense nutrient punch – including a host of vitamins, minerals and other plant-based chemicals to support energy levels, mood and mental wellbeing.

 

 

Ingredients

  • 100g cashews soaked for a least an hour in cold water and drained
  • 100g plain porridge oats
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, or smooth peanut butter
  • 75g dates
  • 50g dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp cocoa, or raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Coating – choose from:

  • 20g pistachio nuts
  • 1 tbsp cocoa, or raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp grated (desiccated) coconut
  • Milled seed mix (such as Linwoods) – or make your own from linseeds, sunflower, chia and pumpkin seeds – plus add goji berries for some colour!

 

 

Instructions

  1. If possible, soak the cashews for an hour or even overnight in water to soften. Drain cashews before use.

 

  1. Blitz the oats in a coffee grinder or food processor until they resemble coarse flour. Set aside.

 

  1. Melt the coconut oil very gently. Whizz the oil (or peanut butter) with the cashews, dates, dried cranberries and vanilla extract in a food processor until they form a paste.

 

  1. Add in the oat flour, cocoa/cacao, cinnamon and salt and process until it forms a cohesive mass.

 

  1. Manually roll the mixture into balls with clean hands. If the mixture sticks to your fingers, moisten your hands lightly.

 

  1. Sprinkle your choice of coating on a plate and roll the balls around the plate to coat evenly.

 

  1. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge – where they should last for about a week, or one month in the freezer – if you can resist them!

 

Definitely give these mood food bites a go this evening or this weekend! Have you thought about consulting a nutritionist before? You can email Ali at alisonpren@gmail.com for more information on her services or visit her website.

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