five ingredient snack; five hundred possibilities

So this is the number one food item I’ve been asked about. As a runner, I’m always on the lookout for snack bites — something that’s a little sweet but not too sweet, sticks to my stomach, and is nutrient dense. I need it to hit the spot but not be soooo good that I eat the whole bag, and I for sure don’t want empty calories. So my eyes lit up when I came upon this photo posted by @athlete.mom on my Instagram feed.

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No cooking required and, even better, it had five ingredients. Even I, who cooks zero, could handle this. Here’s the original recipe:

  • 1 cup all-natural smooth almond butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 3/4 cup dry old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 scoop Cafe Latte Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup raw sliced almonds

Mix all this stuff together in a bowl, then put the mixture into the slots in an ice cube tray, and refrigerate for at least an hour. As per the original recipe, I actually keep them in my freezer and take them out as I want them. They thaw pretty quickly and stay good longer that way.

Now  obviously I had to veganize it. I swapped out the honey for agave, and I used Vega Sport Performance Protein in mocha flavor. This snack has all the good things: good fat, protein, and some carb too. The perfect bite-sized snack. But the very best thing about this recipe is that you can swap out basically any of these ingredients, except the rolled oats, and make about a 100 combinations. Like I use crunchy (not creamy) almond butter, and if you don’t like agave, try black strap molasses or maple syrup. Use whatever protein powder you want, use the nuts you like. In fact, I am no longer using nuts since I already have that in my crunchy almond butter; instead, I’m using 1/3 cup hemp seeds. Here’s what they look like.

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So play with it. Make it your own. Let me know what you come up with — I’d love to hear about it!

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