Over the Easter long weekend, earlier this month, I spent 30 hours studying.
Yes you read that right.
It was an intense and amazing time for me, one where I was fully immersed in the knowledge that I have and am taking on board. From the biological foundations of how our incredible bodies function and thrive, all the way to ancient traditional medicine and its' ever-present effect on modern medicine.
It was also as you can imagine, not a time to be spending too much time preparing meals and so this creation came to me. For anyone that's studied as an adult with a lengthy period of time in between, you know exactly what I'm talking about here. You need all the time that you can get!
Staples that I (and most likely you too) often have at home, taking only a minute or two to prepare and holy moly delicious.
So study, work, busy weekend, whatever - this snack is now a firm favourite in our home and I'm hoping it will be in yours too!
The ingredient low-down....
Almond Butter : you can make it or buy it.
If you buy it, please buy one with no ingredients other than almonds and maybe salt if you prefer.
If you make it, in whatever contraption you own (Thermomix, processor, hand-held), please use almonds and again if you prefer, salt.
If you're fortunate enough to live near a bulk wholefoods store (thank goodness that I am!) they'll more than likely have a very cool machine on the premise that makes it and they can bottle it there and then for you. Otherwise there are multiple brands out there and if you have a fab one, please share with everyone else in the comments below.
Yes you can use cashew butter, macadamia butter or a blended option though again - one with nuts as the predominant ingredient.
Cacao Nibs : cacao beans without their skin!
Once again, and just as for the butter, find them in bulk at a wholefoods store or share with us your favourite brand - perhaps this certified organic option?
- 2 bananas
- 2 tablespoons almond butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs (optional)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup, rice malt syrup or honey (if not vegan)
- Slice bananas lengthways
- Spread almond butter evenly over each piece
- Sprinkle cinnamon
- Scatter cacao nibs
- Drizzle chosen sweetener over and serve
I'm thinking these would be perfect with a sprinkling of desiccated coconut - what do you think?
Now I'm off to make a pot of tea and enjoy this seriously yummy snack before getting back to the books...