I'm always on the lookout for sweet tasting treats to help me through the afternoon slump, that are on the healthier side and actually taste good, otherwise really what is the point?! I had the privilege last year of working with the goddess of guilt-free treats herself Susan Jane White on her incredible book The Virtuous Tart and was amazed by the variety of ingredients she uses to create her “saintly” delights. In her own words it’s about “turning those pesky sugar cravings into a nutritional hit… and taking the hell out of healthy”. Sounds good to me!
In a dream scenario, and if I had the bank balance required, I would be doing all my shopping in magical foodstores like Fallon & Byrne and The Hopsack in Rathmines. You’re more likely to find me lurking in the aisles, ogling jars of products I can’t pronounce and reluctantly taking things I don’t need back out of my basket. But it doesn’t mean you can’t create delicious healthy treats without involving chia seeds, cacoa nibs and a million other ingredients you’re unlikely to find in your local Lidl or Aldi. That is why I got particularly excited when I came across this recipe I’m sharing today and that I served as a treat after one of my recent yoga workshops – it only has 5 ingredients, all of which are extremely accessible. It’s inspired by a recipe I found on minimalistbaker a blog that focuses on easy and delicious food using 10 ingredients or less, made in one bowl or pot and taking no more than 30 minutes- sounds like my kind of lazy cooking! I’ve kept the measurements to American cup sizes as I found it so quick and easy, but you can find the metric conversions on the original site.
1 cup packed (200 g) dates, pitted
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup creamy salted natural peanut butter or almond butter
1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
pinch of salt (optional)
optional extras: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, vanilla, etc.