When you’re in the mood for something sweet, but don’t want to jeopardize your diet, we have just the thing for you. Two recipes for delicious no-bake (but healthy, of course) treats, to be exact. And they require no baking, which makes them even more appealing.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bliss Bars

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours

Servings: 12

INGREDIENTS

8 dates

½ unsalted smooth peanut butter (no added sugar)

½ cup raw almonds

½ cup cooked quinoa

½ cup raw sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon chia seeds

¼ cup raw honey

2 scoops Wazoogles Superfood Protein Blend – Vanilla Sky

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. You’ll need a food processor. First add the dates to the bowl of the food processor, fitted with the steel blade. Process until chopped. Add the quinoa, nuts and seeds. Process some more until all is mixed. Add the Wazoogles and process until mixed in. Then add the peanut butter and honey. Process until a dough forms.
  2. Line a baking pan with waxed paper. Press the dough into the pan and flatten evenly.
  3. Put the pan in the freezer and set for 1-2 hours. Remove the pan from the freezer. Slice the set dough into bars and store them in the freezer until you want to eat them.

No-bake Lemon & Coconut Energy Balls

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Servings: 8

INGREDIENTS

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup rolled oats

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 pinch sea salt

3 tablespoons agave or maple syrup

½ lemon, juiced

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

more coconut and lemon zests for rolling the balls in

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. You’ll need a food processor. Place all dry ingredients (oats, chia, shredded coconut, and salt) until well combined and the oats are chopped up. Add in the wet ingredients and blend until it forms a sticky dough.
  2. Place the mixture in a bowl and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and roll into 8 balls by hand. Then roll the balls in the extra shredded coconut and lemon zests. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Need expert diet advice?

Remember that even though these goodies are healthier than processed, sugary store-bought treats, moderation is still key. If you need guidance on your eating habits, or just want to make sure you are on track, dietitians are here to help. You can contact Tracy directly on 082 657 0700 or via email at tracydiet1@gmail.com. Tracy and her Associates are also available for one-on-one consultations. Learn more about the practice at www.tracyugarchund.co.za