Looking for a sweet snack that will give you the energy boost you need to get through the day? Don’t reach for that candy bar. Instead, make these delicious, nutritious date and walnut energy snacks! Kevin at FitMenCook discovered these on a trip to Jerusalem, where a man who owned a natural wellness shop described how he and his family used to put a walnut in a date to make “the perfect snack.” It sounds so simple, yet so tasty, right? If you’re intrigued and want to try it out for yourself, here’s the recipe for his date and walnut energy snacks.
Ingredients for 5 Date and Walnut Energy Snacks:
- 5 medjool dates
- 30 grams of raw walnut halves
- 5 tablespoons of melted unsweetened dark chocolate (optional)
- Any other toppings you want, such as sea salt (optional)
- Open a medjool date and remove the pit.
- Add a few walnut halves to the inside of the date.
- Press the date closed.
- Enjoy this sweet, healthy snack!
If you want to make these energy snacks even yummier, you can melt some dark chocolate and dip each date into it. You can then add any toppings you want. Some options you might like include sea salt, coconut flakes, red pepper, and goji berries. Once you add your preferred toppings to the dates, put them in the freezer for 45 minutes until they set. Then take them out and place them in the refrigerator for storage.
One serving of these date and walnut energy snacks will offer you:
- 188 calories
- 1 gram of protein
- 10 grams of fat
- 27 grams of carbohydrates
- 2 grams of fiber
- 20 grams of sugar
As you can see, these date and walnut energy snacks make a great substitute for store-bought energy bars. So if you’ve always wanted to try making your own energy bars with ingredients you know are good for your body, this is your chance! You can use these as a mid afternoon snack, quick energy-boosting breakfast, or even dessert—once you’ve dipped them in dark chocolate of course.
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Once you make this recipe, feel free to let us know how it went! And fill us in on any tasty toppings you opt to use on these healthy date and walnut energy snacks. Variations on the recipes we share are always fun to read about!