Try this snack for sneaking in some extra protein in your day. Use the date variant to also get in some healthy medjool dates if you want a *little* sweetness.
- 1 cup oats (or buckwheat flakes for gluten free option)
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
If mixture needs more moisture, add more almond butter or coconut oil as needed.
Sweet-treat option: add 1/2 to 1 cup of pitted medjool dates as a healthy sweetener. Will need food processor if adding this! Otherwise mixing by hand will work. There is some interesting research that tentatively shows that eating 6 medjool dates per day during the last 6 weeks of pregnancy improves birthing outcomes.
Mix and roll into small bite-sized balls. Then roll in chia seeds or coconut flakes to coat. Refrigerate to harden. Eat out of fridge or freezer.