Snacking can be a key component of a healthy diet, and a good way to keep energy levels up between meals, avoid the mid-afternoon slump, and reduce the chance of overeating later. But the key is to choose smart snacks — ones that are higher in protein and fibre, to keep us fuller for longer, but that are lower in calories, too.
But that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on our favourites. This healthier version of rocky road is lower in sugar but packed with all the good stuff, including fibre, protein, and plenty of good fats. The coconut oil is optional, but it does help give the chocolate a nice gloss.
Makes 16 serves. Each serve is approximately 966 kilojoules (230 calories).
½ cup roasted hazelnuts
½ cup roasted almonds
½ cup raw macadamias
½ cup shaved coconut
2 cups puffed brown rice
½ cup dried cranberries
300g low-sugar or dark chocolate, melted
2 tb coconut oil, melted
- Combine the nuts, coconut, puffed brown rice, and cranberries in a large mixing bowl.
- Whisk the melted chocolate and coconut oil together and pour into the bowl.
- Stir well to combine, then transfer the mix onto a lined tray or slice tin.
- Refrigerate until set and then cut into individual pieces.