Tuesday, February 7, 2012

midnight snack.

I don't know about you, but I get ravenous at night. Especially at 2am when a certain someone wakes me up because she's hungry, too. I usually keep a cookie tin full so I can grab a quick snack before heading back to bed, but I got inspired by something I saw on Pinterest and decided to experiment with making something that I can at least pretend is healthy (unlike the brownie cookies I just bought at Jewel).

Bonus: this recipe is easily vegan-ized, for those of you who are in the market for just such a thing :)

I am no food photographer -- but here goes.


3 Tbsp. chocolate or carob chips
4 Tbsp. nut butter (I used cashew butter)
3 Tbsp. milk, any kind (soy, almond, cow, etc.)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup oats
2 Tbsp. walnuts
2 Tbsp. dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, etc.)

Put the first three ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30-second intervals until melted, then stir to combine. Add the vanilla and stir.

Slowly add in the oats, walnuts, and fruit, stirring to combine. The mixture should be fairly dry -- add more oats, one tablespoon at a time, as needed.

Drop the mixture by spoonful into a recycled egg carton, ice cube tray, or other divided container. Press firmly -- it should be packed in. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to set.

Makes 12 bite-sized snacks.

Next time, I might add some flax seeds or protein powder to give it even more of a nutritional boost.

Got a tip for a quick and easy snack recipe? Share it in the comments!


  1. Those look awesome. I'll have to try!

    Here is a recipe for cereal bars that are super easy to make and really are decently healthy. I know, because Nigella told me.


  2. I should not have read this in bed! (Yes, I'm in bed at 9:30. It's been a tough day!) I have all those ingredients though, so looks like I'll be making this tomorrow! Yum!!

  3. yum yum yum.
    those look great. i certainly need some alternative sweet treats in my stash.

  4. This is a great idea! I'm usually looking for something to snack on at 2 am, too. I get tired of bread and butter. I'm going to make these!