A packed snack

[donotprint] I’ve another fun packed weekend this weekend.

Rude Health! I’ve been looking forward to this since last year! The Irish Health Exhibition of the year, though not quite comparable to anything of its nature in the UK or the US, it’s all we have and it’s big enough for me to easily while away many hours, perusing, mingling, munching and spending a fortune!

Seminars, workshops and lots of interesting speakers including Patrick Holford (having just started reading Optimum Nutrition, completely enthralled, taking in pages at every given opportunity, I’m looking forward to hearing what he has to say!)

I’d only started blogging when I went last year, hadn’t heard of half of the companies, brands or speakers, and quickly made my way around the stands, not purchasing a whole lot; I’ll be picking up whatever goodies tickle my fancy this time around. Long gone are the days when clothes shopping was my not so guilty pleasure…yep, nut butters and the like are now a hell of a lot more tempting! Sure now that I’m a student again I can live in sweatpants and t-shirts for the year Smile

Off to the gym this morning for an energising (or so I hope) strength workout, quick shower and breakie and then I shall be out the door with the staples..credit card and a couple of raw cherry brownie snacks to keep me going. They say never grow grocery shopping on an empty stomach…

Never go to a health exhibition on an empty stomach or your a hell of lot more likely to be impulse buy overly priced products when your money could be much better spent elsewhere!

I’ll be helping out the guys on The Happy Pear stand tomorrow too! They also have a nurse carrying out cholesterol tests on their stand and their offering people another opportunity to enter their September Happy Heart Competition. Check it out if you haven’t already!

So back to this packed snack….raw chocolate cherry brownie like bites! Delicious sweet, naturally so, and incredibly rich and almondy….the perfect combination!

I used almonds, oats, almond extract, dried cherries, cocoa and the much love date. All whizzed up with a little drop of water to bring it all back together; I fell in love at first bite and of course had to have a second. They actually taste even better and have a slightly firm and more desirable texture when left in the fridge for a couple of hours, though soft and a little bit on the mushy side is perhaps more comparable to the standard brownie! (mushed up over some banana softserve….has to be tried!)

Raw bites…soft or a little bit more solid, what’s your preference?

Anything exciting or interesting on the agenda this weekend? [/donotprint]

Raw Cherry Almond Brownie Bites


Servings – 6

Preparation Time – 5 minutes


  • 45g dates
  • 45g dried cherries
  • 45g rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp Dutch unprocessed cocoa powder
  • 25g almonds
  • 1.5 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract


  1. Add cherries and dates to a food processor and process until finely chopped and sticky.
  2. Add in nuts and oats and process on high speed until everything is evenly distributed. Add in water, almond extract and continue to process on high until the mixture comes together to form a ball (1-2 minutes).
  3. Divide mixture in 6 (approx. 32g each) and mould in to your shape of fancy. I opted for little cookie like brownie bites. Place in the fridge for a few hours before serving (they will keep wrapped in saran wrap out of the fridge, they just firm up quite nicely in the fridge!)

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