All snack recipes are:

  • Fruit based, with nuts & seeds
  • Minimally processed
    • Free from refined sugars & concentrated sweeteners (natural or otherwise)
    • Flour-free
    • Oil-free (except for negligible amounts of spray oils)
    • Paleo friendly (although legumes and intact grains are included)
  • Gluten-free (as an option)

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Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Prep Time: 8 minutes. Yield: About 2 cups.

This may appeal to some Nutella lovers, but, when introducing it, it’s best not to compare it to Nutella. This spread is not nearly as sweet. The first ingredient in Nutella is sugar (21 grams per 2 tablespoon serving), and the second is palm oil.

8 oz. or 1 c. hazelnut butter, such as Dastony Hazelnut Butter

8 oz. or 1 c.  Dickinson’s Purely Fruit Red Raspberry Spreadable Fruit (or other all-fruit spread)

¼ c. plus 2 T. cocoa powder

Beat all ingredients together until creamy, about 5 minutes. Store in refrigerator.

Variation: If using as a fruit dip, use a complimentary fruit spread. For instance, use strawberry fruit spread if using as a dip for strawberries halves or pineapple chunks. Use raspberry spread as a dip for peach or orange slices.

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Caramel Dipping Sauce & Apple Slices

Prep Time: 5 minutes, if Date Paste and Macadamia Nut Cream are prepared. Yield: 4 servings.

1 c. Date Paste (see Staple Recipes)

1 T. Macadamia Nut Cream  (see Staple Recipes)

½ T. finely ground chia seeds

½ T. finely ground flax seeds

1 t. vanilla

½ t. Himalayan salt (such as Sherpa Pink)

4 apples sliced for dipping

1 T. lemon juice

If not already prepared, make Macadamia Nut Cream. Soak 1 ½ c. macademia nuts in enough water to cover nuts overnight. Purée in a Vitamix or other high-speed blender, gradually adding just enough water to form a thick cream (1/4-1/2 c.). This make take up to 7 minutes. Stop and scrape sides several times. Use 1 T. and store the rest in the refrigerator.

If not already prepared, pit and halve 16 oz. of dates (approx. 2 c.). Place in a covered bowl just with enough water to almost cover the dates. Soak overnight. Place dates (with a very small amount of the soaking liquid) in a Vitamix or other high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Use 1 c. and store the rest in the refrigerator.

Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl. Warm in the microwave for 20 seconds. Slice apples and coat with lemon juice. The apples will keep for awhile since they’re dipped in lemon juice, so this is great for school lunches and buffet-style entertaining.

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Healthy Trail Mix

Prep Time: 5 minutes. Yield: 1 serving.

¼ c. unsalted pumpkin seeds

¼ c. unsalted sesame seed hearts

¼ c. Trader Joe’s Golden berry Mix (or raisins and dried cherries, cranberries and blueberries)

Combine all ingredients.