Recipe: Honey Nut Energy Cubes
by Colleen Doyle
Many people have asked me if I miss eating snack foods like chips, crackers, and granola bars, which are only available in packaging. To my surprise, after nearly a year of working toward zero-waste, I can honestly answer that I don’t crave any packaged food—savory, salty, or sweet. I’ve managed to find healthy, package-free replacements to satisfy every kind of hankering. Here is a recipe for sweet and hearty energy cubes. The measurements are approximate. I used what I had on hand—any other nuts, seeds, fruits and grains can be substituted.
1 cup honey
1 cup nut butter (I used almond)
1 cup popped amaranth
0.50 cup chopped almonds
0.50 cup chopped dried apricots
0.50 cup sunflower seeds
0.50 cup pumpkin seeds
1. Heat honey until warm. Slowly add nut butter until just mixable.
2. Mix in the remaining ingredients one by one. When the mixture became too stiff to stir, I used my hands to fold in the rest of the dry ingredients.
3. Press the mixture into an oiled 8×8” pan. Cool for one hour.
4. Cut into 1 inch cubes. Store in the refrigerator for up to one month or freeze indefinitely.
(image: Colleen Doyle, No Trash Project)