It’s the scariest time of the year! No- not Halloween, that’s long gone... I mean test time! Stress accompanied by late nights in the library wondering if your education is even worth it often makes you turn to pizza or anything cheap, greasy, and easy to make. However, these foods don’t do anything good for your mood, so here are some easy snacks to lift up your spirits and make you feel like you have some semblance of being an adult.
Nutella Energy Balls. This one is for those of you who have a sweet tooth.
First mix the following ingredients in one bowl (or a giant mug):
- 1½ cup of oats (old-fashioned for me)
- 2 tbsp. of ground flaxseed
- ½ cup of honey
- 1 tbsp. of chia seeds
- 2 tbsp. of vanilla extract.
Next, for the pièce de résistance, add:
- ⅔ cups of Nutella
- ½ cup of roasted hazelnuts
Cover and chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Once cool, take it out and roll it into little balls and... eat them! You can also put them back in the fridge to enjoy at a later time.
Spicy Toasted Pumpkin Seeds: For a more savoury recipe, I’ll show you something perfect for this time of the year... These take only 30 minutes or so to make and are a perfect snack to munch on during all those late nights of studying.
Set the oven to 190°C, and combine all of these ingredients together:
- 1 cup of pumpkin seeds
- ½ tsp. of garlic powder
- ½ tsp. of salt
- ¼ tsp. of cayenne powder
- ½ oz. of olive oil
Put the seeds onto a tray and pop them into the oven for around 15-20 minutes or until the seeds look toasted, but not too crispy. Take them out, let them cool, and enjoy this snack that’s sure to make you a hit amongst study buddies (not to mention the Glendon squirrels)!