Recipe Contribution: Coconut Nut Snack

In an effort to build a community of environmentally conscious citizens we’ve created Community Leeks as a platform for people to share thoughts, stories, recipes and resources.

Today’s Community Leeks entry is our first recipe contribution. It comes from an outdoor enthusiast with an untethered passion for the mountains. His very active lifestyle and rock climbing adventures led him to create a nutrient-rich, protein packed snack that is 100% natural. His love for nature has guided his path in academia and lifestyle choices. Thank you Delano for sharing with us your story and this deliciously satisfying plant-based recipe!

Coconut Nut Snack

By Delano Lavigne

Fueling your body with healthy foods while maintaining an active lifestyle can often be a challenge. This recipe is a great alternative to store bought energy bars and one that I have relied on for more than two decades to help me fuel my active lifestyle. One of the best things about this snack is that it’s easy to improvise and get creative with the recipe. There are an infinite number of ways to adapt this recipe to meet your needs and tastes; think goji berries, almond butter, hemp seeds, chia seeds, spirulina and more. One of my favourite adaptions is to add cacao and chocolate chips (carob chips work if your looking to keep it vegan).

Coconut Nut Snack

1/2 cup Almonds
1/2 cup Walnuts
1 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/2 cup Raisins
1/2 cup Dates
1/2 – 3/4 cup Tahini
1/2 cup Coconut

  1. Mix all the ingredients except the coconut in a food processor. A blender also works but in which case it’s best to do it in batches since it can get pretty sticky. The quantities can vary and it’s the consistency that matters most. Feel free to add more tahini, raisins or dates if its not sticking together well enough. You mixture should hold together easily, think cookie dough.

  2. Once you have the desired consistency shape the mixture into roughly 3 cm (bite size) wide balls.

  3. Roll each ball in coconut and voila. If it gets too sticky, lightly wet your hands while rolling.

  4. The recipe makes for a potentially large yield so you may want to consider, as I do, putting them in the freezer.

note: Dates can make them very sweet so if you’re concerned about sugar intake use more raisins or some other alternative. Agave sugar, which has a lower glycemic index, is fair substitute.

About the Author:

Delano has been adventuring in the outdoors for many, many years. Having grown up in a rural area of Quebec, he has developed a love for nature. He completed his Masters in Public Policy with an emphasis on Environmental Policy and Corporate Social Responsibility. He did two more years of graduate school and the PhD level in that field. A couple years ago, Delano and his girlfriend moved to Quebec and started an organic garden, built a greenhouse, and raised some laying hens. That journey was short lived given that she was from the United States and they were both missing the mountains – he is after all an avid rock climber. Delano’s food choices are very conscious decisions that has led to certain living practices, such as cooking almost all meals at home and maximizing seasonally available foods.

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