Oaty snacks

Snacking to reduce anxiety

When your blood sugar levels drop too low, your body sees this as a stress and there are complex survival mechanisms in place to ensure enough sugar gets to your brain. Low blood sugar can flip you into ‘fight or flight’ mode, which can increase feelings of anxiety, so it’s important to plan your intake of food across the day to avoid peaks and troughs and help you feel calm, balanced and energised (not hyper).

It’s great to have tasty yet healthy snacks on hand which sustain you instead of spiking your blood sugar. These little nuggets are a recent favourite because they contain oats which are a lovely nourishing food for the nervous system and can help you feel calm and grounded. Just 1/2 a cup of oats per day is a therapeutic dose (so think about making them part of your breakfast too). Oats also give you a good hit of fibre to keep your gut bugs happy.


  • 1 3/4 cups rolled oats (not quick cook)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup nut butter or tahini (I used half half)
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract or 1/4 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 cup nuts (I used pecans)
  • 3/4 cup cacao nibs


  • Mill oats to a rough flour in a food processor
  • Melt coconut oil over a low heat. Add nut butter, honey, salt, cinnamon and vanilla to the coconut oil and whisk well
  • Chop nuts and add to food processor with cacao nibs and coconut oil mixture
  • Blend until the mixture comes together (hand mix for a more chunky consistency)
  • Press into a lined brownie tin and refrigerate for about 30 minutes
  • Cut into squares when cool and store in the fridge

Recipe adapted from https://cookieandkate.com/easy-salted-fudge-recipe/