Cookbook author, food blogger and star of TODAY All Day's #Cooking series Samah Dada is cooking up better-for-you snack recipes. She shows us how to make spiced chickpea salad and nutty carrot cake bites.
My mom used to make a version of this salad all the time as a snack, so it's no wonder I have a devout appreciation for chickpeas in all their forms. This salad is zesty and bright, and it's incredible how it takes just a few ingredients and a few minutes to throw everything together. Chaat masala is an Indian spice blend commonly used in Indian street food, with an incomparable flavor thanks to dried mango powder, coriander, cumin, black salt and chili powder. Find it online or in an Indian / International grocery store.
All of the elements that we love in a carrot cake are in attendance — the spices, the coconut and, of course, the carrots. Cashews provide a neutral, buttery base, which work together with Medjool dates, our only source of sweetener. I roll these in some salted, crushed mixed nuts for a sweet and salty snack that can be enjoyed at home or on the go!
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