Entries in Nuts & Seeds (25)
Where oh where to start?
Well for starters, how about as promised, I'm back today with a sweet snack to share.
Or should I say a luscious chocolatey snack?
If you've been following along with me for awhile now, you're probably familiar with how much I love to make real easy snacks, especially no-bake energy bites. They're always nutritious and deliciously good. These are no exception! The title says it all. If you have a sweet tooth and are in love with chocolate, these little bites might just fit the bill. They're texture is so smooth, soft, and chocolatey. Very reminiscent of a decadent truffle. Only these won't go straight to your thighs ;)
You may be thinking they look pretty impressive, but they're surprisingly easy to prepare. Just 6 ingredients and some quality time with my favourite kitchen accessory, the food processor.
I recently bought some raw cacao powder at my local healthy food store and boy is it good. I've been doing some experimenting with it in a few recipes and this is one of them. I think I nailed this recipe the first time I made it. After the first bite, I almost died and went to heaven! Maybe I'm biased but I think this is one of my best energy bite recipes yet, and my family agrees with me. They came out so fluffy and soft. They just melt in mouth.
I made sure the chocolate and vanilla flavours were nice and prominent. Pure and simple clean ingredients for clean nutrition.
Raw Cacao Vanilla Energy Bites
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Keywords: food processor no-bake raw dessert snack gluten-free grain-free vegan almond butter dates cacao powder energy bites
Ingredients (12 energy bites)
- 3/4 cup macadamia nuts
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1/4 cup smooth almond butter
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Place macadamia nuts in the bowl of food processor and grind until finely chopped. Be careful not to turn them into nut butter.
Next add the dates to the chopped nuts and grind until combined and mixture holds together.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor. Process until a smooth dough forms, stopping and scraping the walls of a food processor as needed. It should take about 2-5 minutes. The dough should be sticky enough that you are able to form it together in your hands.
Using a small ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop 2 tablespoons worth of the mixture out (about the size of a golf ball) and roll with hands into a ball. Place some coconut flakes in one bowl and cacao powder in another, roll half of the balls in the coconut flakes and the other half in the cacao powder to coat.Notes
Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Freeze for up to 3 months. They can be eaten right out the freezer, no defrosting necessary!Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 1 energy bite Calories: 136 Fat: 10g Sodium: 21mg Carbohydrates: 13g Sugar: 7g Fiber: 5g Protein: 2g
Hey it's Thursday! How's everyone doing? I'm great but I would be doing a whole lot better if Spring would hurry up and get here already. This winter has been pretty rough. So much dryness in the air and cold temperatures. That breif warm up last week was such a tease!
That's why I whipped up some tasty treats to share with you guys this week.
Granola bars and healthy fruit and nut bars are one of my favourite things to make. I certainly have a soft spot for them.
I'm should start by mentioning that these bars turn out to be a fail the first time I made them. Ugh! Not a great way to start the week. My dates were a bit dry so I added some water to the mix. Only I added a little too much and the whole thing became a giant mess of date paste instead of a nice dough that I could form into bars. I never would have thought it would be so easy to mess up no-bake fruit and nut bars, but I somehow managed to do it. Ha! Back to the drawing board I went and came out with these beauties.
It's a great idea to make these and keep them wrapped individually in the freezer. They don't freeze and this keeps them nice and fresh.
These no-bake bars are easy enough to make and can be thrown together in minutes. One of these would be a perfect snack before a workout. Or if you tend to be one of those people who skip breakfast or grab a muffin and a coffee at the drive-thru then you've gotta try these bars instead. They're loaded with super foods like walnuts, hemp seeds, and blueberries, and the only sugar in them comes from the dried fruit. Plus they taste like a blueberry muffin.
Blueberry Muffin Energy Bars no-bake, gluten-free, grain-free, vegan | Yields 6 bars
- 1 cup soft pitted dates
- 1 cup walnuts
- 2 tbsp raw hemp seeds (I used north coast naturals)
- 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder (I used vega sport)
- 1/4 cup dried blueberries
- Place walnuts and hemp seeds in your food processor and process until finely chopped (like breadcrumbs). Pour the nut + hemp seed mixture into a bowl and set aside.
- Place the pitted dates in your food processor and process into small sticky pieces. The mix will be clumpy.
- Add the nut + hemp seed mixture back into the food processor along with the protein powder and dried bluberries. Process until evenly combined and the mixture holds together.
- To shape into bars: turn mixture out onto a long sheet of plastic wrap, then fold the wrap over the dough to cover it.
- Flatten with your hands and roll out the dough with a rolling pin to desired thickness. Cut into bars.
- Keep in a sealed contained, or individually wrap and store in the refrigerator or freezer. These bars can be eaten straight from the freezer as they will not freeze.
Serving Size: 1 bar Calories: 248 Fat: 12g Fiber: 4g Protein: 8g Sodium: 7mg Carbohydrates: 28g Sugar: 16g