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Vegan, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites (A Freezer Friendly Snack)

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

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granola balls

Energy bites are amazing. Everyone enjoys them, and they can be used in so many ways throughout the day: a quick breakfast or morning snack, the perfect after-workout snack, or even a midnight snack. It’s a great way to curb sweet cravings.

ingredients

Every ingredient is a superfood, which makes this a guilt-free snack. Some afternoons are draining, and you may feel like you have no energy left. But just one or two of these energy bites will lift you up, I promise!

little Johnny eating granola

WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT THESE NO-BAKE ENERGY BALLS?

I always have one or two kinds of energy bites on hand. They’re so easy to make, and my kids LOVE them! I personally think these balls taste best frozen, so I leave them in the freezer for an emergency snack. As soon as my kids realize this treat is in the freezer, they will check the freezer many times throughout the day.


If you don’t have one or two of the ingredients in this recipe, please feel free to substitute with what you have in your pantry. For example, if you don’t have chia seeds, flax seeds will work. No coffee? Use water or nut milk. No almond butter? No problem! Use any peanut butter or other nut butter you like. Play around and have fun!

me and my son cooking

Toppings are optional, and I will list some of the toppings I use below. You don’t have to use them all, just choose what suits you best. Enjoy!!


Prep time: 20 min

Making time: 30 min

Total: 50 min

Yield: 3 dozen bites


Energy Bites Ingredients

1 cup walnuts

½ cup coconut flakes, unsweetened

1 pound pitted dates

1 cup raisins or dry cranberries

⅔ melted coconut butter

2 teaspoons almond extract or vanilla extract

½ cup chia seeds

¼ cup brewed coffee

1 teaspoon sea salt


Topping Ingredients (optional)

Crushed nuts (I like to use pistachios, they give a nice, bright green color)

Vegan chocolate ganache (see below for how to make it yourself)

Directions:

1. In a food processor add all nuts and coconut flakes, then pulse a few times.

2. After they are crushed, move them to an electric mixing bowl.

3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor (don’t add them to the mixing bowl yet).

4. Pulse everything in the food processor a few times until the mixture looks like dough.

5. Add the mixture into the bowl with the crushed nuts.

6. Mix everything together with the whisk attachment.

7. Form the balls using a small cookie scooper.

8. Roll the balls in the toppings you choose.

Enjoy!

granola bars on a platter

Bonus: Vegan Chocolate Ganache


Vegan Chocolate Ganache Ingredients:

2 tablespoons cacao powder

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons almond milk

2 tablespoons maple syrup

Vegan Chocolate Ganache Directions:

Heat all ingredients in a saucepan and stir until smooth. Using two forks, roll one ball at a time in the chocolate ganache and set it back on the platter. It’s easier to work with if you leave the balls in the freezer for a few minutes before rolling each ball in the chocolate ganache.


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