I love whipping up these vegan energy bites for healthy snacks on the go, they're great for when you have sweet cravings, but these are free from refined sugars so shouldn't crash your blood sugar levels and maintain energy more steadily. Here I have a few different ideas with nut-free and gluten-free versions also.
Fig, Cinnamon & Tahini
Tahini is a great stre cupboard item to have, it's a key ingredient in making your own hummus and makes a really delicious salad dressing. You can also use in sweet things as well, similar to peanut butter as I have here. For this recipe you will need:
-1/2 cup of figs
-3/4 cup rolled oats
-2 tbsp tahini
-1 tsp ground cinnamon
Blend together in a food processor until a sticky dough is formed, then roll into small balls and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes until eating.
Lemon & Cashew
I got this recipe from Fearne Cotton's 'Cook Happy Cook Healthy' book and they taste delicious! Didn't make as many as the recipe said but maybe I made them a bit too big, and I also added a squeeze of fresh lemon juice as I like extra zinginess, they came out really well it tastes like lemon drizzle cake! For these you will need to blend together in a food processor the following ingredients:
-100 g raw unsalted cashew nuts
-6 Medjool or 10 regular pitted dates
-Grated zest of 1 lemon
-2 tbsp dessicated coconut
-1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
-1 tbsp chia seeds
Roll into balls, chill in the fridge and enjoy.
Chocolate, Hazelnut & Raisin
Basically a healthier version of nutella! I made this recipe up and tend to just wing it/play it by ear from the consistency of what may be needed to be added to the mixture for a runnier or stickier mix. For these you will need (approx):
-1/2 cup of hazelnuts
-1/2 cup dates (pitted)
-3/4 cup rolled oats
-1 tbsp peanut butter, melted
-2 tbsp raw cacao powder
-1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
-1/4 cup raisins
You may need to add a few spoonfuls of water if the mixture is too dense, but as long as you can press the mixture together and it sticks it should form a ball. I would add the raisins after blending the rest of the ingredients as I like them to be a bit chunkier.
Raw Carrot Cake
I've made similar to these before where I've added walnuts or pecans but I found this recipe on Pinterest and it is nut-free so great for those with allergies and still tastes lovely. You will need:
-3/4 - 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
-1/2 - 3/4 cup finely shredded carrots
-1/2 cup dried mulberries (or raisins)
-7 medjool dates or 10 regular dates
-1/4 cup water
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 tsp nutmeg
-1/4 tsp ground cloves OR ginger (I actually used fresh grated ginger in mine!)
Blend together and put in the freezer for a couple of hours, then you can store in the fridge and enjoy. It is quite a sticky mixture than I normally do, you could add more oats if you find it too difficult to roll.
I still have so many more ideas to try out! The beauty of these is you can throw whatever you have in your cupboard and try out lots of different flavour combinations. They make a great alternative to cakes and chocolate bars as they satisfy your sweet craving but have a lot more fibre and nutritional value in them!
My name is Helen Davison and I'm a NIMH registered practising Medical Herbalist based in Ramsbottom, Lancashire. I've had a keen interest in herbal remedies since my early teens and would experiment creating my own balms and bath bombs using natural ingredients, which prompted me in discovering and pursuing a career in Western Herbal Medicine.