AKA “Healthy Nutella”
Gluten free, egg-free, dairy-free, sugar free no-bake, and yummy
1.5 cups walnuts, or hazelnuts, ground
1/4 c. liquid – milk, juice, water
8 dates, pitted
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
Grind the nuts in a food processor. Add liquid, process some more. Add dates, process some more. Add remainder of ingredients and process until completely blended. Can use as a spread or roll into balls and roll the balls in nuts, coconut, etc. for truffles.
Adapted from: http://www.blueberries-nutrition.com/delicious-recipes/2014/12/21/no-bake-energy-bites-recipe
1 cup oatmeal
1/3 c. chia seeds
1/3 c. hemp hearts
1/2 c. ground flax
1/2 c. raisins (try other ingredients such as chopped nuts, pumpkin seeds, or other dried fruit)
1/3 c. liquid honey
1/2 c. nut butter (I used almond)
Mix dry ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Add honey and nut butter. Combine well. Scoop into balls either by hand or with a measuring scoop. I used a one ounce measuring scoop. Place onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with wax paper. Freeze until firm, then transfer bites to a ziploc freezer bag and keep frozen until ready to use. 21 energy bites. Note – 2/3 c. toasted coconut can be used in place of the chia seeds and hemp hearts. I switched out the coconut because my husband doesn’t like it.
Oatmeal ball (or bar) with nuts, fruits, chia seeds and hemp hearts. No added sugar or salt. Gluten free.
This is labour and time intensive (took me about an hour, excluding cutting the bars up). You will use a lot of muscles stirring the wet and dry ingredients together. To avoid a pain flare: I would suggest using a heavy duty mixer to incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry. Or enlist someone else’s help. My husband cut the bars up for me and his hands hurt afterwards! However, given the cost of similar bars in the store ($3.00 and up) it is worth it.
3 1/2 cups oatmeal (oats)
1/3 c. chia seeds
¼ c. ground flaxseed
½ c. hemp hearts
½ cup Nuts (I used walnuts)
½ cup dried Apricots
½ c. raisins
1 medium Apple, chopped
200 g dates, pitted and chopped
½ cup natural Peanut butter
½ cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup plain 0% fat yogurt
Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Place dates in water on stove and cook until mushy. Puree. Puree apple in water. Combine dates, apple, oil, peanut butter & yogurt in small bowl. Mix into dry. Mix well. Using a one ounce measuring scoop, scoop out the mixture and roll each scoop into small balls. Alternative, place entire mixture into 9 x 9 pan. Refrigerate. When cool, cut into bars. Wrap each ball / bar individually in saran wrap. Keep balls refrigerated until use as the balls lose their shape when warm. A great snack or have one for breakfast with some fresh fruit and non fat Greek yogurt!