On a rough day, a well-timed snack is like a hug for your blood sugar, taking you from staring at the abysmally slow hands of the clock to being happier--well, more productive at least. We're great believers in the power of a good snack. We're even bigger believers in the power of a good snack that's also good for you.
How do vegan bite-sized treats whipped up by our very own Sabrina sound? She tested three different vegan recipes for an array of granola-based, bite-sized goodies. Here's how you can make them yourselves (unfortunately, your own personal Sabrina is not included).
First up: feast your eyes on these Apple Pie bites. Spoiler alert: THEY HAVE CHOCOLATE IN THEM. CHOCOLATE.
APPLE PIE BITES
- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup small chopped apples
- 3/4 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- In a large bowl, combine all the above ingredients and stir together.
- Chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. Remove and roll into 1-2 inch balls. (or compress into greased or lined cupcake tins.)
- Store in the fridge in a large zip-lock or airtight container for up to three weeks. enjoy!
If cinnamon, apples and chocolate aren't your thing (and hey--we're not judging) you might want to take a look at the citrus-y goodness that is these Key Lime Pie bites.
KEY LIME PIE BITES
- ¾ cup pitted medjool dates (10-12 dates)
- 1 cup macadamia nuts
- 1 cup old fashion oats
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp lime zest
- 3 tbsp lime juice
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup ground graham cracker
- In a food processor or blender add the dates and blend until they have broken down into small bits.
- Add in the macadamia nuts, shredded coconut, lime zest and juice and a pinch of salt and blend until a smooth batter like consistency has formed. (you may need to add up to 1/4 cup water if using blender to reach desired consistency)
- Pour contents of blender or food processor into bowl and stir in old fashion oats until combined.
- Once combined, scoop out tablespoon sized amounts of the mixture and roll into balls, depending on the stickiness you can wet your hands a touch to make the balls easier to roll, roll balls into ground graham cracker until covered.
- Store the balls in the fridge in a sealed container for approximately a week, or you can keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
And last (but certainly not least) are these cranberry-pistachio bars with chocolate. We're keeping all of these for ourselves.
CRANBERRY PISTACHIO BAR BITES
- 8 ounces (about 1 packed cup) pitted chopped dates (about 10-12)
- 1/2 cup honey (or apple honey)
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
- pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked)
- 1 cup shelled pistachio nuts
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- 11 oz dark chocolate melted (optional)
- Combine the dates, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds and salt in a bowl until smooth and combined.
- Stir in the oats, pistachios, dried cranberries, and dark chocolate chips until Grease a small baking pan with line with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.
- Optional: you can pour melted dark chocolate over the top before cutting bars and stick in the refrigerator until solid.
- Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bars hold their shape.)
And that's it! We hope you love one (or all!) of these bite-sized pieces of joy!
The CRUDE Crew