CRUDE EATS: BITE-SIZED!

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

INGREDIENTS:

  •         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

    INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large bowl, combine all the above ingredients and stir together.
  2. Chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. Remove and roll into 1-2 inch balls. (or compress into greased or lined cupcake tins.)
  3. 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

INGREDIENTS:

  • 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

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a food processor or blender add the dates and blend until they have broken down into small bits.
  2. 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)
  3. Pour contents of blender or food processor into bowl and stir in old fashion oats until combined. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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

INGREDIENTS:

  • 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)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine the dates, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds and salt in a bowl until smooth and combined.
  2. 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.
  3. Optional: you can pour melted dark chocolate over the top before cutting bars and stick in the refrigerator until solid.
  4. 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! 

xoxo, 
The CRUDE Crew


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