Healthy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites

Sloanie HQ has been abuzz with health resolutions all January long. We’re trying our hardest to stay on track and have issued a no sweets in the office policy. Sounds harsh, we know, but the weekly donut runs for the office had to be halted. Now that it’s nearing the end of the month, we’re slowly easing up on the ban and think that healthy no-bake energy bites may be the way to ease back into this sweet thang without reverting back to our old ways.

While most of us are more accustomed to real baking, we’re going to give these three recipes a try and decide which ones are our favorite. We’ll let you know how the vote goes.

Cacao-Coconut Plantain Rice Balls with Pepitas: We’re obsessed with our Inspiralizer, so naturally it was the first site we checked for healthy no-bake treats. There’s just one no-bake recipe on the site so far. Lucky for us, it sounds fantastic and fairly simple. The instructions suggest you have an Inspiralizer, but if you don’t we’re sure you can figure out a way to work around it.

Ingredients

1 plantain, peeled, Blade C
5 medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1 tsp cacao
2 tsp de-shelled roasted and salted pepitas
3 tsp coconut flakes

Instructions

Place your plantain noodles into a food processor and pulse until like rice. Place into a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook for 3 minutes, tossing frequently.

Place the plantain rice, medjools, cacao and coconut flakes into a food processor and pulse until sticky and smooth.

Place the mash into a bowl and add in the pepitas. Mix with hands to incorporate the pepitas. Then, form 5-6 balls with hands and place each onto a plate. Refrigerate for 15 minutes and then enjoy or enjoy immediately.

No Bake Energy Bites

No-Bake Carrot Cake Energy Bites: These were just one of the flavors we happened upon while browsing Pinterest. There’s all sorts of flavors – pumpkin, gingerbread, snickerdoodle, cake batter – but for whatever reason the carrot cake ones sounded the best. Plus, there are some people in our office that don’t like chocolate. We wish we had that problem (sometimes).

Ingredients

3 Medjool dates
4 dried apricots
2 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup coconut flour
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
⅛ tsp. ground cardamon
⅛ tsp. ground ginger
⅛ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup shredded carrots
unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish

Instructions

Into the bowl of a food processor or high-speed blender, add dates, apricots, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, processing until dates and apricots have broken down into smaller pieces and ingredients are well combined

Add oats, coconut flour, spices, and shredded carrot, continuing to process until ingredients are well combined and the mixture sticks together easily.

Add generous amount of shredded coconut to a shallow bowl. Using a heaping tablespoon, roll dough between your hands before rolling it in the coconut to coat. Set aside on a plate and repeat with remaining dough.

Store balls in an airtight container in the fridge for best results, or freeze for longer periods of time.

No Bake Energy Bites

No-Bake Energy Bites: You might call these the traditional no-bake bite, but this tried and true recipe won’t disappoint. Oatmeal? Check. Peanut Butter? Check. Chocolate? Check. Healthy? Check. We have a feeling these might be our favorite. They sound easy to make too!

Ingredients

1 cup (dry) oatmeal (old-fashioned oats)
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like.

Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Makes about 20-25 balls.

Now that we have our recipes in hand, we now only have to get no-baking! What’s your go-to healthy treat? Tag us @SloaneRanger and let us know!