Raw Energy Snack Bites 2 Ways (Allergen Friendly)- FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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So what’s special about these and why are they allergen friendly?

Well, in almost every similar recipe I’ve seen for these they’re based on nuts or nut butters and in this case these are nut free. They’re also gluten free and vegan too.

Okay, so before you say “Hold up, why no nuts!?!?”, just know that I’m halfway thinking the same thing myself. And, no, I didn’t recently develop a nut allergy, and I certainly won’t be getting over my nut butter affair anytime soon. However, I do have some friends that I know have different intolerances and I just personally love switching it up and challenging the norm sometimes. Besides, by not adding nuts that just leaves more room for slipping in some healthy seeds and other good things.

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So typically when I’d make something like this with two versions it’s because they start with the same base and are just very similar recipes. Well, with these that’s not the case. One of these recipes is for these maple tahini rice crispy balls and the other for my basic cookie-dough-like date and oat balls.

They’re both really simple, but that’s where there’s another difference between the two. While the rice crispy balls need only a bowl and a stirring utensil, the other one does need something to blend them in, such as a food processor.

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I don’t know about you, but I go through phases where I like to eat larger meals all day and that feels great, but then I have other spurts of just wanting to snack allllllllll day long. Ya feel me?

No worries, I’ve got you covered friend because these are some of my favorite obsessions right now. Another thing about a recipe like this that always has me hesitating, is that there are so many possibilities and I can never decide what not to add.

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Okay, okay, but let’s get to the recipe part so that you can make these too. I find them to be one of the best options when you’re running out the door and need a little pick-me-up or when you’re craving something sweet late in the day and want it to be something nutritious too.

Anyway, I hope you get to try both of these versions and I’d love to know what you think!

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Raw Energy Snack Bites 2 Ways (Allergen Friendly)

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: about 16 balls (each recipe)


Date+Oat "Cookie Dough":

1 cup pitted dates + boiling water
2 cups rolled oats (be sure they are gluten free if necessary)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons chia seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1/4 cup raw pepitas
1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (vegan)

Maple Tahini Rice Crispy Balls:

3 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons tahini
1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal
1 1/4 cups quick oats (be sure they are gluten free if necessary)
2 tablespoons This antioxidant seed blend
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)


Date+Oat "Cookie Dough":

Soak the dates in a glass cup or measuring jar with just enough boiling water to cover them.
Add the oats and protein powder to a food processor or blender and pulse until finely ground. Add the soaked dates (with the water) then add the remaining ingredients, except chocolate chips and pulse again until as smooth as you'd like. (I left mine a bit gritty for texture but if you'd rather, you should probably be able to get it completely pureed.) Pour in chocolate chips/or chunks and pulse just to combine.
Roll the mixture into small bite-size balls (about 2 teaspoons each). If you're mixture seems a bit sticky or too soft, place it in the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes and it should be easier.

Maple Tahini Rice Crispy Balls:

Soak the dates in a glass cup or measuring jar with just enough boiling water to cover them.
Add the oats and protein powder to a food processor or blender and pulse until finely ground. Add the remaining ingredients, except rice crispies and pulse just to combine. Fold in the rice crispies.
Roll the mixture into small bite-size balls (about 2 teaspoons each). The mixture might be a bit harder to roll into balls so be sure to compress them tightly with your hands.


Store these separately in air tight containers to avoid the rice crispies getting soggy.


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Nice ..
Healthy food is a way of life .. well done, wonderful information from you
Thanks for sharing‏..

@slimanepro thanks so much for taking the time to comment

energy and healthy food !

When we eat, we, along with food, get its energy.

But not every food can benefit the body. Only energy food is capable not only of replenishing our energy, but also of multiplying it. We stuff the stomach with empty, non-energetic food, which is tantamount to the voluntary acceptance of poison, which then spreads through the blood and poison the entire body, carrying him all kinds of things. And we do not understand that we ourselves provoke the diseases and the decrepitude of the organism by the wrong diet.

tasty stuff

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i didn't see how long they could last for? how long can it last, without going bad?

These should easily last a week at room temperature and up to 3 weeks if stored in the fridge. Oh, and tou can also freeze them too. Thanks @goingforhealthy!

Wow they look pretty good for being so healthy @gringalicious ! A perfect snack for me to take to work and keep me going all night on my Graveyard shift Security job ! Thanks for sharing the recipe ! upped earlier by Auto, now resteemed ! will do the same in my @momskitchen blog ! Yummy!👌✌👍😋

@karenmckersie thanks so much for stopping by, Karen

Your welcome!😀

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Wow it's a nice article.20180512_121541.jpg

helfy food is really important, to bad people are keeping forgetting about that

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Ok. I'll be making these.
Thank you so much for sharing. I was looking for a good energy snack bars recipe like this one.
Thank you @gringalicious

Really? Oh, that makes me so happy to hear. Thanks @joalvarez!

Haha, well that's a bit of a third grade response but I'm laughing anyway @borisflorentin. Hehe, thanks

So ya, yummy for my sensitive tummy!

I really hope these are something you can enjoy then @tomcatt. Thanks

TGIF! They look great! yummmoooo

Oh, you're so sweet @travelgirl. Thank you.

Wooo I love them!! You can always find them at festivals, they are so good and so recharging of energies. Thank you for giving the recipe

Oh, that's so sweet of you @ascimat!

All are good but the bad thing is that we are far apart, I am missing alot of delicious foods!

Oh, yes it would be so amazing to actually share my foods with friends. Thanks @bornprince.

Oh my god look so amazing! I got so hungry!! haha Hi Im new on steemit!! Nice to meet you!

Happy to see you improving day by day !

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Stop spamming and posting this everywhere ! it has nothing to do with anyones posts!

I love your posts all the time even though I’m Vegan I always love seeing your recipes & photos! I’m so glad you throw in vegan recipes every here & there, i’m definitely going to try these out! :)

@platedbykay I try to serve everyone a little something, thanks so much for commenting

Those look so yummy!! I wonder if carobs also would work? Side Note: thats the first time i’ve typed the word “carob’ before. Another hit from gring!!!

Haha, yes carob would be really good in these. Thanks @goldmatters!

I really like your content. Great work. The food looks bloody tasty :) Best regards

This looks very interesting and yummy so nice :D

@blazing again, thanks for all of your support

Awesome....now I can have guilt free "cookie dough" :-) Glad you enjoyed NY I will be back up there soon. Summer time best time to be there!

It's look like delicious.... and so nutritious. Thanks for sharing

I just love sharing! Thanks @ngocbich!

what a delight, an easy recipe and practice to perform, thanks for sharing it, Success

These look beautiful and healthy, I cannot wait to try them

I really hope you enjoy!

I a'm a butcher, but what caught my attention was you photos.. they look very nice.. Keep the good work.. :-)

These cookies balls looks so yummy my dear! And they are so healthy! I love them I will try them one day for my little daughter.

@creativewoman again, so nice to have all of your support

I'll take a dozen.

@tesscooks4u hey, so good to hear from you. Sorry I have been so crazy busy

Those look amazing. I am always looking for something to smash the sweet tooth without the sugar. I'll pass these on to @freedomtowrite and see if she might make me some. Be well.

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Mmmmmm your recipes look so good 😋😋

I would like to try the Date+Oat "Cookie Dough" recipe.

Will let you know how it goes 😎

healthy snack, it gives energy and so easy to cook ! Better than all the industrial product we can find on the market. 😊

Process or not the energy, I tell them something looks tasty, to enjoy !!!

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Amazing food photography as always!

Great photography work, @gringalicious. It looks awesome!

Nice post.
Tasty too.
Just followed you.

Delicious and well done! I love food photography too but too busy in work to actually give it a try :(

In photo it is looking very delicious I hope i will fell the same once I cook it

Sounds delicious :D
Thanks for using Fast-Reply by the way !

@roxane hey, thanks for pointing it out to me. Responding to comments had become very time consuming, this is a great tool to help

That's exact @gringalicious :) Same for me. Now I really enjoy it ! :D Hope you too !

These look really powerful. You make it all look like it should! :)
I used to make a lot of different energy~balls / candies

...in recent years not so much tho...

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