HEMP HEART ENERGY BITES (NO BAKE)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup oats, rolled or quick (I used GF)
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • 6 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • pinch of salt, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in food processor, blend until combined. Add 1 tablespoon water at time if needed to help the mixture clump up. I used about 1 tablespoon, use at your discretion.
  2. Don’t worry if the dough seems a little too sticky, as it will become a bit stiffer once refrigerated. And if it’s a little sticky it will help when you roll the balls in a coating. If the mixture is too wet, try adding a pinch or two of oats. The dryer they are the more they will be a stiffer, but chewy cookie. The moister they are, they will be more like cookie dough. Both ways are good. :)
  3. Next, roll the dough into one inch balls. If dough seems too sticky to roll, refrigerate the dough for about 20 minutes before rolling.
  4. You can roll the energy bites in a variety of ingredients for a nice finishing touch. I rolled some in hemp seeds, coconut, cinnamon and cacao powder. I wanted to experiment with different coatings. If rolling in powders be sure to gently lift and drop your coated balls a few times an inch or two above a hard surface to let any excess powder fall off.

Makes 12 energy bites

Store: Keep in the refrigerator and eat within 1 – 2 weeks. For longer storage, they can be kept in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months.

NOTES
If you rather not use dates or don’t have them on hand, you can sub with pure maple syrup using 1 – 2 extra tablespoons pure maple syrup, starting with the smaller amount.

Don’t worry about getting all the ingredients exact. If you add/subtract the spices they will still be great. You almost always can’t go wrong with these.

These are great for special occasions and can be made well in advance to keep life a little simpler.

Recipe originally found on The Simple Veganista.

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