Last weekend I worked at the Farmers Market and right across from me was a stand with granola, cookies, brownies, and other baked goods. The entire time I watched them set up, I was hoping they were Vegan. And as soon as they were putting up the banner I saw “Vegan” on it and my heart just melted. I was so happy. So at the end of the market we bartered for some goodies, we gave them rosemary, mandarins, kale, and a Buddha hand for some cacao goji energy bites, figs bars, and granola. It was just a beautiful day at the market that day, but getting those vegan baked goodies made the day even better!
Long story short, I fell in love with their cacao goji energy bites and decided to make some of my own. I started with a basic recipe everyone can make, and you don’t even need a high speed blender to get the job done.
I only used a food processor, a bowl, and a mixing spoon.
- 1 1/2 c. medjool dates (pitted and chopped)
- 1 1/2 c. walnut halves
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 1 tsp coconut extract
- 1 tbsp Peanut Butter & Co. “Smooth Operator” (or almond butter)
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 2-3 tbsp powdered sugar (optional)
Soak dates for 30 minutes to an hour. Pit/chop them. You can remove the skin if you’d like but not mandatory.
Process walnut halves in a food processor until a flour-like consistency forms.
Combine processed walnuts, ground flaxseeds, coconut extract, and cacao powder in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
Process chopped dates in a food processor and add to the mixture and combine ingredients well.
Add peanut butter, mix well.
It should be somewhat of a sticky consistency but not overall sticky, add more walnuts, ground flax seeds, or cacao powder if it’s just way too sticky.
Roll into a ball (size of your choice).
Sprinkle or roll in powdered sugar. Place into a container and store in the refrigerator over night.
These chewy bites are filled with omega-3, fiber, and potassium, but they’re delicious and helps with the prevention of cancer!