Cherry Vanilla Energy Bites (Easy, No-Bake, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan)
Made with only 6 ingredients these cherry vanilla energy bites make the perfect snack for toddlers! These easy energy balls are soft, refreshing, and fueling. Plus, these cherry energy bites require no baking, save time in the kitchen and keep up your energy!
Save time in the kitchen by having these cherry vanilla energy bites on hand.
These bites are perfect for busy moms because:
- they're made in under thirty minutes
- they store well in the freezer
- based around wholesome ingredients
- sweet enough for kids
Having homemade energy balls on hand helps keep busy moms sane. Moreover, stop spending hours in the kitchen. Instead, learn how to make homemade energy balls and keep them on hand at all times!
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What Are Energy Bites?
Energy bites are a busy mom staple!
They're bite-sized balls that pack a ton of nutrients. Additionally, they are normally (but not always!) date-based, homemade energy bites normally use a variety of nuts, seeds, and oats for a variety of flavors.
Energy bites are ideal for kids (and especially toddlers) because they're a fast, no-bake snack option that provides... energy!
Ingredients In The Bites
The ingredients in these homemade energy bites have one goal: fuel.
Although the dates provide a source of energy (sugar) and keep them sweet, the fats (almonds) in cherry vanilla bites help to stabilize the sugar rush.
Likewise, the oats in the recipe help to bind the balls together as well as fill up the tummies of toddlers.
How You Can Add MORE Fuel
Want to make the cherry vanilla energy bites a bit more fueling and well-rounded? Add in collagen powder!
Collagen is a beneficial part of bone broth and wonderful for your hair, skin, and nails. Learn more about collagen and why you may want to boost your intake. However, unlike bone broth, it doesn’t taste like well, bone broth.
Similarly, collagen powder is odorless and flavorless. Plus, if ethically sourced one of the purest forms of protein you can give to your kids! I grab my collagen from Perfect Supplements and while I love their big tub of powder, I love the individual packets even more!
I find collagen the easiest way to boost protein in smoothies, vegan yogurts, oatmeal, or any other dish. It blends and mixes well and there are zero flavors to it. Plus, Perfect Supplements sources their collagen from pasture-raised (grass-fed) cows. So, I trust it.
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How To Store Them
The bites can be stored in the fridge or the freezer. Personally, I store our energy balls in the freezer because dates don’t freeze solid.
Thus, I can grab them right out of the freezer to eat. Likewise, they last longer in the freezer it only makes sense.
I keep them in the fridge for around seven days. But they store in the freezer for a couple of months.
FAQ's And Tips To Making The Recipe
Homemade energy bites can be made in a variety of flavors. However, this particular recipe is based on minimal ingredients.
If you're making these bites for a toddler, make sure to fully grind the almonds before mixing them in. Likewise, you can grind down the oats as well. This will create a much smoother texture.
However, if the balls are for older kids, you can leave some chunks in the almonds and oats for texture.
Make sure to soak the dates prior to blending them. The softer they are, the better they process into "date paste" without having to add much water.
Similarly, the more water you add, the stickier the balls will be.
Ingredients You Need
- 1 cup dates soaked in warm water for 20 minutes
- ¾ almonds
- ⅔ cup oats (gluten-free as necessary)
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ dried cherries
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
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How To Make Them
Soak the dates in water for twenty minutes to soften.
In a food processor, grind almonds until crumbly. Do not grind into a full flour unless you want or need super smooth bites.
Add in the dates, syrup, vanilla, and blend. You may need to scrape down the sides to make sure the dates are fully broken down. Blend until paste forms.
Add the dates and remaining ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.
Line a cutting board with parchment paper. Grab some coconut oil if you have it and run it on your hands. This helps prevent the mixture from sticking too much to your hands.
Roll the mixture into balls roughly one inch in diameter. Place the balls on the parchment paper and place them in the fridge for thirty minutes.
Keep in the fridge for up to a week or keep extra balls in the freezer and grab when ready to serve.
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Cherry vanilla energy balls are the perfect snack for toddlers and adults alike. This is because they provide a healthy burst of energy but will keep you full also. They're simple and quick to make and tasty to eat. Just pop them in your mouth and you're good to go.
No-Bake Cherry Energy Bites
Other Tasty Energy Balls
Cherry vanilla energy balls are the perfect snack for toddlers and adults alike. This is because they provide a healthy burst of energy but will keep you full also.
They're simple and quick to make and tasty to eat. Just pop them in your mouth and you're good to go.