Vegan Peanut Date Energy Bites {GF, Refined Sugar-Free}

Vegan Peanut Date Energy Bites {GF, Refined Sugar-Free}

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7 ingredient vegan peanut powder date energy bites that are also gluten-free, sugar-free and packed full of delicious hearty ingredients!  Under 100 calories per ball with 2.5 grams of protein! 

7 ingredient vegan peanut powder date energy bites that are also gluten-free, sugar-free and packed full of delicious hearty ingredients!  Under 100 calories per ball with 2.5 grams of protein!

I love making home made vegan energy ballsvegan chocolate truffles, chocolate balls, you name it. Why buy store bought treats and fill up on junk ingredients and all sorts of sugars when you can make your own refined sugar free, sweet treats at home from wholesome real ingredients?

Have I convinced you yet? It is still New Years resolution time right? What are you trying to work on this year? My goals are definitely to keep eating clean, while getting in shape and working out more. More running, more gym time and more real food.

Now I am not a huge fan of peanut butter on it’s own but I love adding it to all sorts of sauces, sweet treats, snacks, you name it. I had heard about powdered peanut butter from a friend recently – she had been me telling me that she adds it to smoothies and drinks instead of the regular stuff because it is much lower in fat (85% lower to be exact) while still being high in protein.

I needed no more convincing. I was ready to try this stuff. I found Jif peanut powder and love that it is made with just fresh roasted peanuts and no added sugars, just what I need.

Jif Peanut Powder

It looks exactly like you would imagine, that lightish brown beige peanut color but in a soft powder form. What to make with it though? Another friend had just told me that she made bars out of peanut butter and dates – that was my aha moment. I wanted to create a vegan energy bites with dates, Jif peanut powder and a medley of other superfood ingredients. I wanted these to be gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free. The big three. Oh and still tasty of course.

Vegan Peanut Date Energy Bites

For the other ingredients I chose chia seeds, hemp hearts, coconut oil, cacao powder and vanilla extract. A great bunch.

Everything comes together in the food processor in minutes and be formed into either balls or bars – whichever you prefer. Jury is still out. I may be leaning towards the bars though….

These are nutty and light, perfect for taking on the go as a mid day snack or to get your sweet fix. They are ever so slightly sweet but not overwhelmingly so, and with just a hint of rich chocolate flavor that pulls in right at the last second. A delayed chocolate effect. The bars and bites are dotted with specks of chia seeds and hemp hearts – sneaking it a bit more vitamins and nutrients in there.

7 ingredient vegan peanut powder date energy bites that are also gluten-free, sugar-free and packed full of delicious hearty ingredients!  Under 100 calories per ball with 2.5 grams of protein!

With 85% less fat than regular peanut butter I am most definitely happy to use the peanut powder instead! New year new you = less unnecessary oils and fats! Who needs ’em, right?

As you can tell I’m pretty excited about the peanut powder. I’m thinking it will make for a perfect Thai peanut sauce, Peanut protein oatmeal breakfast bowls, peanut, kale coconut smoothies, etc. So stay tuned for more recipes!

Vegan Peanut Date Energy Bars

 

Serves 1 ball

Vegan Peanut Date Energy Bites {GF, Refined Sugar-Free}

7 ingredient vegan peanut date energy bites that are also gluten-free, sugar-free and packed full of delicious hearty ingredients!

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates (about 12)
  • 1 cup Jif peanut powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine everything in the food processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. Form into balls or bars. Freeze for 10-30 minutes.
  3. Store in the refrigerator.
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Nutrition

Calories: 95 cal
Fat: 5.9 g g
Protein: 2.5 g g
Fiber: 1.8 g g

To get your hands on your own bag of Jif Peanut Powder make sure to find a Walmart near you that carries it!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StartWithJifPowder#CollectiveBias

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Comments

  1. says

    Oo they sound lovely. i have yet to try peanut butter powder but this sounds like a great way to use it!

  2. says

    I love vegan energy balls. Used to make them all the time, but I just realised I haven’t made a batch in forever – rectifying that tomorrow with this version – sounds delicious!

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