Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Vegan Crispy Snack
Today when I was running with my dog, I fell and hurt my thumb.  It's pretty sore, so please forgive me if this post is pretty brief.

I have been working on relatively healthy snacks this week.  I've worked on a black bean brownie (not there yet) and a couple of other toss-in-the-lunchbox snacks.

The one that worked best was influenced by Energy Bites from Smashed Peas and Carrots.  That recipe on its own is a good one (though I prefer a vegan sweetener).  Of course, I kept playing around with it, and this is the tasty result of that kitchen fun.

Getting back to my thumb, I was really hurting today, so my fantastic sons, Casey and Evan, made the treats today.  We hope you like them as much as we do.

We shared this recipe with the new blog hop event, Allergy-free Wednesdays, hosted by our good friend, Tessa the Domestic Diva.  Please hop over to check out lots of good recipes and to be introduced to Tessa, a blogger I think you'll love!

Crispy Treats
Makes 2 dozen

1 cup crispy brown rice cereal (GF)
1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
1/3 cup date paste (medjool dates pureed with water, or soaked in hot water, then pureed)
1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup allergen-free chocolate chips (optional)

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients.
Chill for at least 20 minutes.
Form into balls, an inch to an inch-and-a-half across.
Store in a container in the refrigerator.

Happy Cooking!

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  1. I KNOW my kids would love these! Thanks for the idea! If you could share this (or any of your great recipes!) on our new blog hop, Allergy Free Wednesdays, that would be great! Thanks Kim! - Tessa


  2. Sounds like a treat my boys would love.

  3. What a great idea! I ran across the Smashed Peas and Carrots recipe via pinterest and loved it, but was curious about using rice krispies. Here's my answer.
    We started adding 1/4 cup cocoa powder to the recipe too for chocolate no-bakes. Delicious.

  4. Great idea, Steph! I'll have to give that a try.

  5. I love the energy ball concept. I think I've made the original recipe that you posted. I'll try your recipe as well. They are so great to just pop in your mouth...you just have to have a little self-control. Thanks for sharing at Allergy-Free Wednesdays!

  6. i made a very similar granola ball recipe that I found on Sweet Potato Chronicles and my children loved it. can't wait to give your version a try too! i found your blog on the Top 25 contest and love it. will definitely be coming back for more veg inspiration. keep up the wonderful posts!!

  7. Thanks, Michelle!

    I'm looking forward to finding inspiration at The Willing Cook and The Full Plate Blog!