Chocolate Orange Energy Bites

 Vegan Chocolate Orange Energy Bites by Beautiful Ingredient

Vegan Chocolate Orange Energy Bites by Beautiful Ingredient

 Vegan Chocolate Orange Energy Bites are so easy!  by Beautiful Ingredient

Vegan Chocolate Orange Energy Bites are so easy!  by Beautiful Ingredient

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 For Vegan Chocolate Orange Energy Bites, Mix ingredients in a food processor until a dough ball forms.  By beautiful Ingredient

For Vegan Chocolate Orange Energy Bites, Mix ingredients in a food processor until a dough ball forms.  By beautiful Ingredient


Vegan |WFPB | Quick | Easy | Gluten-Free | Refined Sugar-Free | Nut-Free | Ready in 10 Minutes or Less


I just have a thing for the combination of chocolate and orange.  Adding citrus to chocolate raises the (chocolate) bar.  When that tasty combo can be ready for consumption within 10 minutes, I call that success.   

Energy bites - or bliss balls, cookie dough, whatever you like calling them - are so wonderful because they are easy to make, to grab while running out the door, to pack for lunch or a long bike ride, to get that snack and move on to the next thing.  They pack loads of yummy flavor, nutrition, and a quick energy boost into a little portable package.  They are a crowd-pleaser, generally satisfying all age groups (those under three and over one eating tiny pinches at a time).  In short, they are a little round real-food superhero for those moments when we need a boost.

As usual, I recommend doubling the recipe so you have plenty on-hand.  These babies disappear fast!

 Zested orange by Beautiful Ingredient

Zested orange by Beautiful Ingredient

 Vegan Chocolate Orange Energy Bites ready to eat, by Beautiful Ingredient

Vegan Chocolate Orange Energy Bites ready to eat, by Beautiful Ingredient

 Vegan Chocolate Orange Bliss Balls by Beautiful Ingredient

Vegan Chocolate Orange Bliss Balls by Beautiful Ingredient

 Vegan Chocolate Orange Energy Bites by Beautiful Ingredient

Vegan Chocolate Orange Energy Bites by Beautiful Ingredient


chocolate orange energy bites RECIPE

Vegan |WFPB | Quick | Easy | Gluten-Free | Refined Sugar-Free | Nut-Free | Ready in 10 Minutes or Less

YIELD:  About 22 one-inch energy bites

PREP TIME:   7 minutes
MIX TIME:  About 2 minutes
TOTAL TIME:  9 minutes until ready to eat!

CHILL TIME:  At least 30 minutes before storing 

RECIPE CATEGORY:  Snack or any time
PRIMARY TOOLS:  A medium pan and cooktop; food processor
COOKING METHOD: Toasting and mixing

Note: Kitchen times are approximate and will depend on various factors, like your personal kitchen speed and how many hands you have working with you. Cooking can become a centering experience that brings family together. I hope you enjoy the ride!


INGREDIENTS

1 cup rolled oats (if necessary, make sure the label indicates gluten-free)

1 cup medjool dates, pits removed

6 tablespoons chia seeds, hemp hearts, or a mix of the two

2 tablespoons cacao powder

4 teaspoons orange zest (from about 1 large or 2 medium oranges)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder

5 tablespoons orange juice (from the zested orange)

 

METHOD

1.  TOAST:  Heat a medium pan over medium heat.  Once hot add oats, stirring regularly until just becoming fragrant and slightly golden.  (Careful:  toasting too long will make the oats bitter.)  In a hurry?  It's ok to skip the toasting. Pour golden oats into food processor bowl.

2.  MIX DRY INGREDIENTS:  Add the dates, chia seeds/hemp hearts, cacao powder, zest, and vanilla powder.  Pulse until well mixed.

3.  MIX IN LIQUID:  Add the orange juice and process until a dough ball forms.

4.  SCOOP:  Using a tablespoon, form the dough into 1-inch balls and place them on a freezer-safe tray or plate.  It helps to have wet fingers to help keep the dough from sticking to your hands.

5.  FREEZE:  Freeze the energy bites for at least 30 minutes so they don't stick together when stored.

6.  STORE:  Place the bites in a container and store in the fridge, while they last.

7.  ENJOY!


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 heathered granite napkins from the beautiful ingredient shop

heathered granite napkins from the beautiful ingredient shop


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 Quick & Easy Vegan Chocolate Orange Energy Bites by Beautiful Ingredient

Quick & Easy Vegan Chocolate Orange Energy Bites by Beautiful Ingredient