Have I ever told you that 3 out of the 5 people in my family have very serious allergies to nuts? Myself and my mom are the only two that are okay with them. This means that growing up we rarely had nuts/nut butters in the house and me and my mom got to eat ALL of the nut-containing halloween candy that my sisters couldn't eat (heh heh). We're older now, but the same rules still stand and because I want to include everyone and have them try food that I make, I find myself making more nut allergy friendly treats and meals.
So instead of adding everything in at the same time, I like to put the "sticky" ingredients in first. Wet ingredients? You know what I mean! The stuff that make the bites hold their shape! I find combining those ingredients first to make a paste, makes it easier to just pulse the other ingredients in to combine everything. In go the medjool dates, sunflower seed butter, and coconut butter. You can substitute coconut oil for the coconut butter if you have that on hand, and any other nut/seed butter if there are no allergies in your family! Pretty much works with anything! Another tip I'd like to add is that make sure the medjool dates you purchase are fresh, soft and chewy. They will blend so well and have the richest caramel flavour!
After a paste is formed, all you have to do is throw in the remaining ingredients and purse to combine! Make them however small/large you'd like I did around 1 heaping tablespoon her bite and then rolled them in different toppings! Hemp hearts, toasted sesame seeds, and shredded coconut are great options ! This batch made 28 smaller sized bites. I like to have these on hand for a snack between meals, pack them for hikes or before a long walk with my dog, or as an evening sweet treat! Freeze them on a cookie tray, then pop them into a ziplock bag. Store in the fridge or freezer!
Nut-Free Energy Bites
Makes 28 small bites
Time: 20 mins
For Rolling: Shredded coconut, toasted sesame seeds, hemp hearts