Hands up if you ate a little too much chocolate over Easter! While I didn’t eat a single chocolate egg this year (yes, that sound you hear is the sound of my inner Chunk from The Goonies sobbing) I definitely overindulged on the food front and will be blaming Easter feasting for my next crotch blow-out. No regrets though.
As I mentioned before, I’ve really been trying to cut down on sugar in my diet so I’m always looking for sugar-free snacks to satisfy my sweet tooth and stop the nagging sugar cravings, especially after dinner when I would steal sweets straight from a baby.
These raw vegan date and pecan nut bites are the latest discovery on my quest for sugar-free goodness. If you’re also embracing the sugar-free life and you want something sweet that’s not gonna take you an hour to create and bake in the kitchen, this recipe for no bake date and pecan bites will do the trick. You’re looking at 20-30 minutes in the kitchen tops.
Even though this recipe needs just 5 ingredients, it’s a vegan snack, it works if you’re on a plant-based diet and, most importantly, it’s absolutely delicious. I like to keep a bowl of them in the fridge for a few days and to pop one (or three) before I head out for the morning stroll I’ve been vowing to do every day.
If you’ve got a favourite vegan snack or raw treat, I’m always looking for new recipe ideas so let me know in the comments or tweet me Lisa_Hughes.
5 pitted medjool dates
85g-100g pecan nuts, soaked overnight or for a few hours (or you can use cashews)
1 heaped tablespoon of nut butter (I used smooth sugar-free peanut butter)
½ cup of jumbo oats
2-3 heaped tablespoons of desiccated coconut
Soak the pitted dates in warm water for about 10 minutes.
Drain both the pecan nuts and dates and roughly chop them on the chopping board.
Add them to a large mixing bowl and stir in the spoonful of peanut butter.
Using a hand-held blender, blend everything together until it’s well mixed and smooth.
Add the coconut and oats. Use a spoon to mix these extra dry ingredients with the wet mixture.
Press the mixture into a large sticky ball shape and use a teaspoon (or your well washed hands!) to take pieces and roll into small-ish bites.
Place the bites on a large plate or baking tray and refrigerate for an hour.
To make these bites a little bit extra, you could drizzle some dark melted chocolate over them before refrigerating.
They should keep for 2-3 days in the fridge…but trust me, they won’t last that long!